Increasing investment in consolidating applications is a growing trend among businesses, according to software giant HP.This is being driven by rationalisation following recent high levels of mergers and acquisition activity, wiht organisations looking to consolidate both hardware and applications. HP cites itself as an example of this trend."[Through mergers and acquisitions] we inherited a lot of applications and we needed to bring some of them to end of life. It gets rid of redundancies," said Mark Sarbiewski, vice-president of application solutions at HP, told Computerworld UK at <a href="http://h41112.www4.hp.com/events/software-universe-2010/">HP Software Universe</a> in Barcelona."A few years ago, we had 7,000 applications. We went on a big rationalisation strategy - we have 2,000 now and I think we can get to 1,200."It is not just M&A that is driving the application rationalisation. Michael Garrett, director of professional services UK and Ireland at HP, said that businesses are also updating their application platform, which indicates that organisations are no longer just looking at making cost savings.
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