Technology Business Management

Connecting Technology Investments to Business Value

What is Technology Business Management (TBM)?

TBM is a discipline that improves business outcomes by giving organizations a consistent way to translate technology investments to business value by defining the tools, processes, data, and people needed to manage the business of technology.

Based on a standard taxonomy that can be used by technology, finance and business leaders, TBM enables organizations to react quickly to changing market dynamics, make data-driven decisions, and align organizations around a common business objective. Visit the TBM Council’s website to learn more.

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The TBM Landscape

TBM Use Cases

A common discipline for embracing technology leadership challenges

IT Finance

  • Optimize run budget to invest in growth
  • Infra/vendor/application TCO
  • Consumption-based chargeback/showback
  • Dynamic planning (e.g. monthly)


  • Confidence in cloud migration plans
  • Financial accountability for IaaS spend
  • Optimization of SaaS vendors & licenses


  • Funding/tracking value streams of new innovation
  • Aligning development labor to business outcomes
  • Allocating resources in real-time to portfolios
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What is the TBM Council?

Led by an independent board of directors, the TBM Council is a non profit business entity dedicated to advancing the discipline of TBM through education, standards, and collaboration.

Born out of Apptio’s biannual TBM Summits in 2012, Apptio is the founder and technical advisor to the community.

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Tools for Automating TBM

IT Spend Optimization

Establish repeatable and accurate planning, budgeting and forecasting processes.

  • Accelerate planning
  • Track consumption
  • Benchmark against peers
  • 3-5% budget optimization
  • Decisions and insights real-time

Cloud Financial Management

Connect your multi-cloud, hybrid, and SaaS infrastructure with cloud financial management best practices.

  • Accelerate cloud migration
  • Manage multi-cloud, SaaS
  • Drive accountability
  • Make migration decisions 25% faster
  • Optimize multi-cloud / SaaS by 30%

Agile Investment Planning

Align development resources to business outcomes; plan and track value delivery for projects or products.

  • Shift from waterfall to agile
  • Plan & track value
  • Align goals to work
  • Cut capacity planning time by 80%
  • Continuous product delivery at scale
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IBM Apptio

Analyze, Optimize & Plan IT Spend

  • IBM Apptio Costing

    Apptio Costing reveals the exact costs and impacts of your tech investments, providing transparency on key spend drivers tied to business priorities, driving informed decisions in an evolving tech landscape.

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  • IBM Apptio Planning

    Apptio Planning streamlines the technology budgeting and forecasting process while providing the variance analysis and scenario planning capabilities to support continuous planning.

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  • IBM Apptio Billing

    Apptio Billing delivers an automated and reliable cost recovery solution that communicates the value of IT and technology, enables partnership with the business, and empowers business stakeholders to be better consumers of technology.

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  • IBM Apptio Benchmarking

    Apptio Benchmarking provides self-service peer comparisons of your technology spend over time, enabling an ongoing process for tracking performance, validating decisions, and identifying areas for improvement.

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Optimize Cloud & Hybrid Infrastructure

  • Cloudability

    Cloudability ingests, normalizes, and structures cloud billing and usage data from across your public cloud ecosystem so that you can actively manage spend and consumption to continuously improve the unit economics of cloud service.

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  • Cloudability Savings Automation

    Cloudability Savings Automation enables organizations to run their commitment program on autopilot, freeing up critical FinOps resources and delivering savings that are not achievable with a manual approach.

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  • Cloudability TotalCost

    Cloudability TotalCost is the only FinOps solution that enables practitioners to manage direct and indirect / shared cloud costs holistically, bringing financial accountability to the total cost of running cloud.

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  • Cloudability Financial Planning

    Cloudability Financial Planning helps you break free from the spreadsheet and accurately forecast cloud spend by creating actionable, defensible plans for future cloud deployments.

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  • Cloudability MSP

    Cloudability MSP empowers managed service providers to efficiently manage complex cloud environments and optimize costs while streamlining customer management and billing processes.

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Maximize Agile Investment Planning

Apptio Targetprocess is an enterprise agile management solution that ingests and structures activity data from PPM and ALM tools with portfolio financial data to inform investment decisions, optimize resources, and track value. Built to align development work with business goals and objectives, Apptio Targetprocess enables portfolio leaders to accurately plan, track, and forecast investments for agile or hybrid delivery.

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The Apptio TBM Unified Model

The Apptio TBM Unified Model® (ATUM®) standardizes the financial information necessary for IT leaders to manage their technology business. ATUM is ingrained in Apptio's SaaS applications and incorporates the TBM Taxonomy, the backbone of the TBM discipline.

Screenshot from The ATUM Poster: The Standard Model for Technology Costs

“Once we embedded Apptio for use in the organization, this enabled the leadership team to take operational control of budgets. As a result, we were able to ensure that costs became transparent and cost drivers were understood more clearly.”

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San Diego, California
November 4 – 6, 2024

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