I’m working on a presentation for Gartner’s upcoming EA Summit in Las Vegas (April 14-16, 2010) and London (May 17-18, 2010) about an aspect of what we call Enterprise Solution Architecture (ESA). While application portfolio management (APM) is one reasonably mature version of solution portfolio management in ESA, we extend the idea of managing investments in application assets to infrastructure infrastructure assets. We call this infrastructure portfolio management (IPM).
Granted, the spend or investment in some infrastructure is done within the application portfolio — that infrastructure that is dedicated to a single application is often included in the application’s change plan or road map and most importantly budget. The impact of enterprise technical architecture (ETA) work on traditional APM-oriented change planning within the enterprise is perhaps the most common EA activity — getting guidelines and standards for technologies and products defined so that applications can move to more standard and hopefully better technologies, then applying them as projects to add new or upgrade existing application investments are hatched and delivered. But, I’m not talking about that part of the infrastructure.
I’m focused on planning change or investment in the infrastructure that is NOT in the application portfolio — the infrastructure that is NOT dedicated to one particular application. I’m focused on shared infrastructure. This shared infrastructure should really be thought of as a set of shared infrastructure services (e.g., fully architected solutions including operational support and SLAs, not just the ETA sw/hw parts). These shared infrastructure services certainly can be managed or planned leveraging the portfolio management — and specifically more mature APM — techniques. That’s what I’m discussing in my presentation: how to manage or architect such solution portfolios and how to architect the dependencies between them.
Anyone out there doing this form of infrastructure portfolio management (IPM) or infrastructure solution portfolio management (ISPM)? I’d love to hear it. I’m looking for more case studies to quote.
Is anyone even doing what ITIL v3 calls IT services management (ITSM), which I think is related but not quite the same? Our experience is that this is not the case yet for most ITIL centered organizations — this v3 level of complexity is still a future goal. But, I think what I’m calling IPM (or ISPM) is related and the two should be integrated. What do you think?
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