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Operating Expense to Equity Value

IT Financial Management

Harrison Zipkin, our Director of VC/M&A,recently attended the IT Financial Management Association’s (ITFMA) Financial World of IT Conference in Chicago.

We've been to the conference several times now, and it's so interesting (and satisfying!) to connect with executives who truly care about the value of IT and the effect that software can have on the bottom line.

The conference is considered a must-attend event for those interested in improving their IT financial management capabilities. To that end, Harrison's presentation focused on software in terms of mergers & acquisitions.

He discussed how to use software asset due diligence and IT management techniques to increase software value, prevent unexpected capital expense requests and preserve exit strategy opportunities at higher valuations.

Learn how to evaluate and execute the IT-related aspects of an M&A - download his presentation here

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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.

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IT Cost Management: Out of the Ivory Tower and into the Fire!

IVI

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

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- Mike Harris, DCG Owner

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