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Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for IIPA Recognizes UMT360 As A Visionary

Written by Hubie Sturtevant on November 30th, 2018 at 10:05 am

For the seventh consecutive year, UMT360 is once again recognized as a Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated IT Portfolio Analysis Applications (IIPA). In its 2018 report, Gartner recognizes UMT360 for its completeness of vision and ability to execute. The full report can be found here (Gartner subscription required).

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UMT360 Named A Visionary In Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for IIPA

Written by Hubie Sturtevant on November 28th, 2017 at 9:59 am

UMT360 has once again been recognized as a Visionary in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Integrated IT Portfolio Analysis Applications (IIPA). This is the sixth consecutive year that UMT360 has been recognized by Gartner for its completeness of vision and ability to execute. The full report can be found here (Gartner subscription required).

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Things Will Be Heating Up At Ignite Next Week!

Written by Hubie Sturtevant on April 29th, 2015 at 10:46 am

Close to 20,000 people will gather in Chicago for Microsoft Ignite during the first week of May. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there, but we’re particularly interested in connecting with anyone who manages or depends on Microsoft Project Online and Project Server. If that sounds like you, and you’re planning on attending Ignite, please stop by booth # 549 – we’d love to see you! Because not only can we show you how to make Project work harder for you. We also have a fun challenge that could make all your walking of the show floor really pay off!

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What is Portfolio Management?

Written by Ben Chamberlain on June 5th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Ask ten people to define portfolio management and you’ll likely receive ten different answers. Of the various definitions, most will focus on some sort of aggregate reporting across portfolios or highlight alignment of spend with strategic priorities and selecting the optimal project portfolio under varying budget constraints.

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Debunking the Growth Capacity Gap

Written by Ben Chamberlain on May 5th, 2014 at 2:57 pm

In Gartner’s recently released 2014 CEO and Senior Executive Survey, a third of the executives surveyed named growth as their top priority.   Businesses want growth but face a series of challenges when it comes to finding ways to paying for it.   Among other things, the run-the-business investments are eroding capacity, consuming funds needed for growth, so the business has to find a way to rationalize the operational spend.  As a result, organizations are taking a hard look at their Application Portfolio Management (APM) to determine what they need to do to make it more effective.

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TIME Analysis & APM

Written by admin on April 25th, 2014 at 7:00 am

An important part of Application Portfolio Management (APM) is creating a strong inventory of information and leveraging powerful business intelligence and analytic capabilities to help identify transformation alternatives and make decisions in terms of which applications to maintain, invest in, enhance or retire. A comprehensive analysis will help identify under-performing applications, redundancies within the portfolio and highlight applications which may be costly and a poor fit.

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Rationalize & Get More Business Value from Your Applications – March 18th

Written by Ben Chamberlain on March 10th, 2014 at 8:00 am

Today, more than a third of IT budgets are consumed by applications with half of that dedicated to maintaining legacy systems which, in so many cases, don’t align with current business needs.    As a result, executives are turning to Application Portfolio Management (APM) to rationalize their operational costs, modernize their applications and better align with business priorities and needs.   In a webinar now available on-demand, UMT360’s Ben Chamberlain demonstrates how UMT360’s APM is helping businesses get more business value from their application portfolios.

He will show how UMT360 helps you:
  • build an application inventory and maintain key metrics
  • derive total cost of ownership of each application
  • identify redundancies across the portfolio
  • use TIME analysis techniques to rationalize the portfolio
  • capture lifecycle decisions in powerful transformation roadmaps

Click here to view the complimentary webinar on Application Portfolio Management and for more information about UMT360, contact us today.

Application Portfolio Management Webinar Now Available On-Demand

Written by Ben Chamberlain on February 13th, 2014 at 11:59 am

Mike Gruia, UMT360

With pressure to do more with less, IT leaders are turning to Application Portfolio Management (APM) to help them rationalize the operational costs so they can allocate more funds toward innovation.  APM is also helping them modernize their portfolios so they have the agility needed to successfully meet changing business demands.

Recently, UMT360 CEO Mike Gruia discussed in an APM webinar, 3 Breakthrough Models being used by APM Top Performers.  Mike stressed the importance of finding more effective ways to manage applications which currently consume a major portion of an organization’s IT budget.   Top performers are able to apply the three models to make smarter investment decisions.

  1. Portfolio Integration – explore relationships that exist between the business and IT portfolios
  2. Financial Intelligence – understand the cost of operations and change
  3. Roadmap Synchronization – record and communicate decisions across an application’s lifecycle

Webinar Poll Results:  When asked about the most important APM success attributes, 63% of webinar attendees said integration tops their list.   55% of attendees said APM concepts will benefit them most in strategy and rationalization with 28% saying their benefit will be primarily in cost reduction.

Learn more about how to get started implementing Application Portfolio Management.  Click here to view Mike’s presentation on-demand.

Ushering in 2014 & Your Application Spend

Written by Mike Gruia on January 6th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

As we ring in 2014, IT spending is on its way up.  Gartner is forecasting a 3.1% increase in worldwide IT spending this year taking it to an estimated $3.8 trillion.  Also on the rise, the amount of software budgets dedicated to applications.  In a Gartner enterprise IT spending study last year, respondents indicated the largest portion of their software budgets, 36%, is focused on enterprise application software; 33% of the budget goes to infrastructure software; and 31% to vertical industry-specific applications. The increase in funds dedicated to enterprise application software is necessary largely due to organizations working with outdated application systems.  In most mature markets, those systems are more than a decade old and replacement of the antiquated technology is critical to remaining competitive.

This is a good time to review your own 2014 application spend asking yourself whether your budget as currently written will be able to help you achieve your business goals and new business needs among the ever changing market conditions.  As well, how will the move to the cloud impact your spending?  Gartner reported last year that only 38% of organizations they surveyed were using cloud services, yet 80% of respondents indicated they would be using cloud services over the next year so certainly the cloud will have a strong impact on spending in 2014.

Here are some recommendations and thoughts we share with our own customers as they step into Q1 – subjects we’ll be discussing more throughout 2014:

  1. Shining a light – Prepare an IT strategic road map and ensure it’s aligned to business strategy.
  2. Time to get started – Develop a APM approach to rationalize or modernize your application portfolio.
  3. Product revolution – Use the more agile product-focused thinking when examining your IT spend.
  4. Tracing spend – Prevent the failure to control the life cycle cost liabilities of your portfolio.
  5. Playing responsible – Assess the ability of existing APM, PPM and Financial Governance mechanisms to effectively support your strategic direction and change.
  6. There is only one portfolio – Integrate APM and PPM decisions to create and sustain competitive advantage.
  7. Where are the benefits? – Business benefits and their tie to business engagement will be increasingly important this year.