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Realizing ROI on IT

8 Industry Veterans share their Views
Calculating ROI (Return on Investment) on IT is no longer optional; it is rapidly becoming a requirement prior to any capital investment in IT. In the recent Network Magazine-ORG-MARG survey (Infrastructure Strategies 2002), 34 percent of the IT Heads said they consider ROI as an important decision-making parameter for an IT investment.

Banking on an ROI model
Measurement of technology ROI in an organization depends on the type of investment one has made and should be looked at on a case-to-case basis. There are some complex financial models that allows you to calculate the ROI.

Putting structure to processes
Calculating ROI is an inevitable function in today's low-growth business environment. There isn't any structured tool to calculate ROI. A cautious approach before deploying a project and awareness of common mistakes will put some structure in the ROI process.

A mixed bag of returns
Although the process of calculating ROI on technology investment is important, it depends on a mixed bag of situations and conditions.

ROI: Reality or illusion?
An ROI exercise is useful but the figures achieved are tentative. The returns may be judged in terms of quantity and quality.

A take-off on ROI
IT has crossed the line of being an enabling tool and has interwoven with business processes to become a part of an airline's life. In such a situation, it's a difficult challenge to measure ROI on IT expenditure.

The elusive ROI
There are myriad of mathematical models like NPV and IRR to calculate returns but they may not give you a true picture of ROI. In cases like ERP, SCM, and CRM projects ROI is an elusive element.

Steering ROI in the right direction
In the current state of economy every investment has to pass through a financial 'gate' which allows only justifiable investments to pass unhindered. A smart IT Head will think ahead and figure out means to justify the essential IT projects that are necessary for the organization.

ROI on IT-Not much quantity
Although it's natural for the higher management to ask for ROI on IT investments, it is difficult to set a quantitative value to it. On the other hand, the qualitative benefits that are difficult to put on paper, are very high.
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