Blogs

Blogs

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

    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

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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”...
  • 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

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    Rethinking Alignment: Why IT is The Business

    Which macro-level trends will help define business growth over the next few years? In a recent article at ZDNet Asia , Crawford Del Prete, executive vice president of worldwide research products and chief research officer at IDC, offers his prediction...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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

    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...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    Are You Prepared For Dramatic Changes in IT Roles?

    Over the past few years, IT organizations have changed in fundamental ways. Cost pressures, demands for innovation, technological advances and the social media/mobile revolution have transformed IT – and completely redefined the role of CIO and...
  • Leadership Perspectives

    Debating the Dual Title of CIO-CFO

    Forward-thinking companies recognize that the role of the CIO is changing. These days, the IT-shop needs to run like a business, and IT leaders need to take an updated, holistic approach so they can make the business management of technology pervasive...
  • 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...