I have been associated with the AppDNA product since 2009, when I was working as a Global Solution Architect at IBM.

I used AppDNA in a Windows XP to Windows 7 migration for a global oil and natural gas company with over 6,500 applications in its portfolio. As large as they were, they actually had a pretty good handle on what applications were in their environment. Still, it took them a year to track down and deliver all of the source software needed to analyze it with AppDNA.

And what’s going to happen when they want to migrate to Windows 10?  The same scrambling for source software, project planning and wasted time.

AppDNA Overview Summary ReportThis opened my eyes and I saw what AppDNA truly was.  It wasn’t just an application compatibility tool you pull out of a drawer every few years to use for OS migrations or virtualization projects. AppDNA is an application portfolio management platform to be used each and every day. 

Let me explain.

Think of AppDNA as the wide end of a funnel. The funnel you “pour” all of your applications into at the beginning of their lifecycle management. AppDNA is the repository for your application information, such as security issues, dependencies and your portal to many technologies.

Think of your software portfolio right now.

  • Wouldn’t it be nice to see existing software compatibility information, but also have the ability to test new software your business is considering procuring?
  • What if there is an incompatibility with your gold image(s) or with another business critical software application already in the environment?
  • How long would it take you to test this new software against all of your gold images and your entire application portfolio?

Could you even fathom the amount of time it would take to do this? No, instead we take a blind plunge without first testing the waters.  We all do. With AppDNA, you don’t have to.

I have been preaching this use of AppDNA since I left IBM to join a small start-up in 2011. Customers that adopted this use of AppDNA have an advantage over everyone else when it comes to testing application compatibility with Windows 10. Not only have they benefitted from the application information AppDNA has provided them since their migration to Windows 7 or 8/8.1, they will be able to test their entire application portfolio in just a few hours (instead of a year).

In the near future, Citrix will release a new version of AppDNA with algorithms to test applications for compliance with Windows 10.  Once that update is released to customers, our current AppDNA customers will upgrade their AppDNA server, enable the Windows 10 algorithms and analyze their application portfolio without re-importing a single application! How about that for efficiency?

If you want more information on how to use AppDNA as an application portfolio life cycle platform to future proof your application portfolio, let me know.  You can reach me here at Citrix or on Twitter @AppDNAGuy.