|IT Audit and Assessment|
When you need to be sure.
Are you sure that your IT investments are working at peak efficiency? That they are secure? That they are compliant with the relevant regulatory requirements?
Most important, are your sure that they are providing value to your company's stakeholders?
Audits and assessments are employed to measure an existing set of IT or business processes against an agreed-upon best practices framework, such as RUP, CMMI, ISO, ITIL, SOX, and so on. The result is usually a measurement of compliance with the framework, a set of 'gaps' that should be filled, and recommended steps to take to address the gaps. Because of this comparison of current, actual processes against best practices, the assessment process educates the team on these best practices, providing the foundation for process improvement.
Assessments analyze how an organization works by providing a snapshot of the way things actually work at that point in time. This often can be at odds with how team members think things work or how things ought to work. Because of this, many organizations are afraid of assessments, and only engage in them when projects are in trouble or an external mandate requires it. The reality is that assessments are powerful tools for organizational improvement, and should be considered as more like check-ups, such as taking the car to the mechanic or going to the doctor.
Assessments can also be very beneficial to teams that have already started substantive process improvement. These teams have already acknowledged the benefits of process improvements and have made strides toward adoption. The gaps identified by assessments for these teams will therefore be different than those identified for teams new to process improvement or projects in trouble. But the ROI for filling them will often be just as great or greater, and because the teams have gone through the steps to improve process, the recommendations can be easier to adopt.
SDG's IT Audit and Assessment service gives you peace of mind by answering all these questions.
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