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Optimize costs

Make informed decisions from a single system of record.


Communicate value

Demonstrate IT value with terms the business understands.


Shift run-to-change

Optimize RTB spend to fund future digital business innovation.


Business units

Proactively manage IT spend to budget

Eliminate overspend surprises and underspend clawbacks

  • Manage variance in the context of major areas of IT spend like software, hardware, and internal/external labor.
  • Identify spending trends and the specific line items and cost center owners that are driving variances.
  • Monitor OpEx and CapEx variance and your mix of fixed versus variable costs.

Make informed staffing decisions

Avoid headcount allocations that don't make sense

  • Manage hiring of internal and external labor against plan.
  • Understand and compare average monthly cost of staff across geographies and role types.
  • Identify outliers to responsibly shift internal/external labor mix or change hiring plans.

Understand infrastructure costs and trends

Reduce waste from overpurchase and underuse

  • See what’s driving infrastructure costs across network, compute, storage, and data center assets.
  • Monitor how much infrastructure cost goes to supporting applications.
  • Understand how infrastructure costs break down across internal and external labor, software, hardware, and facility/power costs.

Prioritize public cloud decisions

Reign in unchecked sprawl and runaway costs

  • View all your public cloud costs across providers like AWS and Azure—in one place.
  • Monitor public cloud spend and trends by service type, such as compute, storage, network, and more.
  • Know which departments are consuming cloud services to proactively manage spend.

Align project resources to business priorities

Stop basing project investment decisions on guesswork

  • Provide trade-offs to the business to better align project and application investments to business initiatives.
  • In business terms, explain where project costs are going across each BU.
  • Quantify how much IT spend is going toward run costs versus growth investments and projects.

Manage the application portfolio for business value

Retire high-cost/low-value apps and repurpose savings

  • Quantify the business value your applications deliver by tying cost to business drivers (e.g. cost per web visitor, order, etc.).
  • Know the cost of your top 20 applications and how they break down across run versus dev, infrastructure, and projects.
  • Show how BUs are consuming each application, along with the associated costs.

Drive shared accountability of IT costs with the business

Prevent the business from consuming IT like it’s free

  • In business language, explain what each BU is getting for its IT dollars and what they can do to impact bottom line costs.
  • Align IT projects and investments to business initiatives and sponsors.
  • Identify cost outliers by benchmarking IT spend per employee across BUs.

Estimate the value of better IT cost transparency

In growth / transformation
Office of the CIO
IT Finance
Earn the trust of your business partners
  • Trim run costs and reinvest the savings in innovation
  • Eliminate spend that doesn't align with business priorities
  • Shape demand to help the business wisely spend IT budgets
Foster a culture of fiscal responsibility in IT
  • Eliminate overspend surprises and underspend clawbacks
  • Replace emotions with facts in conversations about IT value
  • Shift from wrestling spreadsheets to providing strategic guidance

7 killers of CIO credibility

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Automating IT cost transparency

Drive conversations and collaboration between IT and Finance about the costs, utilization, and operations of all IT Services.


The ATUM poster

Shape conversations with IT, Finance, and Business Unit partners using a common language and information about IT costs.



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Learn how Apptio can help you bring best practices of financial and performance management to the complex environment of IT.


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