Application Rationalization in the Chemical Sector

Is your application portfolio becoming unmanageable? Many companies have dozens if not hundreds of applications implemented, but most of tend to actively use far fewer than that. The growing list of applications supported by a company presents a significant problem as associated costs often run into millions of dollars a year.

Companies tend to accumulate applications, that is true for companies in every sector and industry, including chemical manufacturing and refining. Whether the applications were implemented to support users in their job function, added as part of a merger or acquisition, or custom built to support unique business needs, there is often little revision of older apps. “In many cases, apps are unused or underused because of a disconnect between the user and the IT teams that designed and built the applications.” No matter the rationale for keeping unused or underutilized applications, one thing is certain, it drains valuable company resources.

Strategies for Rationalizing Your Application Portfolio

Reducing a bloated application portfolio and costs requires strategy and commitment from cross-functional stakeholders. Chemical process facilities can operate safer and more efficiently by following the three steps to reducing application sprawl and resource drain:

  1. Involve IT early in the application research and procurement process: Too often IT teams are brought in late in the process and are not given a chance to weigh in on the possible options. Why not? They are after all the ones who will be implementing and supporting the application and its users. Improving collaboration between those using the application and those supporting it is an important step to streamlining operations, reducing costs, and improving efficiency. 
  2. Align cross-functional teams: Environmental, Health, and Safety teams are often united in cause but separated by performance and functional goals. Fostering alignment between teams can often leads to improved collaboration, increased efficiency, and reduced IT budgets. Part of the process is overcoming the resistance to change due. As users are often comfortable with older applications even if they are inefficient or become misaligned with business needs and processes. 
  3. Implement application portfolio and user reviews: A clear strategy for prioritizing user goals, IT demands, and business demands is essential to reducing costs. If an application is no longer used or no longer aligns with current business processes, it should be retired. Additionally, with the popularity of Software as a Services (SaaS) subscriptions the list of subscribed users should be reviewed and scrubbed regularly.

Smarter. Simpler. Safer.

To improve cross-functional alignment and reduce digital infrastructure costs, when it comes to chemical safety, SAFER® Systems developed SAFER One™. A breakthrough cloud-based integrated platform that enables chemical organizations to monitor, model, and mitigate chemical incidents all from a single intuitive interface. SAFER One integrates in real-time with facility gas and weather sensors to support Industrial Hygiene, HazMat Response, and Environmental teams.

SAFER One allows chemical organizations to easily scale their gas detection needs while also providing simple user permissions management, support for corporate hierarchy, as well as single sign-on capabilities. With 35+ years in the chemical safety industry, SAFER One is a simpler, smarter, and scalable solution for the chemical sector.

To learn how SAFER Systems can help your organization align chemical safety initiatives while lowering application implementation and maintenance costs call us at 805.383.9711 or email us at


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