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Gartner Reports

Market Guide for Application Portfolio Management Tools


Application Portfolio Management is one core component of a progressive and modern Enterprise Architecture approach, and ValueBlue is happy to be acknowledged and represented in the 2023 Gartner Market Guide for Application Portfolio Management tools. 

We believe that the Gartner® Market Guide comprises a concise analysis of the current APM market for a IT buyers and portfolio managers — covering a number of typical of use cases, considerations and recommendations — before diving into the most relevant Representative Vendors with complete and comprehensive APM offerings.

Our key takeaways on the APM industry

  • With the increase of business technologists in non-IT functions, APM becomes more of a collaboration between business and IT as compared to its previously IT-centric nature. Bear this in mind when considering tools — easy collaboration for non-IT users will be key. 

  • APM can be seen as something of an anchor across multiple enterprise architecture areas and disciplines, with applications possessing a complex range of interrelations and dependencies with other architectural layers (such as business processes, infrastructure, and projects). Progressive portfolio managers and architects are looking to support continuous, ongoing optimization of the portfolio in connection with their overall Enterprise Architecture — and will require tooling that enables this on a holistic and strategic level, rather than one that will limit them to tactical optimizations within the application layer silo. 

  • And lastly, a reminder not to overlook the importance of data integrity: "APM is an ongoing IT discipline, and the data quality of the application inventory is a key success factor. As a consequence, data maintenance, data integration and data quality are important functions and features and should carry big weight in vendor selection."


Gartner, Market Guide for Application Portfolio Management Tools, By Stefan Van Der Zijden, 24 February 2023. GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.

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