By ET Bureau - October 19, 2022 3 Mins Read
Jellyfish, the leading Engineering Management Platform (EMP), today announced the launch of a new R&D cost reporting tool for financial and engineering leaders to easily report on the capital costs of engineering effort in a highly accurate and auditable way. The company’s newest offering, Jellyfish DevFinOps, builds upon Jellyfish’s data model to help existing and new customers categorize and capitalize software development costs and even improve profitability over time.
The Cost Capitalization Conundrum
As digital experiences increasingly drive new revenue streams for many businesses, software development costs can be treated as capitalizable investments, and can be categorized as depreciable assets on a company’s balance sheet. Roughly 57 percent of publicly traded software companies in the U.S. capitalize some percentage of their R&D spend, and consequently reap financial benefits, including increased profitability and tax advantages. Startups with significant R&D costs also benefit as they could attract more investor capital needed to improve valuations.
Until today, engineering leaders were challenged by the task of calculating and categorizing R&D costs in order to capitalize them. This is because these efforts can be extremely time and labor intensive, as well as inconsistent and inaccurate, often requiring manual time tracking and even guesswork by engineers and managers. Leveraging Jellyfish DevFinOps for R&D cost reporting streamlines the process to provide an auditable measurement of the amount of engineering effort spent on capitalizable projects.
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“As software increasingly drives growth across industries, companies are investing key capital and time resources in engineering labor, not just tangible assets,” said Andrew Lau, CEO of Jellyfish. “With Jellyfish’s R&D cost reporting solution, finance and engineering leaders can easily report on the capital costs of product development in a precise and auditable way. Jellyfish offers visibility into the real financial impact of an engineering team’s work, empowering growing tech companies to drive revenue, increase valuations, and attract investment.”
Automated and Defensible R&D Capitalization Reporting Is Here
Managing R&D cost reporting with Jellyfish allows engineering leaders to work closely with finance teams to create auditable reports on engineering efforts. Using Jellyfish’s patented Allocations data model, the new tool reduces time spent by engineers and accountants on manual compilations of time sheets and other tracking tools, dramatically simplifying data capture, collation, classification, and reporting processes.
Jellyfish DevFinOps accomplishes this by:
Customers Find Real Value in Cost Capitalization
Customers, including Integral Ad Science, Optimizely, and ZoomInfo, are utilizing Jellyfish for R&D cost reporting, automating many tasks associated with the capitalization of R&D costs.
The platform covers e entire enterprise technology space- including emerging technologies like RPA, AI, cloud, automation, and the entire gamut of digital transformation tools, strategies and management decisions.
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