Blogs

Blogs

Blogs
The Apptio blog provides insights into topics ranging from Technology Business Management (TBM) to "Life @ Apptio" stories from Apptio colleagues.
  • IT Financial Transparency

    The Costing Engine Behind Facebook’s New Vending Machines

    During a recent trip to Silicon Valley, I had the opportunity to sit down with Michal Lev-Ram of Fortune Magazine, to discuss the emerging Technology Business Management (TBM) category and how CIOs are putting TBM solutions to work to transform their...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    Why CIOs Need New Metrics

    Today’s IT environment is rapidly changing, and CIOs are constantly on the look-out for innovative projects that can improve performance, enhance efficiencies and/or cut costs. Sometimes, identifying the “right” project is the easy...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    The Old IT is New Again

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. This age old adage is perhaps best exemplified by the constantly shifting IT landscape where the role of the CIO must continually evolve to meet new realities. But, does that mean today’s...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    Introducing The New TBM Council

    A few years ago, we brought together CIOs from some of our early adopter customers to provide guidance to new customers who were just starting on their Technology Business Management journey. What started initially as a user group for our CIO community...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    Chargeback as a means of Demand Management

    Kurt Marko of Processor.com has written some excellent articles on the field of IT Financial Management (see my previous blog Quantifying the Cost of IT ). His article this week, To Chargeback or Not? , provides a very nice overview of the key arguments...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    Apptio Growth, the Cloud and a $800M IT Financial Management market

    A bunch of great news hit the wire over the last week or two. I’ve been so busy I haven’t been able to get it out in a timely manner, so here’s a Week in Review of recent news. On April 27 th —Oi! I have been busy! Time flies...
  • IT Infrastructure Optimization

    Managing the New Economics of Cloud

    It seems that almost every day we are bombarded by new stats about the cloud and its expected growth over the next few years. Among them are those that point to the private cloud market as the “one to watch” in the next few years. According...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    IT Financial Management Association and Trust

    Last week the IT Financial Management Association (ITFMA) conference descended on Charleston, South Carolina, as the most concentrated group of people focused on IT financial issues found anywhere in the world. Never before have I spent so much time talking...
  • IT Infrastructure Optimization

    12 Top Thinkers in Cloud Computing

    Cloud computing continues to be one of the most hyped topics in technology today. While businesses remain hesitant to adopt the cloud for a number of reasons (security, governance, etc) the cloud has emerged as a legitimate and credible option for companies...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    VMware and Digital Fuel: Is the Fox Watching the Hen House?

    Yesterday, VMware announced its acquisition of Digital Fuel, and I wanted to offer some insight based on Apptio’s experience in the market and the direction we believe the market will follow. Digital Fuel has been around for a long time and was...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    Analytics for the Data-Driven CIO

    IT budgets are squarely in the crosshairs of CFOs looking to drive down fixed costs. In response, CIOs are taking a hard look at their data, yet most still rely on generic tools to spark insights and make decisions. Apptio recently sponsored a report...
  • Life @ Apptio

    Four Questions With.... Michael Santiago

    What do you do at Apptio? I am the East Region Technical Solution Architect for Customer Success. I’m currently on a 12 month special assignment in our East Coast Center of Excellence. I’m focused on enablement of our resources, growing the...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    A Five Step Checklist for the Cloud

    Cloud computing continues transforming IT in new and perhaps unexpected ways. As Arthur Cole explains in his recent article, The Changing Face of IT Infrastructure : “The cloud is rightly described as another abstraction on top of an already...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    What IT Really Wants: Relevancy

    What do IT organizations want most? Could it be the latest technology? Better training? A bigger budget? The answer may surprise you. According to a new study from InformationWeek , the one thing IT organizations want most is more engagement...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    Who Holds the IT Pursestrings?

    If IT is to truly embrace the mandate of running like a business, that means IT leaders must update their approach and implement strategies to make the business management of technology pervasive across the enterprise. And what wil be the consequences...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    Keeping IT Innovation Up in a Down Economy

    The economy right now is anything but predictable. And while we’re all keeping a close eye on our investments -- both at home and at work -- it hard not to wonder: what happens to IT innovation in such a volatile economic climate? Can CIOs...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    Rethinking IT Strategic Planning

    How often do you review your IT strategies? If you’re like most CIOs, you’ve probably fallen into a pattern of the (often dreaded) annual strategy review, a yearly evaluation timed to coincide with the (even more dreaded) annual IT budget...
  • Life @ Apptio

    Five Questions With.... Brian McGehee

    Name : Brian McGehee Title : Senior Trainer Previously Worked at : HP, Opsware, Native 6, Zama Networks, Western Wireless, AT&T Wireless, Tosco, WAMU, McCaw Cellular, and more. What do you do at Apptio? I am the senior technical trainer...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    Apptio Closes Series D Round

    As reported in today's Wall Street Journal , we are thrilled to announce that Apptio has closed its Series D round in the amount of $50 million, bringing the total amount raised by the company to $91 million since Apptio was founded in 2007. Leading...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    Is Healthcare Ready for the Cloud?

    In passing the HITECH Act as part of ARRA in 2009, the government had two primary goals: Moving physicians who have been slow to migrate from paper-based patient records to an electronic medical record (EMR) system, and ensuring that patient data...
  • Life @ Apptio

    4 Questions With... Libby Christensen

    Apptio is quickly closing in on 200 employees (when I started ten months ago, we just passed the century mark!). With such a fast growing and dynamic team, we wanted to highlight some of the talented individuals behind the scenes. We'll be posting...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    IBM: CIOs Focused on BI, Analytics and Cloud Computing

    Results from a new IBM study of more than 3,000 global CIOs confirm what we at Apptio have known for some time: Cloud computing, BI, and analytics are going to prove essential to increasing competitiveness over the next three to five years. IBM's...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    The End of the CIO?

    Upon reading his own obituary, Mark Twain was said to have uttered his now famous retort: "the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Today’s CIO might be forgiven for hearing similar whispers. According to a recent survey...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    VW Credit Discusses Top 10 ROI and Value Points @ Chicago Roundtable

    Recently I had the opportunity to facilitate one of our regional Transform Roundtables in Chicago with the CIO of VW Credit, Kari VenderVeen and her Manager of IT Finance and Performance, Usman Ghani . Attending this roundtable event were five other companies...
  • Life @ Apptio

    Apptio Named a Best Place to Work in Washington, Again!

    By David Flanagan, senior director of HR at Apptio Late last week, Apptio was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as the silver medalist in the large company category for the Washington’s Best Workplaces awards. This award comes on...