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Re: 3 things federal CIOs can do to optimize their application portfolios

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Paul, 

 

Thanks for your comment.  Actually as part of the IT Reform Initiative, federal agencies are required to establish internal measures to assess program/project health.  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has provided guidance to agencies on how to conduct technical status reviews, and what qualifies as underperforming, but agencies are required to have their own measurement process in place by June of this year.

 

Many agencies have conducted technical status reviews or “tech-stats." The results of these have been published on www.cio.gov.   

 

Don’t hesitate to reach out with more questions/comments. From my experience with working with agencies, a good performance measurement of IT investments should include financial as well as strategic/business alignment, risk, schedule, security and enterprise architecture criteria. This ensures that all stakeholder interests are considered. Of course, leveraging a portfolio scenario/what-if analysis tool configured with specific criteria can also greatly help with portfolio optimization and/or application rationalization.

 

Best Regards

 

David

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PaulMuller

How do Fed agencies categorize "underperforming"? Obviously revenue or profit are not widely used as measures (unless we're talking about parking inspectors and traffic cameras in the area I live, they seem to be money making machines if the camera flashes and parking tickets on windows are anything to go by!).

 

More seriously, how would a Fed/Public Sector CIO know if they're trimming dead wood or the next breakthrough in waiting?

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Paul, 

 

Thanks for your comment.  Actually as part of the IT Reform Initiative, federal agencies are required to establish internal measures to assess program/project health.  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has provided guidance to agencies on how to conduct technical status reviews, and what qualifies as underperforming, but agencies are required to have their own measurement process in place by June of this year.

 

Many agencies have conducted technical status reviews or “tech-stats." The results of these have been published on www.cio.gov.   

 

Don’t hesitate to reach out with more questions/comments. From my experience with working with agencies, a good performance measurement of IT investments should include financial as well as strategic/business alignment, risk, schedule, security and enterprise architecture criteria. This ensures that all stakeholder interests are considered. Of course, leveraging a portfolio scenario/what-if analysis tool configured with specific criteria can also greatly help with portfolio optimization and/or application rationalization.

 

Best Regards

 

David

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