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SAS® IT Charge Management

Working in concert with SAS IT Resource Management, SAS IT Charge Management provides an enterprise chargeback solution for IT organizations to track, allocate and control costs. It simplifies cost management not only for today’s centralized mainframe infrastructures, but also distributed computing environments that consist of multiple platforms, virtualized IT resources, modular sets of enterprise applications and increasingly diverse user communities.

Benefits

  • Helps IT become transparent.
  • Allows IT to cut costs without harming operational performance or service level commitments.

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Features

  • Enterprisewide solution to chargeback administration and reporting
  • Allocation of IT resources to particular cost centers
  • Application of different charging rates
  • Support for various billing modes: pro-ration, zero-balancing, etc.
  • Full reporting and multidimensional analysis of IT costs and resources
  • Support for various accounting calendars
  • Invoice generation
  • Multi-currency support
  • Fully integrated with SAS IT Resource Management

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" With the SAS technology we can distill all the necessary data for our current and future planning, reporting and charge-back needs. All without having to adapt any of our existing systems."

—Colette Lacrosse

Project Manager

Banque Generale du Luxembourg

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SAS IT Charge Management tracks IT chargeback items and costs by department.



How SAS® Is Different

  • Using SAS IT Resource Management, SAS IT Charge Management provides you with chargeback data from diverse computing environments. With SAS IT Charge Management, the IT organization does not waste time tracking down charges and searching multiple systems to answer your IT cost questions.
  • SAS IT Charge Management supports different accounting methodologies to meet your IT organization’s current and future needs.

Benefits

  • Helps IT become transparent. Business managers are presented with detailed information about their IT resource consumption in order to make intelligent decisions. They are able to forecast demand, make linkages between IT costs and business value, and change consumption patterns if necessary.
  • Allows IT to cut costs without harming operational performance or service level commitments. You can also use IT data to identify opportunities for cost reduction and process improvement.

Features

Enterprisewide solution to chargeback administration and reporting
  • Central administration of charges across all IT resources.
Allocation of IT resources to particular cost centers
  • Reliable-allows accuracy in reporting usage of the organization's valuable IT resources.
  • Rational-uses transparent rules to apply rates to usage.
  • Repeatable-allows recalculation and tracing for audits.
Application of different charging rates
  • Provides for equality in usage of different levels of devices and services.
  • Allows for IT resource use data to be "suspended" for manual assignment to allow for prorating, discounts or surcharges.
Support for various billing modes: pro-ration, zero-balancing, etc.
  • Can be customized to particular organizational needs:
    • Cost recovery.
    • Profit maximization.
    • Behavior modification.
Full reporting and multidimensional analysis of IT costs and resources
  • Provides methods for auditing and managing their usage of IT resources.
  • Allows for annual budget amounts for individual IT resource charge items to be specified.
Support for various accounting calendars
  • Calculates end of day, end of month and end of year values necessary for charge back activities.
  • Fiscal year.
  • Accounting year.
  • Calendar year.
  • Other.
Invoice generation
  • Allows for data consolidation and summarization to occur based on an invoice period end.
  • Supports daily data processing.
  • Allows for the generation of drill down reports for exploring different dimensions of the charge data.
Multi-currency support
  • Supports invoicing in the organization's native denomination.
Fully integrated with SAS IT Resource Management
  • Bases cost analysis on resource usage metrics warehoused in SAS IT Resource Management.
  • Coordinates charge and performance management information in one performance data warehouse.

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SAS IT Charge Management tracks IT chargeback items and costs by department.

With the ability to track IT chargeback items and costs by department (or business unit), IT can help the entire organization better manage costs, as well as learn more about IT consumption patterns to increase efficiency enterprisewide.

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System Requirements

SAS IT Charge Management Server
  • AIX: Release 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 on POWER
  • HP-UX PA-RISC: Release 11i Version 1, 2 and 3
  • HP-UX Itanium: Release 11i Version 1, 2 and 3
  • Linux for Intel (x86-32): Red Hat Linux 8.0, RHAS 2.1, RHEL 3.0 and 4.0, SuSE SLES 8 and 9
  • Solaris on SPARC: Version 8, 9, 10 on SPARC
  • Windows (x86-32): Windows NT 4 Server, Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003
  • Windows (on Itanium): Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based systems
  • z/OS, Version 1 and higher
SAS IT Charge Management Client
  • Windows (x86-32): Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6
SAS IT Charge Management Required Software

SAS IT Resource Management 2.7 is required for SAS IT Charge Management 2.4.

The SAS IT Charge Management software runs on a Windows PC or UNIX workstation and uses JConnect software to communicate with SAS IT Resource Management 2.7 software. JConnect requires a connection to the server via either Telnet or a SAS/Connect Spawner that is running on the server listening for client connections.

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