New IDC MarketScape Expands IT Project Portfolio Management Vendor Assessment with IT Financial DevOps, Lifecycle, SaaS and Enterprise Perspectives

FRAMINGHAM, MA – December 10, 2010 – International Data Corporation (IDC) released a new MarketScape report profiling and ranking the leading technology vendors in the IT project portfolio management (IT PPM) market. In this analysis, IDC presents four distinct views of the IT PPM market: IT Financial Management, Application Lifecycle Management, Software as a Service (SaaS)/On-Demand and Enterprise IT PPM. IDC MarketScape vendor analysis reports utilize a rigorous scoring methodology that produces a definitive assessment of each vendor's current market capabilities and strategies for competing in the future.

"IDC has chosen four sample weighting strategies that have particular currency in 2010/11 and are frequently requested by users — IT Financial Management and Application Lifecycle IT PPM augment the enterprise IT PPM and the IT PPM SaaS/on-demand hosted views that we presented last year," said Melinda Ballou, program director for the Application Life-Cycle Management and IT Executive Strategies services. "Our belief is that in-context weighting and analysis is optimal (and less simplistic), thus enabling pragmatic insight for users making decisions and for vendors seeking to understand their competitive positioning in a complex, dynamic market such as IT PPM."

For the enterprise IT PPM vendor assessment, IDC places CA, Compuware, HP, Oracle, and Planview in the Leaders category. Vendors scoring in the Leaders segment for this view have enterprise breadth, depth across weighted criteria areas, many multi-thousand user deployments, significant high-end functionality for IT PPM suite capabilities, and typically began their combined portfolio approaches sooner than competitors (maturing them over the course of the past 5-plus years). IT PPM suite products from this Leader segment have varied strengths and must be evaluated in the context of key business pain points and drivers for users.

For the SaaS/On-Demand IT PPM vendor assessment, IDC places Attask, Daptiv, Innotas, and PowerSteering in the Leaders category, as they help to drive SaaS adoption and innovation. IDC observes that large IT PPM vendors that have in the past primarily targeted enterprise adoption with on-premise licenses are expanding both their delivery models and their SaaS market presence. Innovative delivery models (e.g., SaaS and on-demand/hosted) play a vital role in augmenting enterprise offerings due to the challenges of IT PPM suite adoption. IDC expects that in less than 12 months all major IT PPM vendors will have SaaS offerings and will move towards IT PPM in the cloud.

For IT Financial Management (which includes integration with IT Service Management), IDC places CA, HP, Oracle, and SAP in the Leaders segment. Driven by an accelerated requirement for more complete and definitive operating details, IT buyers have been actively seeking enhanced tools to help them better manage their operational and financial data. Vendors scoring in the leaders segment for the enterprise view have exceptional, world-class capabilities in one or both areas for ITFM — financial management and/or IT Service and IT Asset Management — as well as enterprise breadth and depth across the weighted criteria areas. Proactive, consistent portfolio, and financial management are critical components in enabling effective execution of business projects — a driving necessity for organizations in the context of competitive pressures, ongoing market volatility, and capital planning and resources that remain highly constrained.

For the Application Lifecycle Management IT PPM vendor assessment, IDC places CA, HP, IBM Rational, and Microsoft in the Leaders segment. Vendors scoring in the leaders segment for the ALM view have the broadest representation of application life-cycle management capabilities and closest coordination between ALM features and IT PPM capabilities.

"In the current volatile economic environment, companies continue to have little leeway for poor IT project and portfolio decision-making," added Ballou. "They must make appropriate IT decisions for their businesses in response to both the economy and compliance pressures or face failure."

IDC MarketScape: IT Project and Portfolio Management, 2010 Vendor Analysis: Four Views to Enable Effective Evaluation (IDC #225802) is based on a comprehensive framework designed to evaluate vendors relative to one another and to those factors expected to be most conducive to user demand and to market success in the short-and long-term. Analysts also conducted user interviews for each of the fifteen vendors evaluated and developed a "user summary context" section for each vendor profile to give real world perspective for how users were able to leverage the products (augmenting the vendor appraisals).

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