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Bottom-up automated cost analysis of IT estates at speed to build momentum, confidence, and profitability

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According to the reputed Consultants, Bain Research, the success record of Technology Cost Programs is poor

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of companies have run Technology Cost Programs recently

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of companies didn't achieve their cost targets

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missed targets by more than 50%. Exited costs creeped

In an era of high interest rates, talent constraints, and complex emerging Tech (eg AI) – Consultants need to do more to convince clients in adopting Digital Transformation initiatives

Traditional top-down, excel based techniques aren’t adept at handling the complexity of modern enterprises - especially within the typical 8-12weeks project cycle.

Layers of an IT Cost Model

The current process to Technology Cost Analysis is manual and error-prone

"Excel-magic" has its limitations.

Impacts speed & agility to emerging dynamic events
limits insights to simple top-down cost metrics
The challenges with Excel for Cost Modelling
Opaqueness of OpEx

Lack of clear understanding of Technology spend

There are significant operational limitations with bottom-up, granular cost data and cost levers - all of which impacts the granularity, transparency and level of benchmark insights that can be generated

Difficulty in painting the financial picture of your proposed Target & Interim states

Ease of scenario modelling ensures you are able to easily and quickly model various scenarios, compare any two of them to demonstrate

lack of BU/Product profitability
Layers of an IT Cost Model

Nervous of adopting emerging Technology such as AI

Typical capital investments are made using manual computations on a case-by-case basis using spreadsheets. The complexity of emerging technology with its complex architectures necessiates a standards-based Cost Model that can convince skeptical clients of the associated benefits

Post-merger use-case
Cost Takeout use-case
Shared Services use-case
Cost Transparency use-case
Emerging Technology adoption use-case
Digital Transformation use-case

Strategy Consultants handle diverse projects with a common theme: “Advanced Current State Cost Analysis & Scenario Modelling for potential Target States”

With Technology becoming ever more complex, Cost analysis and associated modelling requires a lot more sophistication than what Excel proffers

CostLens automates bottum-up cost analysis, at scale

much like a microscope CostLens generates multiple perspectives of your costbase

CostLens generates advanced metrics for market-leading cost analysis approaches

It enables Consultants to take a triangulation basis to Cost Analysis by delivering automated cost analysis in multiple perspectives

Target-setting approach

aka Benchmark-driven approach that matches competitor or aim for best-in-class

Strategy-backed approach

aka fit-for-growth approach that reduces the 'bad' and protects the 'good'

  • Cost of Functional Capabilities with associated breakdown breakdown

  • TCO of Service Capabilities with associated breakdown

  • Fully loaded cost of servicing Corporate Functions & Products

  • Benchmarks

  • Unit Costs

  • Breakdown by Cost Pools aka Assets

  • Breakdown by Cost Categories

  • TCO of Services

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CostLens surfaces 'WHY' particular cost areas are high by analysing multiple perspectives to determine root-cause




Macro-level benchmarks

Compares your organisation vs others in the sector in terms of high-level metrics such ads IT Opex as % of overall Opex, IT Spend per employee, Opex vs Capex split, etc


Operating Model

Operating Model

Operating Model benchmarks

Compares your current Operating Model vs others in relation to key cateogries such as Personnel, Outsourcing, Hardware, Software, etc




Tower-level Benchmarks

Compares your current Functional Towers vs others in relation to key categories such as Infrastructure, End User Computing, IT Security, Service Desk, etc




Infrastructure Benchmarks

Facilitates a deeper level of drill-down of your infrastructure into the key sub-categories such as Compute, Database, Datacentre, Middleware, Storage, etc


Unit Cost economics

Unit cost economics

Unit Cost Benchmarks

Compares key spend areas to identify cost efficiency metrics such as cost per ticket, cost per Windows instance, cost per TB of storage, etc


Productivity metrics

Productivity metrics

Productivity Benchmarks

Focuses on productivity metrics such as workload supported per Service Desk FTE, no. of Windows servers supported by FTE, etc


Corporate Support Functions

Corporate Support Functions

Corporate Functions TCOs

Focuses on the cost of supporting the Corporate Functions vs peers. Examples include TCO of supporting Finance, HR, applications etc


Business Unit demand

Business Unit demand

Business Unit Benchmarks

This benchmark splits the cost in line with front-office BUs such as Asset Management and Wealth; and considers the cost of supporting the size of the business in line with Business metrics such as AUM, No. of Policies, IT Cost-Income ratio, etc

CostLens brings your Strategy to life

Automation of cost insights that drives cost accountability across the organisation

The TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) of Services drives accountability with Service Owners.

Similarly, the fully loaded costs of Functional Groups drives accountability with Heads of shared Infrastructure Leads such as database lead, Server lead, etc

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Ease of Scenario Modelling to model your Interim & Target States

Not only can you compare any two periods; but you can also express this variance in terms of familiar financial ledger dimensions such as cost-centre, legal entities, etc. Additionally, you can express this variance in terms familiar to your audience.

Automated Variance diagrams
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A pre-built Cost modelling engine aligned to industry-standards

An out-of-the-box engine with pre-defined cost algorithms that understands the cost domain - so simply uploaded your data and the system will do the rest.

Cost Domain model
Supply and Demand economics

If you are interested in expressing your costs in terms of Supply and Demand economics, talk to us

choose a convenient time-slot between multiple meeting formats

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CostLens brings the power of big-data analytics to deliver huge benefits

Generates advanced metrics of complex cost structures

such as Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), Unit Costs of Infrastructure

Consumption-based billing

drives changes to behaviour

typical cost challenges

~ 80%

typical reductions in manual effort when compared to Excel

Articulate business-led demand

Consumption-driven cost increases drives accountability

typical cost challenges

Offers transparency of opaque costs

Technology costs expressed in terms the business understands

Manage Technical Debt

Create granular transparency tied to financial value

Surface true BU/ Product profitability

improved product investment decisions

indirect benefits

Transparency offers a sense of control

Often shared, indirect costs such as Technology can drive a sense of frustration that can be resolved through transparency

confidence in investment decisions

Improve confidence in investment decisions

Generate accurate metrics for robust, reliable decisions such as TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), Fully loaded costs, Unit Costs

indirect costs

Improves agility

Speed of decision-making is critical in the current age of hyper-turbulence driven by macroeconomic and geopolitical headwinds

Indirect costs

Enables Cost Optimisation

Availability of advanced metrics and benchmarks offers multiple perspectives to understand what cost components are driving costs

Demonstrates the value of shared costs

Shift the conversation from cost to value delivered by demonstrating the value of Services delivered

Indirect costs

Lower structural costs by 15% - 20%

Structural costs are harder to exit due to how deeply engrained they are

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Expose the right levers to optimise your Technology costs

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