Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Apptio Partners With SteelGlass Consulting to Educate Business Leaders on IT Financial Transparency

Apptio, the leading provider of on-demand Technology Business Management (TBM) solutions, today announced a series of webinars in conjunction with SteelGlass Consulting, to help educate a new generation of business leaders on the critical nature of financial transparency within IT organizations. With a focus on educational content, these webinars qualify for continuing professional education (CPE) for many certifications.

Financial transparency has become a necessity for many CIOs, business leaders and financial executives as they struggle to better align IT investments with business goals. For most organizations, financial transparency remains elusive as IT financial professionals endeavor to understand, measure, allocate and communicate the cost of IT. This series of educational webinars is designed specifically for IT financial management professionals to help them run IT like a business.

Understanding and Leveraging Financial Transparency to Improve Business Alignment

Who: Attendees will include IT financial management professionals, managers and executives -- as well as IT directors and executives interested in learning more about IT financial transparency.

What: Delivered as part of Apptio's Technology Business Management Educational Program, the series is delivered in four levels: FT100, FT200, FT300 and FT400.

  • FT100: an introduction to Technology Business Management (TBM), the discipline and best practices for managing the business of IT. Attendees will also learn more about cost allocation methods for IT, including pros and cons of each, and the basics of a service utility model.
  • FT200: provides IT and finance leaders with practical knowledge about the building blocks for a successful IT Financial Transparency program, such as the service catalog, development of service rates, and benchmarking.
  • FT300: will discuss the benefits of accurate and consistent reporting to both IT "buyer" and "seller." Apptio and SteelGlass speakers will cover application costing, billing (chargeback and showback), and demand management.
  • FT400: illustrates the full impact a comprehensive financial transparency program can deliver. You will see how to compare the pricing of technology solutions, how to drive buyer (IT consumer) behavior, and leverage activity-based costing.

When: The IT financial transparency program includes a series of 12 monthly, one-hour webinars. The next webinar takes place on Wed., Feb. 16 at 10:00 a.m. PT.

Where: For a full webinar schedule and calendar of topics, and to register for the education series, please visit:

Suraj Nekram, president and CEO, SteelGlass Consulting
Michael Amato, head of technology at SteelGlass Consulting
Todd Tucker, director of strategic marketing at Apptio

About Apptio

Apptio is the leading provider of SaaS-based Technology Business Management (TBM) solutions for managing the business of IT. Apptio enables IT leaders to manage the cost, quality and value of IT Services by providing deep visibility into the total cost of IT services, communicating the value of IT to the business through an interactive "Bill of IT," and strategically aligning the planning, budgeting and forecasting processes. Apptio's TBM solutions play a critical role in helping companies understand and drive chargeback, virtualization, cloud and other key technology initiatives. Global enterprise customers such as Cisco, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Starbucks, BNP Paribas, EMD Chemical, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City currently use Apptio to manage more than $50 billion in annual IT spending. For more information on Apptio, please visit or the Lean IT blog at

About SteelGlass Consulting

SteelGlass Consulting is an IT Cost Transparency Consulting Company that is focused on delivering results for the Fortune 500 market place. SteelGlass Consulting is uniquely qualified to deliver for the forward-thinking CTO/CIO and their respective business partners. SteelGlass represents practical hands-on knowledge and completely understands the goals and challenges associated with running IT like a business. SteelGlass Consulting was founded by industry thought leaders with a combined experience that exceeds 70 years. The company has traversed the spectrum (assessment, strategy, planning, design, execution and customer feedback) that is IT cost transparency, which powers the company with the advantage to deliver results in the near term. Learn more on SteelGlass Consulting at

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