Today’s technology changes quickly and the pace of business is just as fast. Often times, we let our technology practices become routine, which can ultimately leave our business vulnerable to a multitude of issues. Developing an understanding of the technology your company has and how it supports your business is critical to business continuity, sound technological decision making, and project successes. An assessment of the effectiveness of your IT program creates a foundation for future IT project planning. So, how do you know if a Technology Assessment might be what your organization needs? We can give you three reasons why you might want to consider one.
1. Change Driven
Your organization has undergone significant reorganization of its management, has a new CIO, or established a new strategic direction. The impact of organizational priorities on IT is a critical consideration for any organization undergoing change. Business objectives and IT objectives should align in order to deliver reliable and efficient technology solutions to employees, management, and clients. Technology should be leveraged to provide key measurable performance indicators, which are collected to identify the level of maturity of an organization. This data can be used to drive efficiency and measure the services the organization provides to bring value to the market place.
2. Event Driven
Your company has been hit with a budget cut, service disruption, security breach, or failure of an audit. Compliance-related issues are often unexpected and can be a show stopper for companies. When they surface, time matters. It is most critical to identify the issues, analyze them, and address them as quickly as possible. Conducting an evaluation of your technology using a third party is effective. Independent assessors can remain impartial and focused on the IT solutions that will improve the current state of technology for a company.
3. Your Eyes Only
Your company has not assessed its organizational maturity in the past three years. Bringing in an outside vendor to provide a technology assessment can give an organization access to expertise it might not otherwise have. But often companies become overwhelmed with conducting daily business that they fail to remain diligent about keeping service level agreements current and aligning IT objectives to business objectives. When IT becomes irrelevant or obsolete, a company often looks for immediate solutions from their current vendors, who tend to implement their own products. This can cause issues with other technologies used within the company or limit the capability of looking at a holistic solution for the service the technology provides.
A technology assessment provides you with a clear path for improvement and specific actions that can be taken to achieve results. Because an IT assessment provides a foundation for project and program planning, it is important to work with a partner that demonstrates a clear understanding of your organization’s issues and remains objective and constructive.
About Veracity Consulting
Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.
We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Services, Enterprise Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, Security, and Web Services.
About Amy Krohn
Amy Krohn has served as a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years. Her areas of expertise include leading organizations and companies in executive leadership, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, as a mentor, leadership development, organizational change management, delivery management, vendor management, service management, and process improvements. Amy currently serves as Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology.