Emerging Technology: Application Portfolio
All of the state’s applications have a lifecycle and timeline. MNIT implemented a statewide application portfolio management process with a tool that helps us track applications’ lifecycle, business value, technical health, and much more. The tool helps the state make decisions about specific applications like whether or not to invest more in the application to improve its technical health, whether it is ready to move to the cloud, or whether it needs more planning in case of an emergency/disaster. MNIT uses this process to assess and analyze security risk, architecture standards, technology products, application cloud strategy, business capabilities, and more.
The tool also creates statewide visibility about all 2,400+ applications. MNIT built a data dashboard that gives executives a snapshot of the state’s application portfolio. The data ensures that we are making efficient and accurate decisions about applications – which help Minnesotans do everything from buying a fishing license, ordering tabs for their car, and receiving benefits as a veteran.
MNIT is also using the tool to consolidate types of applications and streamline processes. For example, if an agency learns that a customer relationship management (CRM) application is the type of application they need to solve a problem, they can use the new tool to see who else in the state is using a CRM application. We can modernize and consolidate tasks when we have the opportunity to do so.