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What can ISG help you measure?

ISG benchmarking services help you track and meet your cost, performance and quality objectives. Our data is unmatched – it comes from detailed engagements with client organizations and providers rather than just from market research.   

The Industry’s Deepest Benchmark Database and Strongest Methodology

We have +15 years' experience helping enterprise clients compare defined services to the market.

We have the data and know-how to help you benchmark cost, quality and productivity across all functional areas of business and IT, including:

  • IT Infrastructure Services
  • Application Services
  • Software/Hardware
  • Telecom/Network
  • Cloud (IaaS)
  • Digital
  • F&A, Procurement, & HR

Find out the right benchmarking services for your needs and strategic objectives.

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Staffing rates, contract pricing and competitiveness



Total cost of ownership (TCO) and industry benchmarks



SLAs, user experience and provider relationships



Price, terms and conditions

ISG Benchmarks Address Your Questions


Are total staffing levels and staffing utilization right for each functional area?

Service Delivery

How do our level of assets compare? Are we providing the right service levels to users?


Are we spending the right amount of money in total, and by major functional area?

Leading Practices

Where are the variances from leading practices?

Performance Gaps

Why and where are there gaps? How do we drive sustainable improvement?

Meaningful Savings

What are the high impact, high ROI changes we can make in the immediate term?

Service Source

Are there services currently provided in-house that should be outsourced, or vice versa?

Intelligent Simplification

What complexity or constraints could be alleviated through automation or simplification?

Price Benchmarking

Outsourcing contracts become uncompetitive over time, but it’s difficult to know when it will happen – or by how much.

Whether you want to benchmark your outsourcing contracts’ price, compare your internal service delivery cost to the market or both, ISG gives you at-a-glance visibility into price competitiveness via a single-pane dashboard, plus access to deep dives into real-time IT industry market price intelligence.

  • Rate Card Assessments: Assesses labor rates found in time and material (T&M) agreements.
  • Market Assessment: Assesses pricing found in outsourcing contracts, typically at the tower level.
  • Contract Benchmark: Benchmarks pricing, performance and quality found in outsourcing contracts at a detailed level.
  • Tripartite Contract Benchmark: Formal benchmark executed by both parties to a contract (client and provider), often as part of the benchmarking clause in master services agreement (MSA).

In addition to the above project based price benchmarking services, you can also monitor the price competitiveness of your contracts in real time using using the ISG Probenchmark® price monitoring service.

Acting on timely, accurate and actionable price data allows enterprises to more quickly respond to changes in market prices and make more strategic decisions regarding their IT services.

Cost Benchmarking

To get a complete picture of your landscape, you need to understand your service quality and personnel productivity, potential efficiencies and gaps, user satisfaction, and how all these elements relate to cost and compare to the market.

We offer a holistic benchmarking solution that gives real-time, online dashboard visibility into the three key components of performance:

  • Understanding where your costs and performance stand today
  • Establishing goals to resolve opportunities
  • Tracking progress on achieving optimization

By comparing your spend, staffing allocations and performance across the enterprise, we help you identify opportunities to improve your financial and operational performance.

TCO Benchmark: Compares your total cost of ownership against industry standards of cost, quality and productivity for a variety of IT products and services.

Industry Benchmark: Compares costs against industry metrics, such as IT spend as a percent of revenue.

Get real-time access to cost benchmarking data with ISG Inform™.

Contract Benchmarking

Build a defense against the risks of fixed-price long-term contracts. Compare your contract price, terms and conditions to the market and know when your contract falls out of favor.

The terms and conditions of your contracts set guidelines of acceptable behavior, but they are evolving entities – and you need to manage that evolution. A commitment to benchmarking your contracts is a commitment to progress and improvement.   

An ISG contract terms and conditions assessment can:

  • Increase savings by reducing contract cycle times
  • Decrease risk by helping you rely on audit trails and accurate benchmarking data
  • Leverage baseline data and peer and industry performance comparisons to improve contract lifecycle management
  • Establish goals for cost reduction, enter new markets and enhance supplier relationships
  • Define new contracts with the latest trends in terms and conditions.   

Performance Benchmarking

KPIs and SLAs are essential for tracking performance in terms of achieving strategic goals and making decisions. In the best of cases, KPIs can serve as an early warning system to let you know when you are heading off course and where action might be needed.

An ISG performance benchmark compares your performance against industry peers and leaders and gives you a cost-effective approach to share, compare, improve, and transform internal functions and processes.


SLA Benchmark

assesses service levels against the market, including both performance levels and structure


Relationship Benchmark

evaluates the health of a relationship between you and your service providers


User Experience Benchmark

measures the impact of technology on users, including customer satisfaction

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