In May 2010, CA Technologies commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the financial impact and potential return on investment (ROI) that an organization might realize from implementing CA's Oblicore Guarantee solution. To determine the impact, Forrester examined the specific costs, benefits, flexibility, and risk elements that a CA customer, Catholic Health East (CHE), experienced over the past three years using the CA Oblicore Guarantee solution. From interviews conducted by Forrester, it was determined that CHE's use of CA's Oblicore Guarantee solution allowed for a significant redeployment of labor necessary to compile and distribute service-level management reports to its system office customers and enabled a similar labor cost avoidance associated with compiling and distributing reports to its hospitals or Regional Health Corporations (RHCs). Based on our interviews, Forrester projects a three-year, risk-adjusted total net present value (NPV) of $173,420, representing the net costs and benefits attributed to using the CA Oblicore Guarantee solution versus CHE's previous manual processes used in service management reporting. (See details below in Costs, Benefits, Flexibility, and Risks sections). In addition, the risk-adjusted ROI was a favorable 45%, and the payback period was within 20 months.
Published By: Celestix
Published Date: Jan 03, 2011
Whilst the levels of availability and security that are applied to data can be determined by the owner, the need for compliance is often enforced by governing regulatory bodies. However, not all data is the same. Information that is of high value to companies, but is not subject to regulatory pressures like the Data Protection Act, is often overlooked. This information can be of such high strategic value that its compromise could have major financial or public relations implications and possibly disastrous consequences for the company.
Published By: Infortrend
Published Date: Feb 14, 2011
As the economy emerges from the global financial crisis of 2009 and businesses start to take a cautiously optimistic view of the future, IDC is seeing certain changes take place within the
business environment, especially around attitudes to IT purchasing and specifically around the
challenges that have emerged regarding storage technologies.
Most critically is the emergence of storage as a business critical solution environment that proved to be immune to the recession, in that businesses were quick to discover that, in spite of the slowdown in revenues and income, data continued to grow and, in some cases, this growth in data was a direct result of the impact of the recession. Consequently, one of the unexpected outcomes of the financial crisis is that storage has emerged as a new area of concern for business owners as they began to understand that it was almost impossible to reduce data growth and, therefore, efficient methods of managing data will have a direct impact to the efficiency of the business.
Published By: MergerTech
Published Date: Mar 15, 2011
What is the acquisition mindset? It is a mindset that says, "Whether or not I ever sell my company, I will run it as if it is going to be acquired tomorrow." The acquisition mindset enforces a discipline, structure and rigor in your company that ensures you are running a professional organization that minimizes structural risk, maximizes work satisfaction and ensures the highest levels of income today and wealth tomorrow if you do sell. The acquisition mindset is a tool that helps you in all areas of your company, whether you are running a lifestyle company, a venture--backed company, a high growth company, or running a company on the side while you perform another day job.
The following tips will help you keep the acquisition mindset front and center.
Data centers face financial pressure as server-side compute cycles grow while space, power, and funds continue to be limited. Increased demand for compute capacity comes from growth in mobile devices, big data and analytics, cloud computing, media consumption, hosted desktops, and more. Data center managers find themselves maxed out on storage, power, cooling, space, storage, and compute capacity. Even with virtualization, there is a capacity limit to existing resources. Building more facilities is an option, but the emerging technology of ultra-dense computing offers a more compelling financial alternative for many common workloads.
In a business rife with tight profit margins, complexity and competition, the profit- and customer-focused Value Added Reseller (VAR) is king. Razor thin margins make every sale an opportunity to make or break profits, while stiff competition and sky-high customer expectations make it harder than ever to earn repeat business.
In this info-packed eBook, you will learn five key strategies that VARs can take that will help their companies not just survive, but actually thrive in today’s environment. You will also learn how FinancialForce Supply Chain Management can help manage your organization’s entire supply chain processes from order to procurement and back to inventory - in a single closed loop process.
Published By: CompTIA
Published Date: May 12, 2015
Managed service providers in the healthcare, infrastructure relocation, and financial service industries, tell their stories of modernization, adaptation, and growth, in this Quick Start Guide to compliance from CompTIA. IT solutions providers are learning all over again about best practices for sharing of customer data and reporting of financial data. But they’re also learning how best to help their clients meet compliance guidelines.
Virtualization is rapidly changing the way business IT operates, from small local businesses to multinational corporations. If you are reading this, chances are good that your company is already taking advantage of virtualization’s benefits.
Virtualization means that a single underlying piece of hardware, such as a server, runs multiple guest operating systems to create virtual machines, or VMs, with each of them being oblivious to the others. An administrative application, such as VMware, manages the sharing process, allocating hardware resources, memory, and CPU time to each VM as needed. And all applications look at this software construct exactly as if it were a real, physical server — even the VM thinks it’s a real server!
Virtualization makes good financial sense. It enables a single server to offer multiple capabilities that otherwise would require separate servers. It includes native high availability features, so you don’t have to use any more complex clustering tools. This ab
Today’s smart computers can beat board game champions, master video games, and learn to recognize cats. No wonder artificial intelligence has captured the imaginations of business and IT leaders. And indeed, AI is starting to transform processes in established industries, from retail to financial services to manufacturing. Read this guide from Google Cloud and learn how you can unlock the transformational power of information and get useful insights from a vast and complex landscape of data.
Modern solutions like CA PPM continue to raise the bar above last-generation IT demand management tools, continuously providing new features to ease the burden of the PMO, the financial manager, the resource manager and the product manager.
In the last few years, new vendors looking to exploit the large and increasingly influential project and portfolio management (PPM) market have developed modules that “snap” into their SaaS platforms. These vendors claim their tools are easy to install, easy to manage and save customers money. It sounds too good to be true. And for most organizations, it is.
Carefully consider whether you need a PPM solution that is only capable of providing low-level functionality for the project manager, or if your organization could benefit from PPM technology that provides 360-degree optics across your organization, delivers actionable business intelligence and enables extensive modeling and forecasting capabilities to make data-driven business decisions.
At a Glance
Today’s workforce has grown accustomed to using personal technologies that make communication easy and simplify their lives. But many enterprise tools haven’t kept pace. Most current project and portfolio management solutions fail to provide simple ways of performing everyday tasks. They don’t facilitate contextual communication that would help to solve problems, and they lack key functionality: the ability to narrow the focus to relevant data, to drill down for additional information and to efficiently forecast financials and model outcomes.
Download this whitepaper now to see how CA PPM brings more value to your business by providing 15 key features that remain unaddressed by other products on the market today.
Reconstructing resource management tools to simplify tasks, drive collaboration and facilitate action.
People who use technologies at home expect the same ease of use and intuitiveness for the tools they use in the workplace. But enterprise tools aren’t keeping up with the pace of change. Many product and portfolio management (PPM) solutions force resource managers to create entire workflows or navigate through multiple screens just to see the fundamental component of resource management—what their people are working on.
Resource managers also cite shortcomings such as no simple way to perform everyday tasks, communicate in context with others, drill down into key information, narrow the field of resources and forecast financials and model outcomes.
The latest version of CA Project & Portfolio Management facilitates core financial activities with the ease and familiarity of a spreadsheet.
Two years ago, CA began to reevaluate how organizations were leveraging their project and portfolio management solutions. Our goal was to identify ways CA Project & Portfolio Management (CA PPM) could better serve every user, from project, resource and financial managers to executive decision makers and team members.
CA PPM 15.3 simplifies the job of the financial manager with Microsoft Excel®-like functionality, embedded communication and collaboration features, and direct links to the industry’s most popular reporting and business intelligence tools.
Financial management is the heart of project delivery, so why do so many people get it wrong?
Sure, there are some projects that have to be done for regulatory reasons, and there will be a small percentage of initiatives that fall into the speculative category, but sooner or later the projects an organization delivers have to generate a return on investment (ROI).
The old adage is that we manage what we measure. If we aren’t measuring financial information properly, how can we hope to manage our investments effectively?
To learn more about how CA Project & Portfolio Management supports financial management, download today.
Published By: Elementum
Published Date: Sep 03, 2018
While everyone is scrambling to make sure their income statements reflect a profitable year by squeezing procurement costs, it’s actually the balance sheet that tells the full story of long term financial health.
This report outlines the reasons that organizations choose not to upgrade ERP solutions, and
cautions against this approach, by supplying research that illustrates the benefits of keeping
your ERP current and up-to-date.
The financial services industry has unique challenges that often prevent it from achieving its strategic goals. The keys to solving these issues are hidden in machine data—the largest category of big data—which is both untapped and full of potential.
Download this white paper to learn:
*How organizations can answer critical questions that have been impeding business success
*How the financial services industry can make great strides in security, compliance and IT
*Common machine data sources in financial services firms
IBM Planning Analytics Local is the on-premises version of the planning solution built on the powerful, in-memory OLAP engine of IBM TM1. It automates your planning, budgeting and forecasting, and helps you link operational tactics with financial plans.
IBM Planning Analytics, powered by IBM TM1, is the fast, flexible, planning solution that helps you align financial plans with corporate objectives linked to operational tactics and market events. In this quick, 10- minute guided demo, you’ll get hands-on experience with IBM Planning Analytics by building a revenue plan.
You’ll play the role of a financial planner and learn how to:
• Create a revenue plan in IBM Planning Analytics Workspace
• Adjust the plan by increasing sales by 20% through an online channel
• Review the impact of your changes on net profit
While it is easy for marketers to be distracted by the power of data and technology, a new report reminds us what really drives business decisions: feelings. A new study conducted by the Financial Times Commercial Insight Group and gyro asked more than 300 FT readers across the globe to express what feelings are crucial for creating successful business relationships.