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    July 15, 2016

    Activity-Based Costing (ABC) Identifies Business Improvement Opportunities

    Markon is helping customers improve their businesses through activity-based costing (ABC).

    ABC is an extended cost allocation methodology that identifies activities associated with a product or service (offerings) and assigns indirect costs to those offerings based on the use of the activity.

    Cost Management - Business Concept. Green Arrow with "Cost Management" Slogan on a Grey Background. 3D Render.By focusing on the activity that drives the cost, ABC attempts to accurately trace the use of resources going into individual products.

    The overall idea of ABC is that management does not manage the costs, but rather they manage the associated activities, and it is through this management of activities that opportunities for improvement are identified.

    Some of these improvements include:

    • A reduction or standardization of offerings by a department
    • The identification of excess enterprise-enabling activities
    • Increase transparency in pricing and financial management
    • Better strategic decision-making

    David Morrison, PMP®, CSM®

    Dave is Chief Delivery Officer of Markon's Civilian market. He provides project management, financial consulting, and IT services to clients across the Intelligence Community. Dave earned an MBA from Georgetown University and a BS in Finance from the University of Delaware.

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