Showing IT budget as a percentage of revenue helps show IT and cyber threats and solutions in a business context, and more importantly, in a setting and language of the board level. This makes it easier to understand the value of IT operations and how they benefit or affect the bottom line.
When the board understands the role of IT operations in the overall revenue stream, it is more likely you will get your IT budget approved. But how can you go about showing the budget like this?
IT budget approvals require some cold hard figures for things that are not easily quantified, such as various risks. While the IT department can deal with low, medium, and high risks, these don’t make much sense to the board.
You will need several sets of data points before you can get financial figures.
With all the risks determined and solutions chosen, you can now use Boardish to help you quantify the threats and risks. With Boardish, you can also put numbers on the cost of the solution and present it as an average IT budget percentage of revenue.
This way, the board can see that the IT spending is a much smaller chunk than paying the aftermath of a threat that wasn’t covered well.
It’s a very straightforward process that doesn’t require any type of implementation into your systems or access to your data centres. It works independently – all you do is input the data it needs to give you the figures you’re after. You will need:
You’ll need to input things like the name of your company, number of employees, country, currency, and annual turnover rates.
As for employees, you will give detailed figures based on how much they rely on technology. Finally, you’ll need to give some salary information, including average salary for different categories.
Add all the threats that you wish to showcase. During IT budget approvals, presenting the impact of threats is what matters most.
In this step, you will input how high the risk is, how many turnover days and sales you expect, and how it affects employees.
Next, you’ll add the cost of the solution (either as a one-time payment and/or cost per year). You’ll be able to quantify full solution costs including experts at every stage later in the process.
How successful your solutions are in handling the threats and one of the unique elements to Boardish. Usually, you can get the factor from your initial risk assessment, or your own experience. It’s completely manual in Boardish because somethings, like risk, shouldn’t be left to AI. You can quantify effectiveness in both the cloud and on-prem.
Here you can put in all the costs associated with implementing solutions and dealing with threats. You can put in hourly rates and the number of hours you expect your IT team will need for it.
Finally, you can add the risk of additional fines for breaching important security regulations such as GDPR.
Boardish will use all of the above data points and turn them into a financial figure that you can present as a percentage of revenue to help get IT budget approvals.
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So you can show it as a percentage of revenue.