SOURCE: Apptio


August 23, 2010 07:00 ET

Motorola and Volkswagen Credit Discuss Strategies for Successful IT Financial Management Using Apptio

IT Leaders Share Techniques for Cost Allocation, IT Budgeting and Cost Transparency Using Technology Business Management Software From Apptio

HARRISBURG, PA--(Marketwire - August 23, 2010) -  - Financial World of IT Conference -- Apptio, the leading provider of on-demand Technology Business Management (TBM) solutions, today announced that two of its customers, Motorola and Volkswagen Credit, have been invited to discuss their IT cost management strategies at the IT Financial Management Association's Financial World of IT Conference being held on Aug. 23-27 in Harrisburg, PA. John Hogan, IT director of Motorola's business management office, will describe how he implemented Apptio to drive greater IT cost transparency and improve cost optimization initiatives. Usman Ghani, manager of IT finance at Volkswagen Credit, will discuss how his organization reduced the time spent in the budgeting process, improved accountability and built an IT services focused model using Apptio's IT Budgeting and Forecasting application. Additionally, Michel Feaster, vice president of products at Apptio, will present best practices for managing the business of IT.

At the conference, Motorola, Volkswagen Credit and Apptio will participate in the following sessions:

IT Cost Allocation at Volkswagen Credit
When: Wed., Aug. 25 from 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EDT
Host: Usman Ghani, Volkswagen Credit
Volkswagen Credit used to manage IT finances using a spreadsheet-based process. This year the company is using a new cost allocation model supported by Apptio. In this session, Ghani will share the model and framework, process, objective criteria used for allocating cost, stakeholders, cost transparency, lessons learned, challenges and differences between the old and current methods of budgeting.

A Better Approach for IT Budgeting and Cost Transparency at Motorola
When: Wed., Aug. 25 from 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. EDT
Host: John Hogan, Motorola
The Motorola team just completed phase two of a comprehensive IT cost transparency and budgeting initiative, intended to give visibility into the operational cost of IT, provide the tools to drive cost optimization and improve budgeting process. This session will discuss challenges, best practices and benefits Motorola achieved by providing best in class information for IT cost management and budget planning.

IT Financial Management - Managing the Business of IT
When: Thurs., Aug. 26 from 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. EDT
Host: Michel Feaster, Apptio
A recent Forrester survey found that only 15% of IT leaders feel they are fully aligned with the business. The business wants to know what value they are getting for the money they spend on IT, whether it is a good value, and how IT can help them achieve their business objectives. While IT has plenty of tools to manage technology, they lack the tools to manage cost and performance of IT and provide transparency to business leaders in a language the business understands. In this session, Feaster will demonstrate through real-world examples how businesses are using TBM software to better manage the business of IT.

Software Demonstration: Technology Business Management - A Complete Suite of IT Financial Management Solutions
When: Thurs., Aug. 26 from 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. EDT
Host: Michel Feaster, Apptio
Customer adoption of IT cost transparency, IT service costing, chargeback and budgeting solutions is accelerating like never before. As organizations get started in one area, they naturally want to pursue others. An integrated suite of solutions for enterprise IT provides greater value and a framework for improving IT efficiency and alignment to the business. In this session, attendees will see an overview and demonstration of Apptio's TBM suite of applications.

In addition to the sessions listed above, Apptio will also host a social networking reception on Thurs., Aug. 26 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. EDT. For more information on the Financial World of IT Conference, please visit

About Apptio
Apptio is the leading provider of SaaS-based Technology Business Management (TBM) solutions for managing the business of IT. Apptio enables IT leaders to manage the cost, quality and value of IT Services by providing deep visibility into the total cost of IT services, communicating the value of IT to the business through an interactive "Bill of IT," and strategically aligning the planning, budgeting and forecasting processes. Apptio's TBM solutions play a critical role in helping companies understand and drive chargeback, virtualization, cloud and other key technology initiatives. Organizations such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, BNP Paribas, Cisco, EMD Chemical and Starbucks use Apptio to reduce costs and align IT with business priorities. For more information on Apptio, please visit or the Lean IT blog at

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