SPM for Application Analysis

About this course


Budgets, deadlines and resources are tighter than ever. Organizations need support in planning to effectively meet their strategic objectives.

Decision makers across all industries rely on Strategic Portfolio Management (SPM) to help them focus their finite resources.

Project managers responsible for strategic initiatives need tools to refine and optimize their portfolio management processes – which is where SPM comes in.

This course will give learners a grounding in the purpose of SPM, and how it is realized through Strategic Portfolio Management tools.

We focus on demonstrating the SPM approach using iServer, a market-leading business and IT transformation suite.

Who is this course aimed at?
  • Employees and managers who require an introduction to Strategic Portfolio Management (SPM)
  • Students wishing to understand how to tackle common issues in SPM and Application Portfolio Management (APM)
  • Users of Microsoft Power BI and iServer
  • Organizations hoping to take advantage of demonstrably effective SPM practices
What will you learn by taking this course?
  • The basics of the Orbus Software Strategic Portfolio Management (SPM) solution
  • How SPM can be applied in order to solve common APM issues
  • How Orbus Software’s APM approach fits within Microsoft Power BI and iServer
  • Common elements of APM, including establishing application support for strategy, managing the application lifecycle, managing application costs, application rationalization, and data protection
Why should you take this course?
  • Orbus Software is a world-class training provider with an expansive portfolio
  • Good e-Learning offers excellent support for students, both for technical issues and course content
  • The course provides several scenarios to help students understand relevant business questions and stakeholder types, how to use a conceptual method of approach, how to utilize data structures, and how to present samples for analysis
  • Every module offers a simulated practice exercise to provide students with practical experience by using SPM to navigate and analyze a sample dataset
  • After this course, students will require little additional training in order to begin using SPM practices
  • SPM can help enterprise architecture teams to address and present answers on critical business requirements for IT
  • Using Orbus Software’s SPM Solution can help expedite time-to-value
Course Outline
SPM Foundation

This module provides an introduction to the course, as well as Orbus Software’s SPM solution.

Module 1: Course Overview

This module provides an introduction to the course, as well as Orbus Software’s SPM solution.

Module 2: Introduction to Strategic Portfolio Management (SPM)

This module looks at SPM as a concept, and how to use Orbus’ solution. It also explains five key scenarios in APM.

Module 3: SPM Foundations

This module explores how the Orbus SPM solution can be integrated into a tool, with iServer used as an example. It also looks at data in SPM, how to utilize the SPM metamodel, and how to navigate SPM in Power BI.

Module 4: Application Support for Strategy

This module provides an overview of Application Support for Strategy, along with the associated roles, context, and business questions. It also explains traceability between applications and strategies and how iServer applies to each scenario. Finally, it looks at SPM data and reporting within strategic application support.

Module 5: Application Lifecycle Management

This module offers an overview of Application Lifecycle Management, as well as the associated roles, context, and business questions.

It then introduces students to how to manage the ‘application lifecycle’ as well as its impact. Finally, it gives students an overview of SPM data and reporting in the context of managing the application lifecycle.

Module 6: Application Cost Management

This module looks at Application Cost Management, along with the associated context, roles, and business questions.

It also explores the Orbus approach as well as the relevant considerations. Finally, it gives students an overview of SPM data and reporting in application cost management.

Module 7: Application Rationalization

This module offers an overview of Application Rationalization, along with the associated context, roles, and business questions.

It also explores the way Orbus Software’s SPM solution approaches rationalization and relevant considerations, such as application scoring. Finally, it offers an overview of SPM data and reporting in the context of identifying application rationalization candidates.

Module 8: Applications Data Management

This final module provides an overview of Application Data Management, along with the associated context, roles, and business questions.

It then explains traceability between data, applications, and business areas.

Next, it explores the SPM approach to rationalization, along with relevant considerations such as application scoring.

It then gives an overview of APM data and reporting in the context of analyzing sensitive data.



The course does not carry a formal examination. However, there are end-of-module exercises which candidates must finish, in addition to all the training modules, to achieve their completion certificate.

What do you get?

  • 6 months’ access from the date of purchase to complete your training
  • 3+ hours of online training content
  • Free exam vouchers
  • Access through multiple devices
  • Offline player for studying on the move
  • Tutor support


Who are Orbus Software?

Headquartered in London, and founded in 2004, Orbus Software is an independent software vendor and a globally recognized leading provider of software and services for Business and IT Transformation. Orbus Software’s customers are predominantly large, blue chip organizations located across the Americas, EMEA, Australasia and the ASEAN, and span all industry verticals.

What is the iServer Business and IT Transformation Suite?

The iServer Business and IT Transformation Suite comprises of iServer, a leading enterprise modeling and collaboration platform, as well as solutions for 4 business and IT management practices: Enterprise Architecture, Strategic Portfolio Management, Business Process Analysis and Governance, Risk and Compliance.

Additionally, Orbus provide out of the box support for a range of best practice standards and frameworks, including TOGAF, IT4IT, ArchiMate, BPMN, COBIT 5, ITIL and more.

What is SPM?

Increasingly, enterprises are turning to Strategic Portfolio Management (SPM) as a technique to decide which components of the business should be invested in to deliver their strategic goals.

SPM considers the business as a set of portfolios – such as applications, technologies and projects to help stakeholders decide where best to focus the organisation’s finite resources in order to meet strategic objectives, rationalise costs, reduce risk, and increase operational productivity.

What is APM?

Successful Application Portfolio Management (APM) requires an inventory of your company’s applications together with metrics to understand their fit and value to the business.

iServer’s SPM dashboards deliver a complete picture of your application portfolio out-of-the-box, together with insights into the dependencies between applications, the technology landscape, business capabilities and strategy.

What you will learn

Software Project Management Fundamentals:

  • Understand the basics of project management in the context of software development projects, including planning, scheduling, budgeting, and resource management.

Application Analysis Techniques:

  • Learn various techniques for analyzing software applications, including requirements gathering, user interviews, use case modeling, and prototyping.

Project Scope Definition:

  • Understand how to define the scope of a software project, including identifying project objectives, deliverables, and constraints.

Risk Management:

  • Learn about risk management in software projects, including identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks specific to application analysis and development.

Project Planning and Scheduling:

  • Develop skills in creating project plans and schedules for software development projects, including estimating effort, defining milestones, and allocating resources.

Quality Assurance:

  • Understand the importance of quality assurance in software projects and learn techniques for ensuring the quality of application analysis processes and deliverables.

Communication and Stakeholder Management:

  • Learn how to effectively communicate with stakeholders, manage expectations, and address concerns throughout the application analysis process.

Tools and Technologies:

  • Explore various tools and technologies used in application analysis, such as requirements management software, prototyping tools, and project management software.

Agile and Iterative Development:

  • Gain an understanding of agile and iterative development methodologies and how they can be applied to application analysis and software development projects.

Case Studies and Best Practices:

  • Analyze real-world case studies and best practices in software project management for application analysis, learning from successful projects and avoiding common pitfalls.

Overall, participants in an SPM for Application Analysis course would acquire the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage software development projects from the initial analysis phase through to successful delivery.

Benefits of this course

Improved Project Management Skills:

  • Participants gain a deep understanding of project management principles and techniques specific to software application analysis, enhancing their ability to lead and manage software development projects effectively.

Enhanced Application Analysis Competencies:

  • Participants learn various application analysis techniques and tools, enabling them to gather, document, and analyze requirements more effectively, leading to better-designed software solutions.

Increased Project Success Rates:

  • By applying sound project management practices and robust application analysis methodologies, organizations can improve the success rate of software development projects, delivering solutions that meet stakeholder needs and expectations.

Efficient Resource Utilization:

  • Effective project management practices taught in the course help organizations optimize resource allocation and utilization, ensuring that projects are delivered on time, within budget, and with the available resources.

Reduced Risks and Costs:

  • Participants learn risk management techniques specific to software projects, enabling them to identify and mitigate risks early in the development lifecycle, reducing the likelihood of project delays, cost overruns, and quality issues.

Enhanced Stakeholder Satisfaction:

  • By employing thorough application analysis techniques and transparent project management practices, organizations can increase stakeholder satisfaction by delivering software solutions that meet or exceed their expectations.

Adoption of Best Practices:

  • Participants gain exposure to industry best practices and case studies, learning from successful projects and avoiding common pitfalls in software development and project management.

Competitive Advantage:

  • Organizations that invest in training their teams in SPM for Application Analysis gain a competitive edge by delivering high-quality software solutions more efficiently and effectively than their competitors.

Overall, the “SPM for Application Analysis” course equips individuals and organizations with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to drive successful software development projects from inception to delivery, resulting in improved project outcomes and organizational success.


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