TECH BUYER Jan 2020 - IDC MarketScape - Doc # US44483219

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Agile Project and Portfolio Management 2020 Vendor Assessment — Enabling Business Velocity for Digital Innovation

By: Melinda-Carol BallouResearch Director, Agile ALM, Quality & Portfolio Strategies


This IDC study uses the IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model to evaluate the agile project and portfolio management (agile PPM) market. This research enables analysis of quantitative and qualitative characteristics to provide metrics and context for users evaluating solutions in this area and to help analyze a vendor's current comparative success in the marketplace and to anticipate vendor evolution. Main user focus areas for this market include agile-specific capabilities in the context of coordination with project and portfolio management functionality, with support of highly iterative approaches across business initiatives, IT, and product development. We are seeing the coupling of agile processes to enable innovation and business execution in highly dynamic competitive environments, as well as ongoing PPM leverage for DevOps and end-to-end application life-cycle management capabilities with strong analytics for scaled, systemic agile PPM automation and adoption. These emerging capabilities help support iterative processes and growing demand for complex, multimodal deployments from cloud to mobile and embedded and the emerging systems of systems and IoT markets. Metrics with analytics based on this data (with the emergence of ML/AI capabilities) can help provide visibility and iterative collaboration to understand and improve internal and external services execution on IT projects, programs, and portfolios. Also included are in-depth vendor profiles for the 16 vendors assessed. This analysis complements the IDC MarketScape evaluations for IT PPM, PPM cloud, and work management being published concurrently, which enable four weighted IDC MarketScape views for PPM. This current agile PPM analysis includes assessment of agile-specific functionality within a PPM context, such as agile processes, agile-specific functionality (work in progress, burndown charts, backlog, agile metrics, etc.), and agile frameworks.

"IDC continues to see adoption of agile PPM solutions for dynamic execution and innovative decision making via automation to enable speedy responsiveness and invocation for dynamically changing initiatives," said Melinda Ballou, research director for IDC's Agile ALM, Quality and Portfolio Strategies service. "Complementing these capabilities, increasingly, we observe coordinated agile and project and portfolio management approaches for businesses and technology teams with agile PPM, helping focus teams with targeted execution, cutting delays to benefit, and improving metrics. It is in part due to these trends that IDC has chosen to prioritize this area as one of several areas of focus for our IDC MarketScape series for PPM. Leverage of agile to facilitate the handoff from project inception to execution, for business initiatives and from development to deployment (as well as DevOps for IT software project portfolios) brings key benefits. Coupling appropriate automation choices with organizational and process change for systemic agile PPM adoption is key."



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