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Reporting Value of IT Services with Balanced Scorecards
A balanced scorecard is a measurement system for management that provides real insight into the status of a business or some part of it. Developed by Kaplan and

technology valuation services  of putting in place technology to retrieve data, convert it to a common format, filter out irrelevant details, aggregate data to form a more meaningful view, display metrics on a digital dashboard, and alert users to potential problems and exceptions. At the end of the day, however, implementing a balanced scorecard boils down to two key tasks: What are the metrics AND how are they retrieved? The caveat, of course, is that strategy is inferred from the metrics and it is known what the strategy is.

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Outsourcing, IT Infrastructure

The IT Infrastructure Outsourcing knowledge base focuses on the selection of companies who provide outsource services in the areas of information technology (IT) infrastructure. The typical types of activities that these providers perform include data center operations; network operations; backup/recovery services, data storage management services; system administration services; end user support of desktop PCs, laptops, and handheld devices; web site, or application hosting, etc.  

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Business Challenges of Services-Oriented Companies

The Need for ERP for Services Software

Conclusion

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Business Challenges of Services-oriented Companies


The services provided by services-based organizations as described above are commonly referred to as professional services. Consequently, the software market segment that caters to such businesses and provides specific application products is known as professional services automation (PSA). Another cluster of software packages is very similar in design—project portfolio management for professional services automation (PPM for PSA). This type of software is intended to support business activities similar to those addressed by PSA; it usually originates from a simpler project portfolio management (PPM) system that is expanded with the addition of billing, time tracking, and other PSAspecific activities. Usually PPM for PSA systems lack or do not offer extensive support for back-office processes—financial management of the entire organization, human resources management, purchasing, and so on—as these systems are more focused on project delivery to clients. ERP for Services software, on the other hand, is a broader type of solution that includes support for both project delivery business procedures and backoffice processes that are not visible to clients but are still essential for running a company.

Because of the project-based and people-oriented nature of services organizations, this business segment requires software applications that are capable of supporting servicesoriented business processes and adequately handling multiple internal challenges that are intrinsic to this industry.



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