Xirocco is an Enterprise Strategy capture and linking tool for use by CIO and Business leadership teams. Because strategy impacts and draws from much more than just projects and programmes, Xirocco resides one level above EA and PPM tools in the Strategy-Planning-Execution value layer construct.

Xirocco focuses on helping companies articulate an integrated business and IT strategy, align business imperatives to IT initiatives and model investment, people and processes to deliver the strategy. It builds strategy by capturing and connecting market trends, leadership vision, strategic objectives, human workforce, and strategic projects / applications / vendors / tech stacks – at a summary level and designed for short time to value and ease of administration and integration.

Xirocco features an interactive presentation mode to communicate strategy to the Management Board to secure IT Innovation funds. Xirocco is aimed at the Management Board, Business Executives, CIO, IT Executives, Business Relationship Managers, Business Architects and IT Finance/HR leaders.

The primary focus of Xirocco is business and IT strategy.

Enterprise Architecture

EA tools are aimed at CTO, Enterprise and Domain Architects. EA tools are IT-focused tools for conducting analysis, design, planning, and implementation of IT systems. EA tools conform to one or many of the industry standard EA frameworks such as TOGAF, Zachman and ArchiMate and primarily focus on delivering blueprints for robust and maintainable systems, application and infrastructure architectures, data architectures & data flow visualisation.

Architects is EA tools to enforce principles of Systems Interoperability, Reusability, Extensibility, Encapsulation, Loose Coupling and Agility. They have the concept of layers – business process layer, information layer and IT infrastructure layer.

Project & Portfolio Management

PPM tools are aimed at programme and project managers and project management offices (PMOs). PPM tools focus on effective, centralized definition, scheduling, management, and execution of projects. PPM primary objectives include (a) identifying the optimal resource mix for project delivery, and (b) scheduling activities to reach operational and financial goals, while balancing real-world constraints such as time, costs, and resources.

Enterprise PPM (or EPPM) places a greater emphasis than PPM on execution oversight and control over managed projects, as well as standardization of project management methodologies.

Xirocco vs EA PPM