If you are trying to accelerate a transformation in your IT organization, you've likely found it's the organizational challenges, not technical ones, holding you back. How do you get IT staff, lines of business leaders, and your C-suite on board when the destination is outside their comfort zone? At AOL, CIO, James LaPlaine, and his team found a little technology business data can go a long way.
In a webinar conducted with Apptio, James described how sharing a preliminary cost model with his CFO upfront helped strengthen it. By involving the CFO early on with a model still rough around the edges, James and his team were able to make the data center cost analysis more accurate and actionable, inspiring a new level of trust with the Board. Overall, transparency has helped AOL change course from increasing investment in captive data centers to adopting a cloud-first strategy—one that enables AOL media properties like Huffington Post and TechCrunch to innovate more quickly and profitably.
In addition to hearing James discuss the value of technology business analysis via Apptio, you’ll hear from Emily Rittenhouse, Director of TBM, on how she turns raw financial and IT data into actionable insights for the business and, in the last few months, how she is improving budgeting and forecasting with Apptio IT Planning.
In this recap, listen in as James and Emily discuss how they were able to:
Compare their own compute, storage and application run costs to public cloud alternatives
Decide that software development was more cost-effective than faster hardware for its e-mail service
Tip a business case in favor of acquiring Microsoft's advertising business
Improve processes and data in financial planning