Alinean and IDC Launch First IT Value Certification Course to Drive Credible ROI and TCO Analysis

ORLANDO, FL and FRAMINGHAM, MA – February 14, 2005 – IDC and Alinean today introduced the first certification course created to help IT executives and business professionals measure the business value of current and proposed technology solutions. The ValueExpert(TM) IT Value-Chain Management (ITVM) Certification Course helps executives determine when, whether, and how much to spend on IT based on highly credible ROI and TCO analysis of IT initiatives.

The course combines the expertise of one of the world's leading market research firms, IDC, with the industry's top independent ROI software and consultancy firm, Alinean, to deliver actionable information on how to establish an effective ITVM program to measure and communicate the business value of IT investments.

The certification program will be held monthly in Orlando, New York and Boston. The full schedule is available at http://www.alinean.com/ValueExpertforCIO.asp.

Demanding Business Value from IT

The failure of more than $1 trillion of IT projects to deliver promised value over the past four years has more than 90 percent of corporate leaders demanding multidimensional measurement of IT initiatives. Yet fewer than 10 percent of companies have the budgeting and planning experience or decision support tools to address this critical corporate issue, according to Alinean and IDC research.

"CIOs and other IT executives have a huge opportunity to demonstrate their value within an organization, at a time when the overall benefits of IT are constantly being challenged," said Bill Johnston, ITVM Practice Leader and president of Alinean, who has been helping global businesses effectively measure the return on technology investments for more than 20 years. "Our ITVM course provides the knowledge and tools executives need to create alignment and ensure IT investments result in significant bottom-line value."

The IT Value-Chain Management certification program cross trains technology professionals in financial measurement, and business professionals in technology benefits — and provides the required skills to immediately improve the ongoing strategic and tactical benefits from their IT investments. Graduates will learn how to assign accountability throughout the entire organization, and within vendor relationships, deliver maximum business value from every IT investment.

"Many IT executives still aren't able to hold vendors accountable for ensuring that their technology solutions deliver the promised ROI," said Randy Perry, IDC's Business Value Strategy practice leader. "This course will teach decision-makers how to effectively quantify, communicate, and measure the actual business value derived from technology investments."

Alinean's president, Bill Johnston, and IDC team up to conduct each hands- on learning session. The course addresses how to:

* implement and benefit from IT business value measurement

* identify innovative IT investment opportunities, and strategically align them

* create credible ROI and TCO analyses

* measure and communicate the business value of IT investments pre- and post-implementation

ASP Access to Alinean's Tools to Drive ROI and TCO Analysis

As part of the certification, participants receive free complementary access to the ASP version of Alinean's EnterpriseROI(TM) IT Value Measurement suite, which includes valuable reference guides and several hundred IT Value Measurement models to facilitate the application of the course's methodology. Attendees also earn IDC|Alinean Certified ValueExpert (CVE) accreditation.

About Alinean

Alinean develops software tools to prove and improve the value of IT investments. The company's founding team pioneered the concept of interactive ROI and TCO software in 1994, developing award-winning solutions for leading IT vendors and consultants. Its research methodologies and software tools are used by analyst firms, vendors and enterprises, and have helped justify billions of dollars in IT spending and derived value. For more information, visit http://www.alinean.com or call 407.382.0005. To sign up for a course, call extension 302 or e-mail training@alinean.com.

About IDC

IDC is the premier global market intelligence and advisory firm in the information technology and telecommunications industries. We analyze and predict technology trends so that our clients can make strategic, fact-based decisions on IT purchases and business strategy. Over 700 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide local expertise and insights on technology markets. Business executives and IT managers have relied for 40 years on our advice to make decisions that contribute to the success of their organizations.

IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. Additional information can be found at http://www.idc.com.

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