Summary

Increase your return on IT investments and reduce transformational risks by understanding when, where, how and why to make changes in your organization’s IT portfolio by using the Alfabet IT Planning and Portfolio Management Platform.
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Key benefits
  • Align IT portfolios to business strategy, required capabilities and requested demands
  • Manage changes to IT portfolios in a consistent and transparent manner
  • Expose dependencies and impacts between different IT portfolios—current and future
  • Provide relevant stakeholders with a collaborative planning platform
Features
  • Cross-portfolio analytics for a high-level view of how the various IT portfolios—application, project, technology, demand—interrelate
  • Collaborative planning facilitated through road mapping, stakeholder-oriented views and reporting
  • Process workflows to ensure alignment to policies and timelines to maintain governance and keep IT up-to-speed in the demand and portfolio processes
  • Portfolio assessment according to any number of indicators to base portfolio decisions on the value, cost and risk across a number of possible IT investment alternatives
  • Future-state planning and change management including on-demand generation of views of the IT landscape for any desired date or timeframe

STAKEHOLDER SUPPORT
  • Use Web and mobile-based portals to enable immediate access to information on the IT landscape for portfolio, application, technology, demand and project managers
  • Communicate portfolio choices using portfolio diagrams and the many other report types delivered out-of-the-box
  • Answer any stakeholder question on the IT portfolio using ad-hoc reporting
PORTFOLIO GOVERNANCE
  • Create manageable portfolios that show clear responsibility for capturing information, assessing portfolios and decision-making
  • Implement standard business portfolios along business capability or organizational responsibility, for example, and create ad-hoc portfolios as needed
  • Use workflows and monitors to ensure that all required information is available and assessed before decisions are made and to make approval decisions transparent and auditable
DATA CAPTURE AND MAINTENANCE
  • Use the Alfabet import/export facility for initial load and synchronization with other sources to ensure that the inventory is complete and up-to-date
  • Use wizards, workflows and surveys to capture data ensuring the IT landscape is documented with a consistent quality and categorized according to corporate conventions
Application portfolio management
Application inventory
  • Manage the inventory data using intuitive wizards and workfows
  • Capture the business, technology, information and functional perspectives as they relate to applications
  • Use monitors and reports to ensure inventory completeness and data quality
Portfolio assessments
  • Analyze the application portfolio along multiple dimensions, such as cost, risk, usage, technology health and business fit
  • Add new information attributes “on the fly” to perform ad-hoc application assessments
  • Equip technology owners with application lifecycle reports to align their technology support plans and to understand application road-map impacts

Project portfolio management
Project inventory

  • Create a central project inventory and confgure the program and project breakdown structure to ft your organization’s needs
  • Understand the relationship of projects to strategies, demands, business capabilities, applications and technologies
  • Enforce minimum standards for project documentation and assessment using wizards and workfows
Portfolio assessments
  • Organize project portfolios along business structures—for example, organizations and business capabilities
  • Create ad-hoc portfolios for specifc, nonstandard assessments
  • Use portfolio scenarios to make tradeoffs transparent for decision-makers
Project planning
  • Document how projects change applications and technologies and perform impact analysis of projects on application and technology road maps
  • Understand dependencies between projects and architecture to improve portfolio planning integrity

Technology portfolio management
Technology inventory
  • Manage technologies from a central inventory supporting single and composite technologies as well as multiple taxonomies
  • Understand the relationships between various IT-related elements, for example, technology usage by applications, supplying vendors and associated contracts

Portfolio assessments
  • Combine and aggregate KPIs to create technology rankings
  • Assess future technology innovations, for example, mobile or cloud, for their ability to improve business
  • Perform impact assessments on the current landscape when planning transformation programs to detect conficts and identify potential synergies
Demand management
Demand inventory
  • Provide all IT stakeholders with a central inventory of the information required to assess demands and build an IT strategy

Demand assessments
  • Associate demands to the strategies they support and the business capabilities they impact
  • Ensure alignment of demands to business and IT goals using KPIs measuring issues such as value contribution, cost and architectural impact
  • Use portfolio diagrams and other analytical techniques to ensure that only the demands leading to the best business outcomes are approved

Impact analysis
  • Document impacted capabilities, processes, applications, technologies and information objects during demand capture to be able to assess demand impact early in the approval process
  • Consolidate demands by automatic identifcation of similar demands and thus reduce implementation effort and avoid conficts during project execution