Nothing makes us happier than our customers finding even more success through Apptio’s application suite, and then telling us their success stories.  Actually, that’s not true: We’re just as excited when a customer adopts TBM and Apptio, and then shares a video they made to evangelize our products to their own organization.

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We're getting excited for the TBM Council's third annual conference, Oct. 26-29 in Chicago. And while we're at it, we were reflecting back on last year's conference and how many great moments there were. Check out the best discussions and insights with on-demand video of the most popular sessions.

The TBM Council last week announced it established an advisory commission that partners public- and private-sector CIOs to achieve cost transparency for federal agencies. As the technical advisor to the Council and a private-sector partner of the Federal Commission on Cost, Opportunity, Strategy and and Transparency (COST Commission), it’s been exciting to see the broader market interest from the media, including articles from the Wall Street Journal, Federal Times, and Federal News Radio.

Imagine you lead a function that is one of largest cost centers in the company, but your organization lacks the information you need to effectively measure, manage, and communicate these costs. If you manage IT, this probably sounds familiar. In fact, it is an all-too-common challenge that IT leaders face on a regular basis. A problem that needs an IT Cost Transparency solution.

If your IT organization is like most, you lack the cost and resource visibility that other business leaders take for granted. Conversations about IT economics are difficult because the necessary data is fragmented across finance systems, IT operations systems, and spreadsheets. Fortunately, there’s a way to change BU behavior and position IT as a trusted business partner, which must start with IT getting a grasp of their own business.

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When an organization first adopts cloud computing, success is often a direct reflection of how effectively it is implemented. By starting with a solid cloud strategy and coupling that with an understanding organizational challenges and associated costs, you’ll get the most value for your efforts and minimize the impact to existing teams. 

The Technology Business Management (TBM) Council is honored to announce the establishment of the Commission on IT Cost Opportunity, Strategy, and Transparency (IT COST). This Commission will define a set of recommendations and best practices for federal departments and agencies to transparently measure and communicate their IT costs to better-equip CIOs to govern their IT spending and support agency missions with limited resources.

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The European Technology Business Management Summit is coming up on June 4 in London, and will be a unique forum for European technology leaders.  More than 200 of Europe’s most forward-thinking IT leaders will be coming together to share key TBM strategies for senior IT leaders, as well as networking with peers, sharing best practices, seeing the latest TBM solutions in action with live demos, and learning from those who have successfully applied TBM to their organizations. 

The TBM Council has expanded its board of directors and appointed a new general manager, marking a point of significant momentum for the Council, which was founded three years ago to establish and promote Technology Business Management standards and practices.  The Council today announced that Todd Tucker joins as General Manager, and four industry leaders join as board members: Michael Brown, VP of global information services at ExxonMobil; Jim DuBois, CIO of Microsoft; Michael Neff, CIO of RWE; and Brian Adams, CIO of WorleyParsons to its board.

Effective management of the IT budget is an essential capability for all CIOs. The rub? Unclear accountabilities and a lack of well-defined success metrics often leave enterprises without a clear sense of whether their IT optimization efforts delivered the desired benefits. Gartner, which has helped hundreds of organizations optimize their IT budgets, makes four key recommendations on executing a cost optimization strategy.