We often hear about organizations who call in a consulting firm or an outside expert to perform an “IT Assessment”, where the target audience is generally the CEO, President, or Board of Directors. In addition to checking the temperature of an organization’s IT operations and overall soundness, technology assessments are an important component of due diligence in mergers and acquisitions.
So, what does a “good” IT assessment consist of?
In my experience, a solid IT assessment results in:
An examination of
Vendor contracts - are they favorable or unfavorable?
Cost trends and capital improvement plans
Licensing and ownership of components
Investments needed to grow the business
Business continuity plans
Opportunities for growth and/or improvement
Of course, organizational culture also plays a significant role in an IT assessment. For example, whether the current IT organizational model in place is a “fit” for the type of company that it supports. Whether the IT staff are engaged with the mission and vision of the organization. And, perhaps most importantly, whether there is a meaningful and effective governance model in place to fully capitalize on the strategic benefits of technology.
If you’re struggling with an IT assessment, and need a clear roadmap to help your organization advance, contact me for further information and assistance.