The City of Edmonton adopts new "value management" decision making tool
Based on Fujitsu Consulting ’s Enterprise Value Management (EVM) Methodology
Situated along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton is Alberta ’s capital and Canada ’s fifth largest city. It has a population of approximately 712,000 within its boundaries, and is nearly one million within the metropolitan area.
The City of Edmonton has proudly emerged as one of Canada ’s most exciting and fastest growing cities, offering civic services that contribute to the safety, security, well-being and enjoyment of Edmontonians
As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, the City of Edmonton is constantly stretched with resources, time and dollars to support the growth. In addition, the City, as is the case for most municipalities, is not a “single-line-of-business” organization. As a matter of fact, there are at least 43 distinct lines of business and in many cases, focused on very different strategic goals and objectives. This makes decision-making an incredibly challenging task for the City’s administration. Further, as government organizations change worldwide, there is an increasing focus on accountability and on results. Managing to those results and governing the City’s decision-making processes to achieve business success is starting to become a critical service delivery issue to both the City Council and Edmonton’s citizens.
In 2003, the City of Edmonton reviewed its IT Governance processes, with particular interest in understanding how to achieve the maximum value from its technology-related strategic initiatives. The City of Edmonton was looking for improvements in both selection and execution of its initiatives. It already had in many departments a defined business case review process in place, but recognized the need to:
The activities in the preparation year, 2004, included:
On successful completion and review of phase one, the City approved and initiated the implementation phase to integrate EVM into the City’s governance processes. This was the first stage where the City truly took ownership of the methodology and made it their own. This phase, implemented in 2005, included:
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