CostLens for Cost Take-out

Deeper cost takeout analysis at speed to make cost savings stick

Cost Takeout

Why deeper cost analysis matters?

After several cycles of cost takeout initiatives, many Enterprise Technology Departments have already made the easy cuts; now they need to wrestle with difficult trade-offs among cost, service quality, risk, and strategic investments.

While in some cases, savings can be found by trimming the hedges using traditional top-down techniques – the repeated use of this technique typically yields low-single digit % savings.

Bottom-up approaches generate a suite of advanced metrics such as TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), fully loaded costs, unit costs, etc - metrics that link the supply and demand side economics of the Technology costbase.

However, bottom-up approaches can be difficult, flawed and take time, if undertaken on spreadsheets.

the challenges it solves

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

Concerns of uncontrollable IT spend
Lack of understanding of largest portion of costbase
Lack of confidence in Technology investments
Lack of understanding of IT value
Lack of stakeholder support for the
IT Strategy
Unable to build compelling business cases
Unable to make
cost savings stick
Difficulty in convincing IT Operating Model

CostLens automates deeper cost analysis, at scale

much like a microscope CostLens generates multiple perspectives of your costbase

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

Supply and Demand economics

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

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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 is the only tool that models the end-to-end impact of your Cost Transformation initiatives

Generates advanced metrics to fully inform your Strategy

Aggregation , classification & modelling of Technology costs to industry standards.

This creates a deeper understanding of your Current State Cost Analysis.

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Demonstrates benefits of proposed cost initiatives to all Business Units

Express your Target State in clear financial terms by articulating where exactly the cost reductions would arise from despite other cost uplifts (eg: inflationary).

Also, express the downstream impact of the Target State in multiple perspectives to gain stakeholder support.

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

Evaluate CostLens tailored to your role

for CIOs
for CIOs & Technology teams

seeking to control costs and demonstrate value

for CFOs
for CFOs & Finance teams

seeking automation of Cost Reports & Cost Modelling

for Strategy Consultants

seeking advance Cost Insights at speed

for ITSM Experts
for ITSM Experts

seeking to extend the value beyond Operations

or based on the function

Cost Transparency

Cost Transparency

of complex, digital, hybrid, multi-cloud cost structures


Showback & Chargeback

of shared, intangible costs

Cost Takeout

Cost Take-out

of complex, structural costs at speed

from the Amalytics Software Thought Leadership content

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Expose the right levers to optimise your Technology costs

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