Internal Transparency- Not just Self Reflection.

Virtual Event

September 8 @ 12:00 13:00 UTC-5

Join Cathy Wagner and Callie Martin from the MNIT ( Minnesota State IT) team for a case study and discussion on how having insights into Internal Transparency can have an impact on the IT Budgeting process and the resulting Budget, especially in the area of labor-management and planning.

Free Free to attend Online

Cathy Wagner is a financial program manager with MNIT Services for the State of Minnesota. She manages and directs enterprise financial programs and projects with sensitive financial data in the areas of strategic planning, budgeting, rate setting, invoicing, and reporting. She develops governance and technical data solutions based on federal and state fiscal policies. She was worked in a variety of roles managing public data for state agencies including enterprise-level IT financial data, educational testing, and statewide accountability data. She was originally a French teacher in a large suburban school district and has traveled extensively across Europe.  She is very much enjoying the current opportunity afforded all state employees to work from home but wishes it were under better circumstances.  

Callie Martin is a Management Analyst who is experienced in financial analysis, modeling, and benchmarking, using a variety of data sources to create cohesive data presentations to various end-users. Well versed in data verification and formatting for integration into third-party software systems, and skilled in data entry, database maintenance, and data visualization.

Cost Management – How can I talk Value to the business when my data is not mature?

Virtual Event

September 8 @ 11:00 12:00 EDT

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Ginger Allen is the Sr. Director of IT Business Management Office for GuideWell Holdings, the parent company for Florida Blue (the Florida-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan).  After more than 20 years in public accounting and professional consulting, Ginger joined Florida Blue where her accountabilities have ranged from leading the traditional GAAP & Statutory accounting functions, Corporate FP&A, Cost Accounting. Ginger led the enterprise effort to bring six sigma continuous improvement methodologies into the company and to lead major cost optimizations efforts across the enterprise.  It was in this role Ginger realized that IT spend was one of the most obscure and least understood major types of spend for the enterprise.  This led Ginger to move into her current role in IT with a dedication to bringing transparency and then optimization to the IT organization with an annual spend of nearly half a billion dollars.

CONNECT: ginger.allen@bcbsfl.com

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The Value of Partnerships for TBM

A service valuestream mindset and view of IT for the organization is not just a finance exercise, it is a shift in thought for the whole enterprise. Enterprise Architecture can be a key partner in socializing this change and driving value for IT.

Interested in exploring and improving the IT Partnerships you need for success outside of the IT Finance Office?

Join Dale Bryan Drake for a discussion on how the EA and ITFM partnership can transform an organization, based on his personal work experiences.

No IT Finance Director should be designing the service cost model for their organization in isolation.

Be sure to RSVP and grab your seat for this session of the IT Value Summit on Tuesday, Sep 8. This session is just one of a series through the day, all focused at discussing and maturing our concepts of the value of IT – how to define, measure, and communicate the value provided every day.

The entire Summit is virtual and Free, to support everyone struggling through COVID budget impacts. We look forward to having you join the discussion and growing the knowledge in our community.

Have a success story of your own or a problem you want some insights into? Join the discussion at the IT Value Summit.

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The View from Success

When you are up to your elbows in data and models and troubleshooting, it can be hard to focus on the larger arc of your journey. What will actually happen when your consumers are presented with a set of services that are actionable levers, instead of flat IT allocations?

OLD WAY versus NEW WAY written on the white arrows, dilemmas concept.

Join  David van Deusen in his session on Services as Actionable Levers during the IT Value Summit on Tuesday, Sept 8. David took IT for NY State Comptroller’s office from chaos to operational services that drive their budgeting process- saving time and sanity for everyone. This is a not to be missed session and his practical lessons apply to organizations in both the public and private sectors.

Expecting your customers to change their behavior without levers is an act of futility

Be sure to RSVP and grab your seat for this session of the IT Value Summit on Tuesday, Sep 8. This session is just one of a series through the day, all focused at discussing and maturing our concepts of the value of IT – how to define, measure, and communicate the value provided every day.

The entire Summit is virtual and Free, to support everyone struggling through COVID budget impacts. We look forward to having you join the discussion and growing the knowledge in our community.

Have a success story of your own or a problem you want some insights into? Join the discussion at the IT Value Summit.

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The benefits of focus and hard work

Maturing your data and processes to the point of supporting a useful Application Total Cost of Ownership ( AppTCO) is a problem that is shared at organizations around the globe.

The investment is not small, but the benefits can be even bigger.

If you are contemplating or planning to expand your journey to this maturity point, we highly recommend that you join us for a fireside chat with Wyndham Boonzaier, the Total Cost of Owner in the Service & Supplier Management: Enablement Office at absa, one of the largest financial services organizations in the country. We are so pleased that Wyn has agreed to join this discussion from home in South Africa, even though it will be a late call for him.

If you are looking for honest feedback about the real work involved in successfully modeling and managing the data needed for a useful AppTCO, you do not want to miss this discussion.

Wyndham has agreed to be frank and honest about the journey and the real work it takes to put this critical set of models and metrics in place. Come prepared with you hardest questions and hurdles.

Have an AppTCO success story of your own? We are looking forward to having you join the discussion as well.

Be sure to RSVP and grab your seat for this session of the IT Value Summit on Tuesday, Sep 8. This session is just one of a series through the day, all focused at discussing and maturing our concepts of the value of IT – how to define, measure, and communicate the value provided every day.

The entire Summit is virtual and Free, to support everyone struggling through COVID budget impacts. We look forward to having you join the discussion and growing the knowledge in our community.

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Combining Data Governance and Business Analytics for Organizational Results

At MNIT, like many other organizations, labor is a significant portion of the IT Costs. This can create the challenge of knowing if you have positioned those human resources in the right places to bring value to the organization.

Join Cathy Wagner and Callie Martin on Tuesday, Sept 8 during their session at the IT Value Summit to learn the specific actions they took to succeed in this challenge, including projecting into the future. They will share processes and tools and you will get a sneak peek at their resulting dashboard.

Their tools and dashboards resolved a burning issue:

How can we support financial data conversations through-out the year not just at budget time?

Cathy and Callie’s talk is just one of a series through the day, all focused at discussing and maturing our concepts of the value of IT – how to define, measure, and communicate the value provided every day.

The entire Summit is virtual and Free, to support everyone struggling through COVID budget impacts. We look forward to having you join the discussion and growing the knowledge in our community.

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How do you have value conversations if you are just getting started on your journey?

You might have recently figured out your data is a hot mess ( who decided to override your project ID field in the GL, and is the CMDB EVER going to be “ready for prime time”?) but the CIO and the organization outside of IT are still pushing for conversations about value streams and the Value of IT…

Maybe you just started thinking about the TBM Framework, but you do not even have Service Owners assigned yet…

Perhaps you have a great alignment of labor for Activity Based Costing, but now your organization has gone Agile/DevOps and your CIO demands IT Product costs…

Forget just talking dollars and sense this budget season, it seems like you have to explain your entire raison d’etre in order to justify the dollar needed to support the growing business consumption of services and products.

How the heck is an IT Finance or IT Business Management Director supposed to cope?

If any of this resonates with your situation, join us on Tuesday, Sept 8 as part of the IT Value Summit 2020 and learn from Ginger Allen of Guidewell, as she explains how she added value conversations into the Guidewell IT Budgeting conversations and managed to get needed budget increases in years when the organization asked for cuts. Ginger will not only explain how she prepared for these conversations, but will share example slides and graphics she used to drive the conversation forward in spite of still needing to mature her service costing models and IT operational data.

Ginger’s talk is just one of a series through the day, all focused at discussing and maturing our concepts of the value of IT – how to define, measure, and communicate the value provided every day.

The entire Summit is virtual and Free, to support everyone struggling through COVID budget impacts.