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

    Adventures in IT Budgeting

    Who owns the IT budget? The answer to that question is increasingly important, especially in today’s competitive and changing business environment. But, just as the answer is increasingly “important,” it’s also becoming more...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    Dashboards for the IT Decision Maker

    Dashboarding solutions have been around for years. But, their widespread usage was limited by the inability of older software to gather and update information in real-time. Now, all that’s changing. Today’s innovative dashboards integrate...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    The Hybrid CIO-CFO

    Over the past few years, we’ve noticed that a number of customers have redefined traditional roles and reporting structures as they update their IT organizations to meet the demands of today’s financially oriented business environment. ...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    Introducing "Coach Carmen"

    Recently we’ve added a new member to our Executive Team : Carmen Cook who joins Apptio as our new Leadership Coach. This is not a typical role you will find on an executive management team of a high-growth software company. But then again, we're...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    Bridging the CIO-CFO Communication Gap

    Can you feel it? The friction between the CIO and CFO is almost palpable. Just a year ago, CIO magazine’s 2011 State of the CIO report revealed that only one-third of CIOs feel they are seen as a “trusted partner or business peer.”...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    IT as a "Full Contact Sport"

    At Apptio, we’ve heard people describe technological innovation in plenty of different ways. Many think of it as a “game changer,” a “key to success,” or a “must-have.” But, Roger Roberts, an IT strategist...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    Report: CIOs Spending More Time on Innovation

    Today’s CIOs and their IT management teams face a long list of new executive priorities. Now, more than ever before, they’re involved with technology innovation, transformation and consumerization. They’re challenged by new paradigms...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    What CIOs Can Learn From Moneyball

    Despite having one of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball, Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane built a winning team employing something called “ sabermetrics ” ( Society for American Baseball Research + Metrics). In his...
  • Life @ Apptio

    5 Questions With... Stephen Atwell

    It's time again for Four , wait no, Five Questions with one of our unsung heroes here at Apptio. This week, we pose questions to Application Architect, Stephen Atwell: Name: Stephen Atwell Title: Applications Architect Previously Worked at...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    The 10th CIO TBM Council: Lessons Learned

    The 10th CIO TBM Council hosted by Apptio was our most well attended Council event thus far, with over 210 CIOs and IT executives joining the discussion from around the globe. Like past Council meetings, IT transformation was the foundational theme and...
  • Life @ Apptio

    Two Honors in One Week for Apptio!

    Last week was a big week for Apptio. On Thursday evening, Apptio was honored by Seattle Business Magazine for the second year in a row as being " THE" Best Places to Work For in Washington State in the Large Company category. This award is unique...
  • Life @ Apptio

    The Amazing (Apptio) Race

    It’s no secret that we’re a competitive bunch here at Apptio. At our most recent company event, we were collectively introduced to “ GeoTeaming ” which as the name implies, is a hybrid activity that combines “geocaching”...
  • Life @ Apptio

    Customer Success in Zurich

    I recently had the opportunity to travel to Zurich with our Customer Success team to conduct a requirements workshop with one of our most mature TBM customers, a global reinsurance firm. In previous phases this year, we had already delivered solutions...
  • IT Services Transformation

    Cloud Freakonomics

    There is a widely held assumption that the Cloud is usually a more cost-effective means of procuring IT resources. But of course, we all know what happens when you 'assume'. Forrester analyst and cloud cognoscenti, James Staten tackles the...
  • IT Services Transformation

    Profiles in Services Transformation: Cisco

    Apptio counts many high-profile Fortune 500 companies as customers. But few of them are as far along the journey of delivering IT as a true portfolio of services as is Cisco . Leading this sweeping initiative is Cisco’s CIO (and strategic advisor...
  • IT Services Transformation

    Does the Cloud Pit Business Against IT?

    We all know there’s still plenty of “buzz” surrounding cloud computing, and quite honestly, no one expects it to quiet down anytime soon. But, how do the folks in the IT shop really feel about the cloud? Are companies truly growing...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    Apptio Unveils Spring Release 2011

    We’re at the Forrester IT Forum today and are very excited to announce the launch of “ Spring Release 2011 ” which has been many months in the making. All of Apptio’s development efforts are driven directly by customer feedback...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    Activity Based Costing is the best allocation methodology

    I applaud Dean Branton for driving the need for Cost Transparency and chargeback systems in his article “ How to create a system for charging back IT services .” And I love his 5 key points: (paraphrasing) 1. A chargeback system should...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    Amplify IT Cost Transparency in 2012

    For the last few years, business leaders have issued the same command to IT: do more with less. And according to a new study from Gartner, 2012 promises to be eerily similar to last year in terms of IT spending patterns and priorities. A year ago,...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    Excuses, Excuses -- Why CIOs are Not Managing their IT Costs

    I recently did a roundtable breakfast with 13 IT leaders across various industries. In the software business, we are always focused on talking about the things that are going great. We rarely talk about the issues that are holding back greater market...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    Tips for Talking Strategy With the CEO

    When was the last time you and the CEO sat down to talk one-on-one about business strategy? If you haven’t done so lately, it’s time. The business environment is rapidly evolving, and these days, IT departments are expected to be much more...
  • IT Infrastructure Optimization

    The Hidden Costs of Virtualization

    After years of driving down expenses by leveraging server virtualization and commodity hardware, many companies are now facing an increase in total server costs. It’s not that the unit costs for servers are going up (they’re not, on an apples...
  • IT Financial Transparency

    The State of the IT Union

    Earlier this week in Washington DC, President Obama gave his annual State of the Union address. Meanwhile, in another Washington, a less publicized State of the Union was taking place: a state of the IT union was delivered by Bharat Shyam , the former...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    The CIO as Business Enabler

    The CIO’s role is at an inflection point. Up until this decade, the role of the CIO has been about technology. If the business wanted to implement some new application or technology, their only real choice was to go to internal IT. Over the last...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    Cloud Freakonomics

    There is a widely held assumption that the Cloud is usually a more cost-effective means of procuring IT resources. But of course, we all know what happens when you ‘assume’. Forrester analyst and cloud cognoscenti, James Staten tackles...