Software Solution Benchmarks IT Spending

Compiled By Traci Purdum IT spending averages $10,280 per employee, according to Orlando-based Alinean LLC, a provider of IT benchmarking products including ValueIT 2.5, an ROI and IT budget analysis tool kit that offers competitive metrics of more than 20,000 public companies in 400 industries spanning 40 countries. To help companies perform benchmarks, Alinean's ValueIT 2.5 offers a Peer Comparison tool that analyzes how much competitors are investing in IT, how the investments are driving corporate performance and a detailed total cost of ownership assessment. The software also includes a three-year trend analysis feature that will be updated monthly. The tool kit includes templates to help analyze the costs and value of projects such as customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, storage management and others. "You have to know where you stand before you can know what to invest in, and need clear benchmarks on whether you're getting ahead -- or falling behind," suggests Tom Pisello, Alinean president and CEO. To preview the Peer Comparison tool, visit

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