IT Planning

for Civilian Agencies

It's Time to Modernize Your Portfolio

Rapidly stand up a multi-criteria framework to capture the full impacts of IT in terms of benefits, costs, risks and opportunities
Evaluate investments for their contribution to supporting missions while also taking into account their impact on security and technical architecture
Sequence interdependent IT projects to ensure that capabilities are delivered to meet the needs of the mission areas
Apply machine learning to recommend how to fund and schedule projects to deliver capabilities on time and on budget

Current State in Many Civilian Agencies

  • CIOs have attempted to apply project portfolio management techniques to strategic portfolio planning and it has failed
  • Project portfolio management requires too much coordination among project managers to keep the project tasks up to date across many projects and it collapses under its own weight every time
  • Competing stakeholders have handcuffed CIOs into maintaining highly inefficient legacy systems preventing proper investment in transformational technologies 
  • The migration to shared services has been too slow further encumbering IT organizations with inefficiency
  • CIOs lack a sufficiently light weight, yet structured process for communicating these critical tradeoffs.

How Decision Lens Helps

  • Rapidly quantify the business value, risk and impact of IT Investments
  • Engage business stakeholders in priority setting to gain a common view of what is important and why
  • Visualize low value, high costs investments and target them for decommissioning, modernization or consolidation
  • Align transformational investment to agency and IT strategic plans
  • Optimize limited IT dollars to drive mission performance

Who is using Decision Lens for IT Planning?

Decision Lens is being widely used in the Intelligence community for IT portfolio planning, requirements prioritization and capability gap analysis.

CIOs and CTOs in Civilian agencies are faced with a nexus of challenges between attempting to root out inefficient IT that is creating a drag on the business while also focusing on enabling transformation. To properly enable transformation, critical enablers must be put in place by IT well before the transformation process is started so that technology is there to assist in the process. Decision Lens enables CIO and IT executives to own the process, but engage stakeholders in owning the content to rapidly root out inefficient IT and refocus limited resources on driving transformation.

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