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Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Assessment

The Office of Financial Management (OFM) has identified and assessed the total cost of common information technology infrastructure and application services used for government business during the fiscal year that concluded June 30, 2011.

Thirty-nine executive departments and offices completed a cost-allocation exercise under (consultant) Gartner’s direction to report what they spent for hardware, software, personnel, transmission, connectivity, disaster recovery and occupancy related to information technology. This enables OFM and directors to look across differently configured agencies at how basic infrastructure services, computing environments and products are exercised by agencies. This study includes a first-time look at their fully-burdened, localized cost to develop and support business applications.

Knowing TCO helps any organization optimize costs. OFM pursued this industry-tested framework, and expenditure baseline to approximate and measure productive change the State is making concerning information technology. Gartner has a deep research basis for IT infrastructure and application assessment modules agencies used. Results are illustrated in the presentation links below. OFM hired Gartner to convey its know-how to analysts as well as business specialists and information technologists working for state government.

Assessment results and supporting material

Assessment framework and guidelines

More about training for agencies’ core teams

Gartner trained agencies’ core teams over three business days in September of 2011. For more information about the kickoff sessions, write to OFM’s first point of contact.

More about office hours post Gartner training

OFM took questions from agencies as they proceed to complete workbooks and forwarded  those to Gartner’s attention when needed. Specific questions were taken up and discussed live with TCO support team that included our Gartner analysts then posted here to guide work by agencies.  Further help with TCO materials is provided by writing to:

First point of contact at OFM

Karen Barrett, Office of the State CIO
Suite 300 General Administration Building
210 11th Avenue SW / Post Office Box 43113
Olympia, Washington 98504-1027