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Obama Embraces IT Project Portfolio Management (PPM)

Although the Clinger-Cohen act was passed in 1996 that mandated a capital planning and investment control process, PPM as it’s found in the private sector is only just making its way to the federal government. As a recent memorandum from the Executive Office of the President notes, ‘the stove-piped and complex nature of the Federal enterprise has led over the years to a proliferation of duplicative and low priority investments in information technology (IT).’

The Federal Government is now focusing on maximizing the return on American taxpayers’ investment in government IT by instituting a new IT portfolio management process. Their goal is to root out waste across the Federal IT portfolio and avoid investment in low priority and duplicative ITinvestments.

As the Federal Chief Information Officer mentions in a blog post, over the next year agencies are required to lead agency-wide IT portfolio reviews within their respective organizations. This will lead totargets for IT spending reductions, illustrate how investments within the ITportfolio align with the agency’s mission and business functions, establishcriteria for identifying wasteful, “low-value,” or duplicative investments and improve governance and program management.

As election seasonstarts, it will be interesting to see how the different candidates discuss costreduction for the federal government. For our part, Daptiv recently partnered up with Winvale to help the government agencies with thiseffort. We hope over the next few years we can share some of our experience tohelp the US government’s IT portfolio reduce costs and improve business

Posted on: August 17, 2012 12:32 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Key Takeaways from the Gartner 2012 PPM Magic Quadrant

Gartner recently released the 2012 Gartner PPM Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based Project and Portfolio Management Services. This magic quadrant is focused on the needs of PPM leaders to improve speed, accuracy and agility, while managing risks and costs. It profiles vendors that are providing disruptive technologies — cloud and software as a service (SaaS) — to support these needs.

In addition to the vendor analysis, Gartner identified four key trends they are seeing in the PPM marketplace:

1.    PPM Sweet Spot

Gartner has observed a growing trend of organizations focusing on enhancing the collaboration,communication and reporting that targets the information flow between the project manager (the one responsible for managing and monitoring the work) and the project sponsor (the one asking for the work). Sweet spot communication and reporting require a “just enough” approach to the level of detail required to fit the audience. For instance, key tasks or milestones or phases might be tracked, but the sweet spot does not venture any deeper into more detailed PPM activities.

 2.    PPM and Agile Development Support

With the rise of agile development, PPM applications are supporting some of the communication, collaboration and reporting nuances associated with agile development methods, such as Scrum. A typical project portfolio includes different project types based on a wide range of methodologies, including waterfall, hybrid agile/iterative and more sophisticated agile variants for new product development. PPM solutions are now supporting more integrations to providers such as Atlassian and its issue and bug tracking Jira product, as well as Rally and its products that support agile development.

3.    PPM, Social Networking and Collaboration

Gartner notes that social networking and collaboration in the PPM context seem more like fads that could fade away someday, rather than become a legitimate mainstay PPM capability. Enterprise collaboration and communication tools, including issue tracking, threaded discussions, synchronization, integration to and from email systems and applications, and other mechanisms that have been staples of PPM software products for years. With the rise of’s Chatter, Jive and Yammer that could change if something more meaningful and useful evolves from this introduction of social networking and collaboration in PPM software.

4.    PPM and Mobile Device Support

Finally, PPM providers are using HTML5 to connect a PPM system to a number of mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones. PPM providers are focused on delivering three main mobile capabilities to their customers early: (1) Time reporting, allowing end users to report their time from mobile devices into the PPM system, (2) The ability to approve items within a process flow of a PPM system, and (3) Executive reporting to mobile devices, so end users (for example, business managers or project managers) can access and view reports and dashboards from their tablets or smartphones.

You can view a full copy of the 2012 Gartner PPM Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based Project and Portfolio Management Services at

Posted on: August 07, 2012 05:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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