Elevate ITFM Virtual Conference

June 17, 2020 @ 04:00 June 18, 2020 @ 13:00 UTC

This conference will have sessions providing guidance across the three key disciplines of short-term Cost Cutting, Evergreen Cost Optimization, and Outcome-Focused Value Creation from leading industry experts.

Could the “new normal” push IT’s contribution to the back burner? Not a chance! In fact, now is the time to innovate and deliver new value when it is needed most. But that won’t be easy if tech leaders don’t have a firm grasp on IT spend and how it translates to value. Navigate this year’s unique obstacles and beyond with the help of peers and industry experts in this two-day virtual event.

Although virtual, the conference provides opportunities for virtual networking, industry expert speakers, break out rooms, and Birds of a Feather Gatherings so you can connect with your peers and other community members.

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Building & Managing Cost Models

June 16, 2020 @ 20:30 21:00 UTC

Join us for a Quick Birds of A Feather Session at the Elevate ITFM 2020 Conference.

This virtual roundtable will be led by Nan Braun of Thavron Solutions and will host up to 20 registrants. Grab your seat quickly, bring your lunch, and let’s talk cost modeling!

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Right Sizing for Resilience: How IT service value conversations empower the organization for success

June 12, 2020 @ 04:00 13:00 UTC

Today’s changing business and social climate is putting increasing pressure on IT to do more for less. This does not mean that you have to shift and move your focus 100% to cost-cutting. Learn how IT can support their organizations better through discussions that center around IT business service value. This will be a feature talk at the Elevate ITFM Virtual Conference. Need a ticket?  https://elevateitfm.regfox.com/elevate-itfmtbm-2020?registrants.source=Thavron .

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A Shift to the Virtual Dimension

I need to do the most important thing first: How are you doing?

These are stressful times and organizations are facing challenges that are compounded by the personal challenges in everyone’s lives.

I sincerely hope that everyone is staying safe and taking care of themselves.  And not just yourself, but your team and your family. This is the time we all need to work on being flexible, but that new flexibility can bring growing pains. During this challenging time, we are all pivoting our normal ways of doing things in order to continue accomplishing goals and providing our respective organizations, companies, and communities the level of effort and skills they need to survive and thrive during this difficult time.

With that in mind, Thavron Solutions will be changing our on-site TBM/ITFM workshops and classes into interactive Webinar presentations until further notice. 

Hopefully, this will provide the TBM/ITFM community a way to sharpen their skills and continue on their learning path while adhering to our national responsibility to do what we can to keep social distancing.  In addition to becoming Virtual, we will be offering a significant reduction in the registration cost to attend our May Workshop.  The standard registration fee for in-person workshops is $499 per person, but in order to try to keep our community together and have at least some virtual socialization, we are reducing registrations to just $49 per person.  Although we added a few seats for the virtual session, these are not unlimited size- be sure to grab a seat before they are sold out.

We will also be offering monthly virtual live-streamed talks with featured speakers about current TBM/ITFM topics that are foremost on people’s minds.  These talks are free and interactive, so please join us and your fellow practitioners. for topical discussion.  Our next live-stream on April 16 is focused on how COVID-19 is impacting ITFM practitioners and organizations. Our guest panelists are Ginger Allen, Guidewell and Tony Rees, Minnesota IT Services.  You can register to participate in the interactive live stream here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2215862019622/WN_Nun7lg9YTiGqMmV-6qKuMw

Some of the conferences we were planning to attend have done some virtual shifts as well, so be sure to watch for updates on how to see our conference presentations, and to interact with us virtually at those online gatherings.

We hope to see you soon, if not in person, at least in spirit.

Be well and stay safe.

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Covid 19 and ITFM: Live Streamed Discussion with Panel of experts

Join us for a live-streamed discussion about the impact of Covid-19 driven actions and changes on resources and IT Financial Management for medium to large organizations.

Nan Braun, CEO of Thavron Solutions will be joined (virtually) by Ginger Allen – the Senior Director of IT Business Management at Guidewell/Florida Blue and Tony Rees – the Budget Director/Financial Management Lead for the State of Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) for a live-streamed discussion and Q&A on April 16 at 1 PM EDT. Join us to learn how these experts are tracking costs specific to these new projects and initiatives, how they are coping with the impact to other budgeted initiatives, and the types of reporting they are doing or planning to support executive decision making in their organizations.

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2020 Conferences and Workshops

Growing a community of professionals and educating practitioners and executives in the domain of IT Finance and Technology Business Management is a critical part of Thavron’s mission.

Here are places you can Connect and learn with us:

February 20 Thavron Workshop: Intermediate and Advanced Modeling Best Practices in Indianapolis, IN

Providing ongoing ROI for your ITFM/TBM investment means moving past the tactical deployment of reports and models to the strategic design and use of your information and analytics.

March 25, TBM Council Public Sector Conference

Planning on Attending the TBM Conference? Contact Us so we can connect onsite.

April 29- May 1, IT Financial Management Week in Austin, TX

April 30, 2020: Our CEO Nan Braun will be speaking on: Leveraging Service Portfolio & Project Management Strategies For Effectively Prioritizing IT Investments For The Business

Thavron is part of the Advisory Board and speaker faculty for the 2020 IT Financial Management (ITFM) conference. This 3-day event provides the opportunity to Connect, Collaborate, and Innovate with a Vibrant Community of ITFM Leaders.

We are excited to be working with colleagues across industries to help shape the content for the 15th iteration of this exciting event. I would like to invite you to join me this April 29- May 1 in Austin at the conference. 

Register to attend and receive a 20% discount off the standard rate with the code: ITFM2020_ADBOARD

View the program here: http://bit.ly/ITFM2020

May 12 Thavron Workshop : IT Basics for Financial Professionals / IT and Business Alignment in Indianapolis, IN

Filling the gaps in IT knowledge can be a daunting task.  This workshop will give you a primer on the basics of how IT and finance co-exist and explain terms and services in easy to understand concepts.  In this workshop, we will walk through the journey of alignment with the business, and discuss the road map to get there, the pitfalls to avoid, and who and what will be affected.

June 15-19 World of IT Financial Management in Santa Fe, NM

Thavron Staff will be presenting multiple workshops and talks at this conference. Reserve the following slots to join us:

June 15: Workshop: The Promise and Peril of Chargeback (3 hours) (Monday afternoon) [Partnership with Bryan Drake of Unisys]

June 16: Workshop: Modeling Best Practices for IT Finance/IT Business Management (4 hours) (Tuesday morning) – A condensed , but still interactive version of the Thavron Modeling Skills Workshop. Learn the skills that will allow you to grow from a report generator to an analyst.

June 16: Workshop: Managing the Vendor Selection Process (3 hours) (Tuesday afternoon) The workshop that organizations across North America have attended to get prepared for the ITFM/TBM vendor selection process

June 17: Fireside Chat with Ginger Allen of Guidewell Solutions: “Leveraging An IT Business Service Culture to Optimize the IT Budget “(Wednesday afternoon)

June 18: Service Value Metrics – Aligning and Leading the Organization (Thursday morning)

June 18: Data Maturity – Am I Ready? (Thursday afternoon)

June 19: IT Storytelling: Communicating with the CFO and Beyond (Friday morning)

August 10-14 2020 Financial World of Information Technology, Charleston,SC

Stay Tuned as the Agenda for this Conference gets Finalized. Have you gotten your tickets for Charleston yet?

September 24 Thavron Workshop: Selecting Software Solutions and Getting Started with TBM in Indianapolis, IN

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Finding your IT Value: Guidewell Fireside Chat

A new operating model for IT can provide dramatic results

Being able to talk to the rest of your organization about the value of IT can be a game-changer.

Ginger Allen, the IT BMO Director for Guidewell and her team have done a remarkable job of launching that journey. With just over a year under their belts, they are already seeing marked differences in the conversations that happen around IT, and how the value of IT is perceived.

Our CEO, Nan Braun, recently had the opportunity to sit down and discuss this journey with Ginger as part of the Nicus Software Partner Insights program. Listening to this webinar on-demand is a great opportunity for you to learn from her experiences – both the successes and what she would do differently if she were doing it all over again.

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Learn and Lead Workshops take your team to the next level

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The learn and lead workshop schedule for 2020 has been announced and tickets are available now. We will be providing 3 public workshops and a fourth workshop that is available only to our Post Implementation Support Subscription Customers.

In February, our workshop is targeted to intermediate to advanced skillsets. If you have been working with a Service Cost Model for a year or more, this class is specifically for you. You might have implemented an off the shelf solution, or maybe you have a homegrown solution you have designed yourself. Providing ongoing ROI for your ITFM/TBM investment means moving past the tactical deployment of reports and models to the strategic design and use of your information and analytics. No matter what solution is working for you, having the right modeling skills is critical to get great insights for your organization.

On February 20, 2020 for those staying overnight after the workshop to beat the winter blues, we will offer a bonus free workshop in the evening that will be an IT 101 for Finance Professionals, making sure you have three domain knowledge needed to design your models.

May 12, 2020, is one of our most attended and highest demand workshops- Selecting Software Solutions and Getting Started with TBM. If you are considering implementing an off the shelf software solution like Nicus, Apptio, Upland/ComSci, or EZTBM, this workshop is a must-attend. An ITFM / TBM automation platform is an investment that can bring cultural and bottom-line impact to a company.  Vendor options continue to change and grow, making the process of choosing the right platform a major challenge. Any step forward on your journey to maturity can be fraught with uncertainty and potential failure. It can be hard to justify a large investment of time and money for the next project when you don’t know what you can confidently deliver. Join Thavron CEO Nan Braun for a full day of workshops that will empower you to self assess and engage with Vendors confidently

September 24, 2020 is a workshop for attendees of all levels. IT Basics for Financial Professionals / IT and Business Alignment provides information and tools needed to understand both the Business of IT and how to align those IT Functions to Business Capabilities.

In December we will have our last workshop of the year, focused on road mapping and service portfolio metrics. This workshop will only be open for our support subscribers. If you are interested in learning more about our post-implementation support advisory, email info@thavronsolutions.com.

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Software Selection and Requirements Assessment Workshop at Financial World of Information Technology

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The ​Thavron Solutions CEO and COO will be leading a half-day workshop on Requirements Assessment and Software Selection tools at the FInancial World of Information Technology Conference today.   “Automation Tools for ITFM/TBM like Apptio, Nicus, ComSci or EZTBM can be critical factors for organization success, but choosing the wrong software solution for your organization can be crippling,” said Nan Braun, CEO of Thavron Solutions, ” Organizations too often enter the process of decision making unprepared and strangled by what they don’t know about their organization.”  

The Thavron Workshop is designed to assist organizations who are making the Build Vs. Buy decision, as well as companies who are entering into a search for a software vendor.  Attendees learn how to assess themselves, how to prepare for the initial RFP and how to conduct an effective Proof of Concept.  “By sending them home with functional tools and templates, we hope to empower attendees to make software choices that can transform their organizations,” said COO Charles Creasy.

The workshop is also being offered as part of a Thavron Learn and Lead workshop on Nov 12, 2019, or is available for on-site or remote learning engagements. For more information about the workshop, email info@thavronsolutions.com