IT cost management and the cloud

Apptio adds cloud computing templates to its IT financial management suite to help customers show the true total cost of ownership of internal and external IT services.
Cloud computing promises to provide quality IT services at a lower cost and more quickly than perhaps traditional IT delivery methods. But that might not always be the case, according to Apptio, which this week updated its IT cost management software with tools to help enterprise IT managers determine if they should invest in the cloud.
Traffic is then combed for the usual range of malware, attachment and botnet indicators. Admins set up the service using a web console to allow or disallow certain URLs, and access to named social networks, webmail, blog systems and other online applications. Control can be taken as far as the enforcement of specific browsers and versions.
The advantage for IT is that policies can be enforced quite quickly and easily for the one part of the PC population that tends to hit problems, namely laptops and smartphones. Doing this as a service frees them from having to specify and manage an appliance, integrating it into other infrastructure.
That means IT managers will need to be able to show that they understand the cloud and have explored it thoroughly as an alternative to other internal or outsourced computing options. Apptio, with its recent release, delivered integrated cloud cost analysis for each of its Cost Transparency Templates, which the company says will allow IT to compare baseline costs with cloud offerings.
 
Apptio provides its technology via a hosted application. The application includes a visual modeling environment that pulls data from spreadsheets, general ledger systems and other sources. The application creates a model of the relationships between IT services and costs. The included analysis capabilities can also test what-if scenarios and plan for capacity. The pre-built templates analyze costs associated with application, infrastructure and desktop services.
“Customers are getting a lot of pressure from the cloud. With these templates, they will be able to show the true [total cost of ownership] and [return on investment] of the cloud,” Day says. “The greatest inhibitor of the cloud is a lack of understanding. IT leaders need better systems and tools to perform accurate analysis.”
“Customers are getting a lot of pressure from the cloud. With these templates, they will be able to show the true [total cost of ownership] and [return on investment] of the cloud,” Day says. “The greatest inhibitor of the cloud is a lack of understanding. IT leaders need better systems and tools to perform accurate analysis.”
Customers can get started with Apptio’s cost analysis technology for about $100,000 per year, which includes the cloud computing templates and analysis tools as well as baseline TCO analysis capabilities.
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