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The first set of offerings from the two companies, available immediately, is aimed at helping IT vendors and consultants accurately quantify the costs, benefits, strategic value and risks of some of their products and services.
These include business process management, customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, managed services, mobile computing, outsourcing, utility-based computing, systems management and Web services.
The tool kits package Hurwitz Group's proprietary ROI research, metrics and white papers with Alinean's ROI Calculator and ROI Analyst software tools.
The partnership with Hurwitz Group represents Alinean's third alliance with an industry research firm. In June, Alinean struck an agreement with Aberdeen Group to create and co-market The Security ROI Selling Toolkit, an interactive system aimed at helping vendors demonstrate the value of IT security projects.
In May, Alinean struck a similar deal with Strategic Research to incorporate their respective software tools and research to help customers calculate and cost-justify the financial returns on storage projects.
Earlier this month, Alinean announced plans to begin selling a comprehensive ROI analysis called ValueIT to make it easier for chief information officers and other IT executives to cost-justify technology investments to senior management.
As part of its partnership with Alinean, Hurwitz Group plans to market and enhance Alinean's ValueIT tool kit for chief information officers, chief financial officers and other IT decision makers in time for the 2003 budget season.