About the Council
Who we are
The TBM Council is the preeminent industry organization for technology executives and practitioners. We are a non-profit, open ecosystem dedicated to advancing the TBM discipline through education, collaboration, standards, and best practices.
TBM connects business value to technology investments by giving finance, technology, and business leaders comprehensive visibility, benchmarking, optimization, billing, and planning of their investments regardless of technology stack, delivery, or development model. The TBM Council provides best practices for leaders to leverage so they can react quickly to changing market dynamics and optimize cloud and Agile strategies to deliver on business objectives.
What we do
The Council provides a variety of research, an authoritative TBM book, and multiple course offerings and certifications that prepare, strengthen, and advance members' skills and careers.
We offer peer-to-peer collaboration opportunities through our annual global conference, TBM Conference, our online community TBM Connect, executive summits, industry strategy community meetings, and more.
We develop and evolve the standards of TBM practices through the TBM framework and taxonomy, business-value KPIs, and TBM playbooks. The Standards Committee maintains and governs the taxonomy and industry-specific extensions.
The TBM Council is governed by its board of directors, a group of CIO Executive Directors who drive the mission to speed the collection and creation of standard TBM knowledge, and to share it across the global community. The board meets regularly to further the mission of the Council and to guide the ongoing development of TBM standards, education offerings, and research focuses.
Statement of position on diversity & inclusion
The Technology Business Management Council, a community of over 10,000 business technology and finance professionals, recognizes that diversity of race, gender, age, orientation, religion, identity, disability, military status and experience is essential to the success of our mission. Not only do we continuously strive to be an inclusive community, respectful and appreciative of our members’ diversity, but we also believe diversity and inclusion are good for modern enterprises and the technology teams that enable them.
Therefore, we embrace three tenets of diversity and inclusion:
We will seek diversity of our own membership and leadership, starting with our board of directors and extending to all aspects of what we do. We will increasingly seek members and engagement from other walks of life and intentionally drive collaboration from more diverse groups of people. We will also make TBM-related education, mentorship, jobs and internships available to diverse professionals and college students.
We believe that diversity and inclusion are important components of competitive advantage. Inclusiveness extends beyond traditional diversity demographics such as race, gender, and sexual orientation to other traits such as intro- and extraversion, learning styles, communication styles and more. Effective inclusion practices therefore expand the talent pool, attract and reward different perspectives, enhance collaboration and problem solving, drive additional innovation and align to your customers and their ways of thinking and buying behaviors.
There are specific ways in which technology leaders can and should foster inclusiveness within their own companies. These range from developing talent to enabling those with different perspectives or challenges (e.g., introversion, communication styles, physical disabilities) to preventing discriminatory practices (e.g., through AI and machine learning). Technology leaders are in a unique position to both empower diversity internally and shape their business processes that affect external stakeholders.
We have a lot to learn regarding these three tenets. Today, they are largely aspirational. However, we believe our community can help us learn faster, share the lessons we learn, and begin to put in place best practices that will help the members of our community and the organizations they represent be more successful as well.
Founder and advisor
The TBM Council was born out of Apptio’s biannual TBM Summits—where many CIOs, including members of the founding Board of Directors, expressed the need for an independently governed peer community of TBM practitioners. Founded in 2012 as a nonprofit business entity led by an independent board of business technology leaders, the TBM Council is focused on improving business outcomes by giving technology, finance, and business leaders a consistent way to translate technology investments to business value through Education, Standards, and Collaboration.
As Founder and Technical Advisor* to the TBM Council, Apptio supports Council members and assumes several responsibilities such as:
- Providing expertise on TBM topics based on applied research and development combined with the experience from thousands of TBM software implementations, rollouts, and roadmaps.
- Underwriting a Iarge portion of TBM Council expenses for workgroups and events.
- Promoting TBM Council events to customers, partners, investors, and others.
- Assisting with research that defines business value metrics and KPIs
- Introducing consultancies, technology vendors, and potential partners to the TBM Council community.
- Developing and maintaining TBM Council websites, the community site, and online properties.
- Hosting teleconferences and meetings on important TBM topics.
- Acquiring, analyzing, and leveraging benchmarking data.
*In return for the large contribution of funds, time, expertise, and intellectual property to the TBM Council, Apptio reserves the right to serve as the TBM Council’s exclusive technology advisor.