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April Conferences with DCG Software Value

Conference season is back in full swing! This month you'll find us at two different conferences - coincidentally held in the same city, on the same dates! Both of these conferences are ones we return to year after year, so we can be sure that this year's events will not disappoint.

QUEST conference

First up is the QUEST conference (Quality Engineered Software and Testing). The conference features an exhibition hall, presenters and workshops/tutorials with a focus on testing. Tom Cagley, our Vice President of Consulting, will present, "Budgeting, Estimation, Planning and #NoEstimates - They ALL Make Sense for Agile Testing!," on Wednesday, April 20, from 11:15am-12:15pm. Tom will explain the difference between budgeting, planning, and estimation, as applied to testing in an Agile environment, and when they make sense, when they don’t, and in what combination for testing.

He will also teach a workshop, "Agile Estimation," on Monday, April 18 from 8:30am-4:30pm. The course focuses on providing QA managers, test analysts, and test automation engineers with an in-depth understanding of the principles and methods of estimating leveraged in an Agile development environment, through a combination of lectures with hands-on technique practice.

DCG is also a sponsor of the event.

Date: April 18-22, 2016
Location: The Renaissance Chicago Downtown; Chicago, IL

IT Financial Management

The second place you'll find us is the IT Financial Management Association’s (ITFMA) Financial World of IT Conference. The focus of this event is how to improve IT financial management capabilities. Harrison Zipkin, our Director of VC/M&A, will present "Shifting Operating Expense to Equity Value," on April 20th in the afternoon. His presentation will discuss how to convert operating expenses to equity value, highlighting current methodologies in IT and finance to enhance ROI.

Date: April 18-22, 2016
Location: Palmer House Hilton Hotel; Chicago, IL 

So, that's where we'll be in April! After each conference the presentations will be available for download - we'll be sure to post the links on the blog (they'll also be in our newsletters).

Our full event calendar is available here.

Written by Default at 05:00

Michael D. Harris to Present at ITFMA's 2015 Financial World of IT Conference


Interested in IT financial management? Then don't miss this year's IT Financial Management Association (ITFMA) conference in Pittsburgh, April 13-17. The Financial World of IT conference is a must-attend event for those interested in improving their IT financial management capabilities.

Mike Harris will be presenting this year, urging businesses to utilize a "show me the money" approach to software development.

His presentation, "Using Lean Principles to Prioritize and Track Financial Value in Software Development" is part of the "IT Chargeback, Showback and Expense Management" conference agenda. He will share simple techniques for optimizing the flow of economic value and bringing economic value metrics into the tactical decision-making of the software development process. Be there on Friday, April 17th at 10:30am to listen in!

For more information and to download Mr. Harris’ latest presentations, visit www.valuevisualization.com.

Written by Default at 05:00
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IT Cost Management: Out of the Ivory Tower and into the Fire!


IT Cost Management should be more than making sure your checks don’t bounce when you buy the latest technologies; it should be a competitive weapon. That was the basis for the ½ day workshop I conducted at the IT Financial Management Conference in Savannah on July 9th. Joining me was Catherine Crowley, Innovation Value Institute Researcher and my co-presenter.

During the workshop, we reviewed the fundamental financial building blocks of the IT Capability Maturity Framework (IT-CMF), a heavily researched framework that focuses on the business value of IT. At DCG ,we are outcome-oriented and technique agnostic - we care about getting results for our clients. We have found the IT-CMF to be a unique, holistic approach for a CIO to align IT investments with business value.

Based on the written feedback forms from participating IT finance practitioners, those actually managing IT finances for corporations both large and small, IT Cost Management, as assessed by IT-CMF, can add business value. Furthermore, five management level professionals expressed interest in signing up their companies for IVI-led Validation Workshops - the next step in the process of delivering greater business value. These workshops exercise the assessment methods of IT Cost Management and provide real insight into these corporations' IT finance functions.

IT-CMF is applicable for any organization, and the inherent IT finance diagnostic capabilities of an assessment can help an organization start the internal discussion on how to make IT a competitive weapon. After all, no one has money to burn, least of all IT.

Learn more about our IT Finance Diagnostic Workshop.

Tony Timbol
Vice President

Written by Tony Timbol at 05:00
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Getting more value out of IT Budgets ... and how IT-CMF can help!

Come and find out at the ITFMA Conference in San Francisco April 16-20, 2012. I'll be there talking about the Financial Management Critical Capabilities of IT-CMF at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 20. I'd love to meet you either inside or outside the conference while I am in San Francisco, so please leave a comment below if you'd like to set something up!

As part of our continuing effort to find ways to get more value out of IT budgets, last year I came across the IT Financial Management Association (ITFMA,) and this year we joined. Why? Because, in my experience, the first step in getting value out of the IT budget is getting the IT budget under control. That means taking a professional approach to managing money by having professionals with financial management training doing the recording and analysis of IT spending.

Frankly, I hadn't heard of the ITFMA before last year, but it is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Who knew? There are certainly some significant corporations who have been members for over ten years, covering a diverse range of organizations:

  • American Express
  • Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • Coca-Cola Company
  • Honda of America
  • McDonald's Corporation
  • MIT
  • State of Kansas
  • State of Wyoming
  • The Hartford

What sort of topics do ITFMA members care about? Probably some of the same topics that you do. Here is a sample of the presentations at the San Francisco conference:

  • Best Predictive Budgeting Models
  • 25 Years of Chargeback Experiences and Best Practices
  • Asset Management Best Practices
  • Success for Today's IT Finance
  • ITIL Trends and Experiences
  • Benchmark IT Spending and Staffing Ratios Best Practices
  • Checklist for Cutting IT Costs
  • IT Infrastructure Pricing
  • Mobile Device Cost Control
  • Capital Budgeting Best Practices
  • Improving Cost Model Accuracy
  • Cloud Economics Best Practices
  • Trends in Software Spending
  • IT Consumption Cost Analysis
  • IT Transparency Best Practices
  • 21st Century IT Budgeting
  • Measuring Business Value of IT
  • Best Practrices for RFP Projects

If you are interested in signing up for the conference, you can register here. Hope to see you there!  

Mike Harris
DCG President

Written by Michael D. Harris at 11:23

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