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Portfolio Management; CIO Desk Reference Chapter 10, Updated Q3 2012

Published: 30 September 2012

ID: G00246984

Analyst(s): Bill Swanton , Robert Handler


CIOs should focus on establishing better management of IT investments. In addition, senior management requires a flexible IT resource that can respond quickly to sudden changes in the economic and political environment. Portfolio management is a key management tool to achieve those goals.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • Focus on IT Investments
  • Forming, Norming, Storming the IT Life Cycle: IT Discovery, IT Project and IT Asset Phases
  • IT Portfolio Management 101 — Definition and Characteristics of Portfolio Management
    • Overview
    • IT Portfolio Approaches and IT Subportfolios
    • “To Go Where No Man Has Gone Before:” The IT Discovery Portfolio
    • Ready, Aim, Fire: The IT Project Portfolio
    • If It Ain’t Broke, It Must Exist: The IT Asset Portfolio
    • You Talkin’ To Me? - Focus on People
    • Comparison of IT Portfolio Management to Financial Portfolio Management
  • Portfolio Management — Value and Risks
    • Value
    • Risks
    • Case History: Mercy Health Partners
    • Case History: AXA Financial
  • An Example of IT Portfolio Management
    • Principle of Portfolio Management
    • Using the Pace of Chance to Segment the Portfolio
    • Applying Pace Layering to the Investment Portfolio
    • Applying Pace Layering to the Application Portfolio
  • Observations From the Field
    • Project Portfolio
    • Application Portfolio
  • Conclusions
    • CIO Call to Action
    • Conclusions

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