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Critical Capabilities for Strategic Portfolio Management

Published: 26 April 2023


Effective strategic portfolio management capabilities can help enterprises to accelerate their digital initiatives and adapt amid disruption. Strategic portfolio leaders should use this research to find suitable products that advance their SPM maturity and strategy-to-execution needs.

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Key Findings
  • Organizations that strengthen their strategic portfolio management (SPM) capabilities also increase their ability to rapidly launch and deliver new digital initiatives while adjusting through certain disruption and ambiguity.

  • Organizations are increasing digital investments in the midst of a dynamic environment, with a focus on driving speed to value while optimizing constrained resources.

  • The SPM market is still emerging, but many enterprises are beginning to mature their SPM practices. This creates a new customer environment that requires careful discernment of what products are a best fit for enterprise SPM capabilities.


Strategic portfolio leaders that are responsible for enabling the execution of strategy

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  • Broadcom
  • Cora Systems
  • EOS Software
  • Planisware
  • Planview
  • Shibumi
  • Software AG
  • Sopheon
  • UMT360
  • Uppwise
  • Element Definition and Mapping
  • Element-Neutral Portfolio Creation
  • Funding and Investment Modeling
  • Demand Management
  • Adaptive Program Management
  • Resource Plan/Scenario Modeling
  • Element-Neutral Roadmapping
  • Mapping, Tracking and Analysis
  • Integration
  • Strategy Execution Management
  • Enterprise Program and Portfolio Management
  • Integrated IT Portfolio Analysis

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Critical Capabilities: A deeper look into provider offerings

How does a Critical Capabilities report work?

As a companion to the Magic Quadrant™, a Critical Capabilities report scores competing products and services against a set of meaningful differentiators. It reveals which options are the best fit in various use cases to help you focus on the vendors best suited to your needs.

A Critical Capabilities report is more than just a diagram. You also get:

Sharper focus

Narrow down the product and service criteria most important to you.

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Use data to speed up provider selection and accelerate the procurement process.

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We analyze contract terms and conditions to protect you against future price increases and unanticipated costs.

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