Top Moments from My First TBM Conference

By TBM Council posted 11-23-2016 14:06


It’s hard to believe that TBM Conference 2016 was almost two weeks ago. This was my first TBM Conference experience, and it is safe to say that this event was unlike any other. The 3.5 days in San Diego was time well spent with 1000+ attendees, an outstanding lineup of speakers, partners contributing to the growing TBM eco-system, and the opportunity for collaboration and professional development among outstanding peers.


Here are my top moments coming out of TBM Conference 2016:


Introducing TBM Taxonomy 2.0 


In May, the TBM Council Board approved the formation of the TBM Council’s Standards Committee. Co-chaired by Board Member, James LaPlaine, CIO for AOL and Apptio’s Rahul Auradkar, the committee is made up of fifteen IT and finance professionals dedicated to the continued development of TBM. The committee met multiple times throughout the last six months with the goal of further developing the TBM Taxonomy and providing an enhanced version with a standard costing model for IT services like public cloud, SaaS applications, compute, and storage. They presented the revised version to the TBM Council Board with suggested updates that were approved and announced to the community at TBM Conference 2016. The latest version provides an amplified, enterprise-wide technology business model, suggested “CIO metrics”, a benchmarking baseline, and insights and feedback from influential IT and Finance leaders. The development and execution of the TBM Taxonomy 2.0 demonstrates firsthand the TBM Council’s mission of empowering its members through collaboration, standardization, and education. 


Want to learn more about the TBM Taxonomy 2.0? Download our overview here.


Honoring the 2016 TBM Council Award Winners


The 2016 TBM Council Awards ceremony honored six outstanding companies and teams for their work with TBM. The 1000 person crowd celebrated each finalist while watching short videos of each of their TBM stories (see the full videos here), laughed along with emcee Tom Murphy of the University of Pennsylvania (also a TBM Council Board Member), and experienced the musical gift of electronic violinist Spags, who wowed with her unique performance. The twelve TBM Council Awards Finalists represented a wide range of TBM practitioners. Some finalists are at the beginning stages of their practice, but have seen immediate, impactful results. Others have a more mature TBM program which influences decision making at the highest levels of their organization. What they all have in common is embracing the role of change agents at their companies by shaping the future of their businesses with TBM. In true TBM Council community engagement style, members of the 2016 Selection Committee, past TBM Award winners, and other industry leaders took the stage to announce this year’s incredible group of finalists and be the first to celebrate the six 2016 winners.

Each finalist had a story to tell and lucky for us, we can continue to learn from this impressive group of twelve finalists well beyond TBM Conference 2016. You can learn more about this year’s winners and finalists by downloading their TBM Council case study and watching their full TBM Council Awards video.


Download TBM Council Awards Case Studies here


Continued Focus on Diverse Leadership


The TBM Council Women’s Leadership Series was established in 2015 as a way for the community to continue the conversation around changing the gender paradigm in the workplace. Sponsored by McKinsey & Company, more than 160 attendees received an executive summary of the 2016 Women in the Workplace Study which found that even though there has been improvement, women still remain underrepresented in the corporate pipeline. The Women’s Leadership Series facilitated an enthusiastic discussion with both women and men around how we can continue to elevate the importance of diverse business technology teams. The series was emceed by TBM Council Executive Director Eileen Wade, and included a keynote by Intel’s Patty Hatter, an interactive panel led by McKinsey’s Irina Starikova, and a best practice session with AOL’s Emily Rittenhouse and James LaPlaine. The energy and honesty in the discussions which took place made it clear that there have been a lot of positive changes throughout the past few years, but there is still more work to be done to insure we are empowering and developing diverse teams and leaders.

The TBM Council is committed to doing its part by keeping these channels of communication open.

TBM Conference 2016 was one for the history books. Do you have a favorite moment from #TBMC16? Let us know by commenting on TBM Connect!


Be on the lookout for continued coverage and highlights from our week in San Diego. Follow the TBM Council on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook for the latest Council updates, membership information, and upcoming events.

Make sure to mark your calendars for TBM Conference 2017, Nov 6-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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