Enterprise IT Portfolio Management

What Is the Enterprise IT Portfolio?

What Is the Enterprise IT Portfolio?

Public-sector organizations maximize IT investments by aligning them with business strategies. An IT portfolio management system lets agencies go beyond IT support and objectively evaluate the value of their IT initiatives and projects for themselves and other government services. 

In 2017, NCDIT introduced the Enterprise Portfolio Management Tool to:

  • Prioritize IT engagement to realize business strategies
  • Deliver programs and services that drive innovation and transformational change
  • Direct the right resources to the right work at the right time
  • Manage costs against budget and across portfolios
  • Analyze portfolio performance to improve decision making


NCDIT public presents information on application portfolio management, beginning with fiscal year 2017, through interactive Power BI-driven dashboards, pursuant to general statutes. This public service provides greater transparency in government services and spending.

Non-public, sensitive data is available to business owners and agency chief information officers, management and executives through other dashboards in a secure environment within the Enterprise Portfolio Management Tool.

Enterprise Portfolio Management Tool

NCDIT manages the state’s enterprise portfolio management tool, called iServer, a centralized repository for agencies to document their business capabilities, processes, applications, data and technology. Agencies can manage, govern, visualize and share information across a common, object-oriented repository using business and IT management best practices.

Using this tool to manage the state’s IT portfolio lets NCDIT:

  • Focus on programs and projects that meet business goals and objectives
  • Optimize state and federal investment opportunities to provide the most value to stakeholders

NCDIT has implemented the essentials of application portfolio management (APM). Agencies use APM to inventory and clearly visualize the state of their applications — a complete picture of their product and services portfolio, costs, relationships and lifespans. With insights into these business benefits, agencies can align their applications, technology landscape, business capabilities and strategy into a comprehensive, actionable roadmap supporting business operations.

The enterprise portfolio management tool is being expanded to include a strategic portfolio management (SPM) module. It will allow agencies to better understand the dependencies among applications, the technology landscape, business capabilities and strategy. SPM bridges the gap between the formulation of IT strategies and the management of changes to the IT footprint responding to those strategies.

NCDIT can answer questions about these tools.