Energy tool assists IT analysis
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Sep 04, 2000
One application that government insiders would like to see from Expert Choice
Inc.'s decision support software is integration with the Web-based Information
Technology Investment Portfolio System (I-TIPS). I-TIPS is an online system
developed by the Department of Energy that helps federal chief information
officers and IT managers answer questions about technology spending and
analyze proposals for how to spend an agency's IT budget.
Designed to be used with an existing IT capital planning process, I-TIPS
(www.itips.gov) enables users to capture data they are using for capital
planning and generate reports, which is mandatory under the Clinger-Cohen
Given a set budget for IT spending, agencies can use I-TIPS to help
select, control and evaluate IT investments, apply best practices, consolidate
existing IT databases, create a single repository for all IT initiatives,
construct a balanced portfolio of IT investments and comply with federal
IT procurement laws.
"I-TIPS is an excellent tool for capturing project performance data,
[and] Expert Choice is an excellent tool for linking project data to strategic
priorities," said Debra Stouffer, acting deputy CIO for IT Reform at the
Department of Housing and Urban Development. "Together they are a comprehensive
portfolio management system."
Tomas Ramirez, a senior technology analyst at the General Accounting
Office, said work is currently under way to examine how Expert Choice and
other tools can best be integrated with I-TIPS.