New IDC MarketScape Presents Definitive Assessment of IT Project Portfolio Management Vendors from Both the Enterprise and SaaS / On-Demand Perspectives

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – August 3, 2009 – IDC has released a new MarketScape report profiling and ranking leading technology vendors in the IT project portfolio management (ITPPM) market. In this analysis, IDC presents two views: Enterprise ITPPM and Software as a Service (SaaS)/On-Demand ITPPM. 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 two sample weighting strategies that have currency in 2009 and are frequently requested by users – a typical enterprise ITPPM view and an ITPPM SaaS/on-demand hosted view," 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) to enable pragmatic insight for users making decisions and for vendors seeking to understand their competitive positioning in a complex, dynamic market such as ITPPM."

For the enterprise ITPPM vendor assessment, IDC places CA, HP, Planview, Primavera/Oracle, and Compuware 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 ITPPM suite capabilities, and typically began their combined portfolio approaches sooner than competitors (maturing them over the course of the past 5-plus years). ITPPM 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. While a challenging economy limits investment in new enterprise ITPPM implementations, the need for compliance and collaboration for complex multinational businesses continues to drive existing deployment evolution and targeted high-end demand.

For the SaaS/On-Demand ITPPM vendor assessment, IDC places Innotas, Daptiv, and Attask in the "Leaders" category, and notes that they are helping to drive SaaS adoption and innovation. IDC observes that large ITPPM vendors that have in the past primarily targeted enterprise adoption with on-premise licenses are seeking to expand 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 ITPPM suite adoption. The benefits of de-capitalization, access speed, less initial cost, flexibility, and lower shelfware are among the drivers for user engagement with these models. IDC expects that in less than 12 months all major ITPPM vendors will have SaaS offerings and will move towards ITPPM in the "cloud".

"In the current economic environment, companies 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, 2009 Vendor Analysis (IDC #219087) 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. Separate weighting approaches were used to evaluate the Enterprise ITPPM and Software as a Service (SaaS)/On-Demand ITPPM categories. 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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The IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared.

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