Applying this strategy with the educational application, Naviance assisted me to better understand the need for an Application Rationale Analysis and how this process provides a consistent strategy to make more informed decisions.
In moving forward with an Application Rationalization Process, I would recommend the following steps:
- Inventory applications and determine which applications should be included.
- Explain why an application rationale process is necessary and the ways it will benefit the school site or district.
- Communicate with all stakeholders and gain "buy-in".
- Provide a cost/benefit analysis of maintaining existing application, deploying new ones, and retiring old ones.
Nelson, Scott D., (2010). Application Overhaul. Gartner, Inc. Retrieved on March 19, 2015 from http://www.gartner.com/it/initiatives/pdf/KeyInitiativeOverview_ApplicationOverhaul.pdf