In Application Portfolio Management (APM), entities are the means by which actions and processes are initiated and tracked. They are the building blocks of an application portfolio. Entities contain all of the information necessary to take a series of actions and move through a workflow. They are used to identify objects and designate the relationships and interactions within an organization. An APM entity is a type of Project and Portfolio Management Center (PPM) request.
As a user, you can help build an application portfolio by creating application entities for your organization. Application entities are for software applications or programs that implement a business process or function in your organization. An application can be made up of one or more distinct services.
Figure 3-1. Entity relationships shows the relationships that can exist between entities in an APM user's application portfolio.