Gartner is doing webcasts on Application Portfolio Management with a free downloadable Powerpoint here. The presentation is interesting and clearly starts to show the overall analytic direction of APM, beyond simply baselining an inventory.
Was first in line for David Marco's and Michael Jennings' new book on metadata and have now spent some time with it. Let me say immediately that this book is an essential for the modern metadata professional, and in my world this also includes those of you doing configuration management or IT portfolio management. All in all, there is much of value in the work; careful thought and analysis is evident and the material makes solid efforts in grappling with modern challenges such as Web services.
The Information Technology Infrastructure Library, self-described as “the most widely accepted approach to IT service management in the world,” is living up to that claim and becoming increasingly influential in defining best practices for the modern, well-run enterprise IT organization. The best-known ITIL volumes are the "Red" Service Delivery volume and the “Blue” Service Support volume, which together comprise the gateway through which most new ITIL initiates pass.
These volumes focus on topics such as Configuration, Change, Incident, Problem, and Release Management; IT Finance; Capacity Management; and other topics regarding the large-scale IT operation. However, there is an expanded ITIL color palette, and the full IT Service Management picture does not emerge until one takes into account the other major ITIL volumes:
-Software Asset Management
-Planning to Implement Service Management
-ICT Infrastructure Management
-and the forthcoming volume The Business Perspective
This is a review of the “Gold” or “Yellow” Application Management volume, a significant, boundary-breaking book that bridges the gap between “build” and “run,” and should be required reading for both development and service managers.