Cnet: Using software to measure software buys

My spin:I wish there were some nice tools like this for smaller businesses. But then again would smaller businesses even have the time to run such a tool…?
With every potential information technology purchase now under intense scrutiny, a few software vendors are working to help chief information officers look before they leap into big expenses. Orlando, Fla.-based Alinean recently shipped ValueIT, a “return on investment” (ROI) toolkit. The software lets CIOs evaluate IT projects based on risk and potential return and set benchmarks to evaluate pending projects.
Not to be outdone, research company Gartner got into the act earlier this month with software that measures ROI, and uses what Gartner calls “a Swiss Army knife of methodology tools” to forecast the success of IT projects.
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