Conclusions: Due to a lack of transparency in the relationship between the demand for IT services and the cost of service delivery, most IT departments find themselves constantly justifying their IT budget to the CFO while simultaneously fighting with business units about additional demand for services. The major source of this dysfunction is the typical IT cost allocation, e.g., overhead or chargeback based on technical measures, which do not create the sufficient transparency to show the real cost drivers and incents undesirable behaviours.

Leading IT organisations are resolving this by recreating IT as an internal service provider with a formal IT Services Catalogue. This makes clear the relationship between demand and cost and uses economic incentives to drive the desired behaviours. It also has the benefit of aligning the service delivery expectations of the business unit and the IT organisation, thus reducing frustration.

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