IT Cost Transparency Results Achieved The buzz word around “IT cost transparency” is a vague notion, and largely misunderstood. Basically, it means seeing what you spend.. So what now? A study done by Nucleus Research found that for every dollar a company invests in business analytics it earns $10.66, that’s a 1066% ROI. So how does cost transparency translate into real ROI results? The ROI of IT Cost Transparency when implemented with an IT expense management solution is manifested in 2 domains. These are: actual savings and process efficiency; both of which can contribute to creating real value to the business on a recurring basis.