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Swedish government agencies join IT spending benchmarking service

Government agencies in Sweden are using a tool by Apptio to help them gain a better understanding of IT costs

Eight Swedish government agencies are using a tool that allows them to get more out of their $500m annual IT spend. Through software company Apptio’s tool, the organisations can compare their IT spending against a standard model.

The Swedish National Financial Management Authority (ESV), Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan), Enforcement Administration (Kronofogden), National Board of Student Aid (CSN), Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket), Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen), Migration Agency (Migrationsverket) and Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) are now using Apptio’s technology business management (TBM) applications.

By enabling them to compare their spending, the tool will help the agencies understand their costs so they can make better decisions.

The Swedish government agencies will use the Apptio TBM applications to reduce how much they spend on the IT that runs the organisations such as infrastructure and business systems so they have more money to spend on digital initiatives.

The government sector in Sweden has a rich IT industry on its doorstep, including startups with a particular focus on business digitisation, which government agencies could learn from.

“We decided to implement TBM because we needed a full view of our IT investments across our varying business services and projects,” said Stefan Olowsson, CIO at Försäkringskassan.

“The industry has changed over the years and we now have the opportunity to drive more digitalisation and become more efficient. We’re excited to use the insights we see with TBM to help reach our goals.”

Many organisations use spreadsheets to manage IT spend but, with government spending in the spotlight, the Swedish government bodies need to be able to demonstrate that they get value for money.

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