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State of the art portfolio system developed by leading Industry Experts with extensive expertise in Portfolio Management, Transformational Change Management and Business Management.


Holistic end to end implementation approach driven by Organizational maturity. With RAZOR Portfolio your goals will be accomplished without spending Millions of dollars.

Answer to both Strategic as well as Tactical Project Portfolio needs for all Organizations. Value Realization at every stage.

Why Razor Portfolio Management?

With businesses demanding to “do more with less”, senior executives like CFOs and CIOs are under intense cost pressure. Thus globally Project Portfolio Management Governance is moving from the “nice-to-have” realm into the “must-have” category in any Organization.

In today's rapidly changing economy, enabling business to set direction and to define necessary steps to reach objectives is essential for success.

A client once told us that it provides a negotiation platform. “Decision making becomes more objective, managed at strategic levels and is no longer an emotional process.” Another client in the financial sector calls it a "trading platform": “We've decided on these projects through a systematic way of weighing the pros and cons”.

What are these components and imperatives that capture and sustain the attention of senior executives? Why should we care about them and where do we start in making them work in an organization?

Organizations are realizing the Portfolio Governance is essential for their Survival and Success: According to Forrester Research, in 2007 a third of companies have established portfolio management. Another 56 percent said they were initiating some effort in that direction. We see four reasons for this dramatic upswing for every Organization realizing the need for Portfolio Management:

1. Government sectors, specifically in the West, have raised the bar of financial accountability for programs and projects, rendering a new level of visibility to portfolio management within government agencies.

2. Senior executives are demanding greater visibility and accountability for their portfolios. This has led to the generation of reliable reports and metrics that lay out the present and what's coming next. Executives who appreciate its positive impact on the organization tend to carry with them the tools and techniques learned, as they move to the newer areas. 

3. Having been around for 10 to 12 years, a lot of research has gone into the process, best practices have surfaced and implementations are fast maturing.

4. The technology offerings have also matured and are helping organizations create the desired kind of visibility and accountability.

What Razor Portfolio does is to help businesses or professional agencies
in measuring three broad parameters:

  • Benefits : What is the financial and strategic impact of the project on the organization?
  • Risks: What is the probability of the project delivering the benefits/value within the anticipated time frame and budget?
  • Constraints : What are the capability and capacity of the organization to meet initial and on-going monetary investment levels and resource requirements?

The ultimate outcome of Razor portfolio management efforts will depend on the type of organization you're in. The elements that influence these efforts are :

  • Cultural : The readiness to work in a more robust and transparent way.
  • Environmental : Awareness of the prevailing legal environment and statutes.
  • Maturity Level : Expectations of outcomes and an understanding of the appropriate entry point in the portfolio management process.
  • Executive Buy-in : Collective will of the leadership to adopt a more systematic and accountable way for managing their project investments.

With businesses demanding to “do more with less”, senior executives like the CIOs and CFOs are under intense pressure to demonstrate the contribution of their technology and internal discretionary investments to the business. They are thus on to optimizing the use of scarce financial resources. The more progressive ones are into portfolio stewardship, to guide project chartering, evaluation, prioritization and execution. After initial successes, a common set of challenges has emerged: resistance from line staff to excessive bureaucracy, executive disengagement from the process and the birth of fast-track decision-making processes, which circumvent and undermine the core prioritization process.

  • Using the Razor Portfolio approach help adopt the following steps which streamline the process and avoid the colored perception of bureaucracy: 
  • Triage Proposal Reviews : Senior executives like CIOs must proactively focus their attention on only the most pressing prioritization questions. A common mistake is to pass on all review of project proposals to steering committees - but the Razor Portfolio approach demand the companies to triage the proposal queue to focus executive review only on the most difficult, borderline projects.
  • Use a Common Business Case Yardstick : Meaningful prioritization requires that discretionary projects be evaluated against a standard set of criteria. The precise criteria vary according to an organization's strategic drivers but should include traditional project financials, measures of business and IT alignment and an assessment of execution risk. The Razor Portfolio approach adopts the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) to derive the strategic criteria as well as the tactical criteria to evaluate the discretionary projects.
  • Supplement the Justification of Foundational Infrastructure Projects : Foundational infrastructure projects cannot be fully justified on the basis of direct and measurable cost savings or value creation. Such projects should be treated as a separate investment class and assessed against non ROI-based criteria such as risk-mitigated or capabilities-enabled ones. The Razor Portfolio has a built-in capability to support foundational infrastructure projects.
  • Embed Sponsor Accountability for Business Case Realization : Inflated claims about the potential benefits of projects challenge the integrity of the portfolio stewardship process. The Razor Portfolio has a benefits tracking capability built into the tool which helps organizations surmount this challenge by holding business sponsors accountable for realization of benefits through either ex post facto audits or budget adjustments.
  • Systematically Track Organizational Risks : To streamline the red tape of portfolio stewardship, many organizations mistakenly neglect risk assessment, when reviewing projects. The Razor Portfolio has built-in model to track risks, before and during execution, as such the IT steering committee can make better prioritization decisions and proactively course-correct troubled projects to minimize failure rates.
  • In today's rapidly changing economy, enabling business to set direction and to define necessary steps to reach objectives is essential for success.
  • With RAZOR Portfolio your goals will be accomplished without spending Millions of dollars.
  • State of the art portfolio system developed by leading Industry Experts with extensive expertise in Portfolio Management, Transformational Change Management and Business Management.
  • Holistic end to end implementation driven by Organizational maturity.
  • THE answer to both Strategic as well as Tactical Project Portfolio needs for all Organizations. Value Realization at every stage.

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