One of Aesop’s fables tells the story of a fox who spies a cluster of grapes just out of reach. The fox repeatedly tries grabbing the grapes, but its attempts end in failure. Eventually the fox quits, deciding the grapes are sour and not worth its attention.
Many IT leaders are in a similar quandary with IT financial management (ITFM). Repeated attempts to rein in IT spend have fallen short of your goals. And yet another quarter has gone by in which the opportunity for new investment slips through your fingers due to out-of-control spending.
Controlling costs and reinvesting the savings are still top priorities, but you’re at a loss for how to make headway toward reaching your goals and eliminating variances. If it’s any comfort, you’re not alone.
A recent survey by Forrester found that most organizations are falling short of their ITFM goals. Why? Because spreadsheets remain the tool of choice at 70 percent of the organizations surveyed. And 15 percent of IT budgets are stuck in contingency funding, limiting the available budget to fund digital transformation.[i]
Taken seriously, ITFM is a discipline that can reap huge dividends, which is why it’s gained so much attention in the public and private sectors. CIOs, IT leaders, and business executives have started adopting ITFM to improve the accounting, management, and analysis of their IT costs. And in the U.S., the federal government, and some state governments, have mandated the use of TBM (Technology Business Management), a variant of ITFM pioneered by the TBM Council.
ITFM should not be approached haphazardly. It’s based on specific tools and processes that many companies are still learning to use. Apptio is the leader in ITFM a.k.a. TBM and we can give you the actionable steps to adopt the ITFM discipline and start driving greater business value.
Download Forrester’s report: “ITFM — AKA TBM — Will Drive IT To Focus On Business Outcomes” to learn how to apply ITFM in your organization:
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[i] Forrester, “ITFM — AKA TBM — Will Drive IT To Focus On Business Outcomes,” October 15, 2019