Information Technology Portfolio Management

Friday June 8, 2007

What is it? Information Technology Portfolio Management (IT PfM) is an effort to optimize DOD investments in information technology. By examining the entire enterprise and identifying similar IT assets the Army can provide maximum effectiveness to warfighters for the least possible cost, at a level of associated risk that is acceptable to the nation. IT PfM is based on an iterative process of data collection, analyses, selection, and controls/feedback very similar to the process used by Wall Street to manage financial portfolios.

What has the Army done? The Army has implemented the Army Portfolio Management Solution (APMS) to facilitate collection and analysis of information necessary to prioritize the thousands of IT investments within its portfolio. IT investments are grouped according to the mission capabilities they support: Warfighter, Business and Enterprise Information Environment Mission Areas, each of which is led by a three- or four-star level general officer or senior executive.

IT Portfolio Management is closely aligned with enterprise architectures, which have been developed within the Business Mission Area. In the Warfighter and the Enterprise Information Environment Mission Areas, analyses have begun in select, high value areas such as Tactical Knowledge Management and Collaboration. Since the program's beginning in July 2005, the Army's capabilities-based IT PfM processes have helped to eliminate a large number of redundant systems. Evidence tells us we have much more to gain through our PfM efforts.

The Army's 17 domains have developed Domain Transformation Plans consistent with Army's Enterprise PfM processes. The Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army will endorse those Plans and the authority of Domain and Mission Area Leads to execute effective Portfolio Management, including system termination after appropriate review. Progress against these Plans is being measured at bi-annual Portfolio Reviews conducted by the Army's Portfolio Review Committee, as established by 5 January 2006 AKM Guidance Memorandum - Capabilities-Based Information Technology Portfolio Governance Implementing Guidance. Metrics associated with these Plans will feed the Army's Strategic Management System to ensure focus on and alignment to the Army's Mission and Overarching Interrelated Objectives.

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement. To continue reading this topic in its entirety, click here.

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