Irvine Technology Corporation’s Nicole McMackin uncovers the true value of an IT assessment and how it can benefit you.
Sometimes a company’s IT issues are obvious: the computers are outdated, the server isn’t adequate, or the staff needs specific training. But in other cases, optimizing an information technology platform to meet the business’ strategic goals isn’t quite so straightforward. This is where an IT assessment becomes valuable. But what is it, what are its benefits and when do you need one?
Those are questions Nicole McMackin, president of Irvine Technology Corporation, a technology solutions firm based in California, and her company set their sights on answering. Those answers may prove useful to IT professionals everywhere.
“An IT assessment is where a company skilled to make assessments comes in, and as an outsider, reviews your existing information technology and services platform,” says McMackin. The assessment team defines efficiencies and cost, and finds areas for improvements in governance and security.
In essence, an IT assessment involves mapping out a company’s current information technology system, and then mapping out the IT system the company should have. An IT assessment team makes recommendations on what can be done with IT at a company in order to align it with the efficiencies the business has in mind.
The assessment encompasses a firm’s software, process, people, servers, and telecom, McMackin says. That review involves looking at the technology and systems in place and the overall cost structure of the IT group, to determine if it’s in line with both current and future company strategy.
But the process also goes beyond that to include an assessment of the company’s staffing picture—and analysis of how it all fits together to support the company’s business goals.
“It goes as in-depth as looking at their current systems, looking at the people and their resumes and how long they’ve been working at that institution,” McMackin says. An assessment team works to determine if the company has the right people in place, in the ideal roles, working with the correct technology. “It becomes a very detailed process,” she says.
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