apital planning is a complicated, multifaceted process and it can be messy. For managers and CIOs seeking to simplify it, there are a number of tools available.
TurboBPR lets managers link strategic plans and mission objectives, current costs and performance, and investment alternatives for IT and other projects. Download TurboBPR for free at http://www.dtic.mil/c3i/bprcd.
The General Services Administration's draft business process reengineering readiness assessment helps agencies decide whether they're ready for radical change in business planning. GSA's BPR site is http://www.itpolicy.gsa.gov/bpr/bprtoc.htm.
Paul Strassman has devised a way to calculate economic value added by IT by measuring return on management: the ratio of management value added to management costs. Strassman's Web site is http://www.strassmann.com/.
Kathleen Filbin and Jack Ross, consultants at Chicago Research and Planning Group, examine cost, alignment with business goals and the perceptions of internal and external customers and users to help companies measure IT's value. Contact them at (312) 609-6500.