"An IT system isn’t just technology for technology’s sake. Technology should help meet specific business goals and provide value."
Any business in today’s market is running on a network of connected computers, servers, printers, and hardware. The network is the backbone of the enterprise and can be a major bottleneck or a superhighway in business applications. An IT assessment will evaluate network, key systems, software and operational infrastructure to make recommendations; to mitigate risks that can bring a business network to a halt, optimisations that can make a business hum and improvements that can facilitate optimised and culturally positive staff. Investing in the latest computers, servers, software or even Cloud technology is a waste of money if it is without insight and foresight.
An IT assessment is a comprehensive and thorough review of a company’s technology systems and environment which will culminate in a written evaluation and recommendations report. The assessment will appraise how the current technology helps or hinders the core business and recommend how to use current and advent technology to meet the business goals and objectives. The assessment can include, but is not limited to, network and systems performance, software audits, concept testing and development, strategic evaluations, technical reviews, risk and continuity management.
IT assessment can ensure that technology is meeting these goals, or provide a blueprint for change; improving the technology and a specific and measurable template for achieving business objectives. It can also ensure that technology and security is in compliance with standards, guidelines and best practices.
Software that is out of compliance or worse yet pirated can cause fines and penalties to a business. An IT assessment will evaluate the existing software for both compliance and supportability and create an audit process for future software. A software audit, as part of an IT assessment, is much more cost effective and preventative than an audit later by a software company.
Security of IP data is key to any business. Proper security measures protect the data from outside hackers. The ability to demonstrate good security is essential for new sales and customer retention. An IT assessment will evaluate organisational data security and make recommendations to close gaps in security and help build a bulletproof technology environment for critical data.
Finally, Business Continuity Planning is a significant asset of any good business plan. In the event of a disaster, the technology and the capacity to continue its operation, ensure day to day business can continue. Proper backup procedures, redundancy systems, and recovery methods must be in place and in practice. An IT assessment can provide a Disaster Recovery plan to ensure that the business continues in the event of anything from a small electrical problem to a major disaster.