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How CIOs Build an Integrated Portfolio View to Prioritize the Value of IT Spending

Published: 10 October 2017

ID: G00328971

Analyst(s): Michael Smith, Stewart Buchanan


CIOs often ask for a single view of IT spending in response to senior executive, business or investor demand. Not a trivial exercise, this research explores how CIOs and their staff reconcile all technology expenditures into one coherent strategic report to optimize cost, risk and business value.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Build on Existing Portfolio Views to Maximize the Business Return on All Digital Technology Spending While Managing Its Risks
    • Start With Project Management Processes
    • Start With All Sources of Budgetary Data
    • Categorize Spending
  • Build From the Foundation Up by Including all Current Cost Commitments and Supporting Data to Align Total Expenditure (Totex) With Business Value and Eliminate Overspending
    • Normalize the Data for Consistency
    • Classify the Data by Business Priority
    • Quantify Value and Risk
  • Include all Strategic Options Being Discussed by Analyzing Where and How They Fit Into the Overall Portfolio to Deliver Timely Decision Support on Digital Technology Opportunities
    • Begin Strategies Within the Portfolio
    • Optimize Business Value
    • Modernize Outdated IT Financial Management
    • Continually Optimize Spending Against Budget
    • Work Within the Business Portfolio
    • Review Technology Governance

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