Would you sign up to run a retail business operation where you do not know what clients consume which product / service at a specified quantity and subsequently be billed for their consumption (nor how you will finance the future run and build)? This is however the reality for most CIO’s! The focus of a servicebased model is to demonstrate how IT Delivers Value to the business, that is delivers services to business needs (cost effectively, or at least at a specified cost rate that permit to take qualified decisions) over time with an effective IT Business Model and Value Proposition.
We see Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) as the corner stone to move further from “IT generates to much cost” where we can demonstrate who consumes what services (and should subsequently pay for what they consume) to obtain the means (investments) and ends (budgets).
To run a cost effective IT Operation that delivers to business expectations and leverages the execution of the set strategy (1) you would need to build a clear IT Service Strategy (what services do we deliver to the business) with Total Cost of Ownership per user with: cost (how much does each service cost), consumption (how much does the individual user consume) and chargeback (consumed services are allocated “charged back” on an effective cost basis to the business units) (2) in order to be able to provide the means (necessary investments) and ends ( budget). With the right support (best in class technology) this can be done in weeks with a top down (General Ledger), Bottom Up (effective cost) (3) analysis and tied to the roll out of an IT Service Strategy (that drives an end to end roll out of ITIL V 2/3 logics).
Most CFO’s understand a well conceived business plan (IT Service Strategy), with a clear Value Proposition (What services do we deliver) and Business Model (how do we deliver the depicted services to our potential clients) and know that to generate productivity improvement you need to invest. Our experience is that where some clients underconsume services due to a non effective cost allocation model other heavy users tend to overconsume services and do so the more willingly as they do no not pay for their consumption (are not charged back). An allocation model based on delivered services will hence accord the CFO to deliver a coherent financial model based on effective consumption and reflect user behaviour. Most IT Financial Management solutions tend to “massage” the general ledger and do not provide an effective integration to the IT Service Strategy over time. As a result they do not provide cost transparency on an ongoing basis, nor do they deliver to the above set objectives.
This is a breakout from Deliver Business Value with IT (the Book) that you can find as well as (Actionable Story Boards) @ https://flevy.com/seller/mpalmgre/ref=mpalmgre that is flick out the slide set on your ipad and start to share with your CIO, Executives and Board.