App Consolidation: A Strategy That's Always In Style

Windows 7 rollouts and increased M&A are two good catalysts for app consolidation.

Application consolidation should never go out of style. Sure, the cost-cutting pressure of the recession has eased a bit, but there are new forces--a Windows 7 rollout, increased M&A activity, new application development--that call for the discipline to cut unnecessary apps. Complexity is every bit as big a problem as cost, and app consolidation helps fight both.