The Financial X-ray helps IT departments to benchmark, understand and easily compare overall costs. It's a useful tool to build a business case for changes in IT infrastructure, and create an ongoing mechanism for dialogue between finance and IT departments. It can also provide a means of highlighting the comparative cost of shared and commercial third party services.
BUFDG connected us with several universities interested in gaining a better understanding of their IT costs. Some universities had been offered ‘return on investment calculators’ by their IT suppliers however these tools fail to reflect the position of research and education organisations.