Browse Definitions:
Definition

application portfolio management (APM)

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Working with Enterprise ALM: Mobile, cloud and more

Application portfolio management (APM) is a framework for managing enterprise IT software applications and software-based services. APM provides managers with an inventory of the company's software applications and metrics to illustrate the business benefits of each application.

An APM system uses a scoring algorithm for generating reports about the value of each application and the health of the IT infrastructure as a whole. By gathering metrics like an application's age, how often it's used, the cost it takes to maintain it and its interrelationships with other applications, a manager can use more than just an educated guess to decide whether or not a particular application should be kept, updated, retired or replaced. 

According to NASA's Office of the Chief Information Officer :

"[APM] is really about implementing a repeatable process to assess what we have, and, if an application is not performing or does not meet our architectural requirements, eliminating it and replacing it with a better performing application. We’re doing it to try and reduce the money we spend on maintaining existing applications (that don’t perform well) and freeing up that money to invest in new and better performing applications."

 

See also: balanced scorecard methodology, IT MOOSE management

 

Learn more:

Wikipedia says the two main categories of Application Portfolio Management solutions are generally referred to as 'Top Down' and 'Bottom Up' approaches.

Mike Walker writes about the Integration of Enterprise Architecture and Application Portfolio Management for the Microsoft Developers Network website.

The NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer website provides more information about the importance of application portfolio management.

"[APM] is really about implementing a repeatable process to assess what we have, and, if an application is not performing or does not meet our architectural requirements, eliminating it and replacing it with a better performing application. We’re doing it to try and reduce the money we spend on maintaining existing applications (that don’t perform well) and freeing up that money to invest in new and better performing applications."

 

This was last updated in April 2011

Continue Reading About application portfolio management (APM)

Join the conversation

1 comment

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

Like the way Nasa describes what APM is for them. I don't necissarly think that the saving you find when rationalizing and optimizing your aplication portfolio - shouldgo to investin in new applications. It should be used to support business value wherever it coimes from (might be new invesmens in applications).
Cancel

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchCompliance

  • internal audit (IA)

    An internal audit (IA) is an organizational initiative to monitor and analyze its own business operations in order to determine ...

  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

SearchSecurity

  • phishing

    Phishing is a form of fraud in which an attacker masquerades as a reputable entity or person in email or other communication ...

  • vulnerability disclosure

    Vulnerability disclosure is the practice of publishing information about a computer security problem, and a type of policy that ...

  • incident response

    Incident response is an organized approach to addressing and managing the aftermath of a security breach or cyberattack, also ...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

SearchStorage

  • flash memory

    Flash memory, also known as flash storage, is a type of nonvolatile memory that erases data in units called blocks.

  • NAND flash memory

    NAND flash memory is a type of nonvolatile storage technology that does not require power to retain data.

  • NOR flash memory

    NOR flash memory is one of two types of nonvolatile storage technologies.

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • hybrid hard disk drive (HDD)

    A hybrid hard disk drive is an electromechanical spinning hard disk that contains some amount of NAND Flash memory.

Close