Leadership Perspectives

  • CMO Notebook: Thoughts from Apptio’s TBM CIO Council

    Posted by Chris Hi everyone. I’m Chris Pick, Apptio’s new Chief Marketing Officer. I come to Apptio by way of Austin Ventures where I was an operating partner in their ‘CEO-in-residence’ program and have spent the better part...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 and the Cobbler’s Children

    Ventana Research just released a fantastic piece of survey research titled “ IT Analytics: Benchmarking the Analysis of Data to Gain Business Insight .” It’s an independent survey on the current state of data analytics in IT and the...
  • Is IT a Service Provider or Strategic Partner to Business?

    In Susan Cramm’s latest post on Harvard Business blog, she describes the need for IT to think of themselves as strategic partners with business leaders in order to improve business efficiency, work together on strategic planning, shift key IT decisions...
  • 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...
  • CIOs Need to Close IT Leadership Gap

    Today’s CIOs are running the gauntlet. Budgets are tight, and IT investments are in the spotlight like never before. Stakeholders are clamoring for improved financial transparency and more effective management. And, even turf wars are heating...
  • 2011: A Look into the Crystal Ball

    Microsoft will become a private company; Steve Ballmer will no longer be CEO. F5 and Concur Technologies will be acquired. Microsoft will buy Nokia. Android will become the default smartphone OS in 2011. These are just a few of the predictions thrown...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...