Why is TM1 best tool for Allocations ?

[fa icon="calendar"] November 6, 2017 / by Amendra Pratap

Amendra Pratap

How to utilize TM1 Planning Analytics functionality for your Technology Allocations

T1 Allocation Diagram

Allocation Technology and other Service charges back to the departments is typically a difficult exercise for most organisations. There is a large amount of different data sources , data mapping, calculations and reporting capability required. This is just for the actuals – forecasting accurately is usually a bridge too far for most organisations. It does not have to be this difficult!

Why do we need to allocate charges – It largely influences the behavior and ensures that departments incur appropriate level of expense based on their usage. With larger enterprises it also has tax implications when service provider and receiver are in different countries or jurisdictions. (Transfer pricing is high on radar of most governments and the largest of our corporations)

Accurate allocations also provide transparency to both the department heads and the CIO’s on the cost base and its distribution. It is crucial in planning supply and demand of IT services.


5 Levels of Maturity - Where do you stand ?

  1. Level 1- Sub Optimised - No Allocation of Service cost
  2. Level 2 – Rationalised - High-level cost allocation with no direct correlation to service usage; based on relatively arbitrary metrics such as costs as a percentage of revenue or number of employees Level
  3. Level 3 Optimised - Activity based, non-integrated cost allocation for each service function Level
  4. Level 4 Strategic - Fully transparent cost allocations and customer chargeback structure aligned with service portfolio using reliable unit rate rationalization and forecasting
  5. Level 5 Differentiated - Flexible pricing structure optimized for cost reduction with integrated processes and tools

Transforming Cost Allocation for IT Services - KPMG


We have succesfully used TM1 for the following 

  • Application Costing
  • Chargeback applications
  • Cost Transparency
  • Answer Business & IT queries on Costings
  • Singular platform for Actuals and Forecasts
  • Platform that integrates Vendor/projects with other existing IT costs
  • Move away from static rate card mechanism of charging
  • Integrate with GL system to post Journals
  • Integrate with all other IT subsystems to capture usage and costs
  • 360 degree view of cost and its drivers
  • Manage Service Level Agreements
  • Smarter vendor and license management
  • Ability to calculate at any level of granularity

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Amendra Pratap

Written by Amendra Pratap

Amendra was running the Business Intelligence team at Macquarie Bank for 7.5 years before venturing out to start Octane Software Solutions. Octane is a IBM partner in Analytics space.