alfabet, a leading provider of strategic IT planning and business IT management solutions, announced today that the leading information technology research and advisory company Gartner, Inc. has placed alfabet in the Leaders quadrant of its recent report "Magic Quadrant for Integrated IT Portfolio Analysis Applications.â The report is authored by Daniel B. Stang was published on August 8, 2011.
"Weâre very pleased that Gartner has recognized alfabet as a leader in the new Magic Quadrant of IT Portfolio Analysis Applications,â said Erik Masing, Co-Founder and CEO of alfabet. âThis is a testament to alfabetâs ability to help develop and manage how the project portfolio affects the business and enterprise architecture, the application, technology and services portfolios, as well as business strategies.â
Based on a solid understanding of business strategies and architectural cause and effect relationships critical to the enterprise, alfabet provides for greatly enhanced understanding of IT demands, supporting assessment, consolidation, conflict and redundancy analysis against existing enterprise capabilities as well as business strategies, thus providing quantifiable business value to an organization.
"Many IT projects fail to deliver value to the organization as the underlying plans have not been well founded in the business context or the plans have been invalidated by reality once the project started, because the best route always changes." explains Ulrich Kalex, VP Product Line Management at alfabet, "With our unique approach of evolutionary planning, alfabet allows the accurate creation of plans in the context of the relevant portfolios as well as their constant update with real-time information once the project is underway."
Solving the complexity equation
Demands by the business usually hit the IT organization on an unrelated one-by-one basis resulting in an equation where one demand equals one projects equals one application adding up to a highly complex and redundant landscape. Integrated IT planning and portfolio management helps to consolidate demands, evaluate them against existing enterprise capabilities as well as business strategies and either retire applications that are not needed anymore or reuse existing applications that would support the demand. Thus, duplicate demands are consolidated in an early stage avoiding duplicate projects and applications respectively. Additionally, demands that are already supported by the existing landscape are easily identifiable and requestors can be pointed to the existing IT capabilities thus maximizing reuse Traditional solutions for managing the project portfolio lack this capability of oversight and analysis that enables the consolidation of demands in the context of the existing landscape. This capability requires deep insight into the enterpriseâs portfolios of applications, services, information and technology portfolio and their respective support of business capabilities â a domain thatâs handled by EAM.
alfabet was already recognized as a leader by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders Quadrant in the "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools" by Chris Wilson and Julie Short, published October 28th 2010.