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Like many things, these tools have grown and evolved organically and expanded their scope and areas of interest as they themselves have matured This has happened as the tool vendors have responded to requests from their clients for increased functionality and also as they see opportunities to expand into other lucrative areas. It's very rare that a tool vendor will tell you that their tool does not do something! Project Management tools grew into Portfolio Management tools and vice versa, modelling tools that were created to model one thing have expanded into modelling other things.

How successful tools have been in morphing themselves into areas they were never designed to operate in is largely subjective, and opinion tends to be driven by allegiances and crusades. In addition all of these tools have been designed and built in isolation - to optimise specific parts rather than the whole.

So, the problem is not the lack of tools. The problem is the abundance of tools. Because of this, there are overlaps, gaps, inconsistencies and clashes. In short, total confusion. So the tool providers, whose primary aim is to provide clarity in their domain, have created confusion in the wider domain.

Consequently people have adopted these tools in a similarly haphazard fashion, optimising specific parts but never considering the whole. Perhaps starting in one area and then finding themselves being subtly pulled into other areas. They have been optimising the parts at the expense of the whole.

Pragmatic is currently tracking over 400 Enterprise Transformation tools. Pragmatic aims to categorise and compare them all. This work is currently in progress...


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