Application Portfolio Management Pilot
Application Portfolio Management is to state government technology services what investment portfolio management is to, for example, a venture capital fund; the promotion and use of effective application portfolio management helps state agencies make informed, prioritized decisions about investments in technology services that support their business needs.
In response to House Bill 1890, DIR's ESS team engaged seven state agencies in August 2015 to participate in an Application Portfolio Management (APM) pilot. The team identified an APM toolset and related technical services to support the pilot solution. That pilot concluded in November 2016 with a report to leadership.
Following the 2014 legacy systems study and the passage of HB 1890, DIR was directed to provide an APM service with the option to perform a pilot to better understand the needs and scope of a full service. This APM pilot resulted in a few findings for agencies including the value of having a centralized approach to APM to collect and analyze data, having an APM to describe the relationships between their business applications, and having effective APM governance to ensure consistent configuration, among others.
Final recommendations of the pilot confirmed that an APM solution is viable for state agencies and interested customers. DIR should design, procure, and offer the APM service to all interested agencies. DIR has the budget and authority to initiate the service, and has engaged with the Data Center Services (DCS) Managed Application Service (MAS) Application Development Services (ADS) provider to implement a SaaS solution.
View the full report here.