Why Is IT Assessment And Planning Necessary?
How can a company determine if it’s making the best possible decisions? What type of necessary trends are on the horizon and how can they be planned for? Business leaders should get expert reviews before making final decisions about enterprise software and structural projects. Each member of a company has a different perspective, but no single person involved in the company can analyze the whole picture. Sometimes the best way for an organization to prepare for the future is to get an outside opinion.
How Can It Help My Business?
Hiring a third-party IT consultant to assess what a company is doing wrong – and right – can be an investment that can make business leaders better see or question its value. The potential positive outcomes from using an outside organization may be a smart decision in the long run and have a major impact on the growth and success of a company.
How Do I Know When I’ve Found The Right Consultant?
There are some things to keep in mind when selecting an outside source for guidance. Take a look at the experience each candidate has. Seek out a source that has worked with similar organizations and projects. The process can sometimes be comparable to hiring a new employee. However, if the person is someone the organization is familiar with, it may not be necessary to waste time and resources if it’s clear it will be a good fit.
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Comprehensive IT assessment and planning will help you better understand your current state of technology and prepare your organization for future needs and growth
What We Do
At BizTek Connection, our engineers and consultants can help you achieve your business objectives through a comprehensive analysis of your organization from a technology perspective. Once we understand your current and future business needs and goals, we can develop a strategic technology plan to achieve them that aligns with your budget.
A well-designed technology plan can help your organization achieve its mission. Our effective, systematic approach to helping you envision your technology goals, determine your current technology reality, create your technology plan, and prioritize and implement change will help reduce your organization’s technology costs while improving efficiency.
Envision your Organization’s Technology Goals
Because your technology plan will become a detailed, written document that connects your organization’s current use and future needs of technology to achieve your organization’s mission, it is critical to begin this planning activity with your Mission Statement and Services. This Statement will be included in your Technology Plan and will act as your compass when moving forward with Technology.
Assess your Current Technology
The main component of your IT Assessment. We will develop a complete understanding of the technology needs required to meet your organization’s technology goals through completion of your technology inventory, including all hardware and software currently in use throughout your organization.
Assess Internal Practices
We will help you assess your organization’s current internal policies and procedures in the areas of technology training, security and disaster recovery.
Survey Staff Skills
This process will identify which of your staff members may need training, and discover who can act as resources within your organization.
Create your Technology Plan
We will utilize the information gathered during the envisioning and IT assessment process to design a technology plan that will take your organization from its current operating reality to your technology goals. Your technology plan will address the following areas:
- Identify Immediate (Critical) Needs
Your immediate technology needs will be addressed by priority. Critical needs are classified as situations that severely hamper or prevent the execution of activities key to your organization.
- Review Hardware Fault-Tolerance Strategy (Servers and Mission-Critical Workstations and Devices)
By ensuring that all servers and other mission-critical appliances are hardware fault-tolerant, we can significantly minimize downtime and remediation costs when a failure occurs. For example, when properly implemented, server hard disk fault-tolerance can allow the continuity of normal server operation should a hard disk fail.
- Review Data Fault-Tolerance Strategy (Backup, Anti-Virus/Anti-Spam, Anti-Spyware, Critical Updates, Power Conditioning)
Numerous factors have the ability to corrupt your critical data. Viruses, spyware, and other unforeseen causes such as unstable or “dirty” power conditions have all been shown to corrupt systems and data. We will review your current strategies and make recommendations to ensure the integrity of your data, as well as the ability to quickly restore and access data in the event of corruption or disaster.
- Recommend Efficiency Improvements/Cost-Reducing Strategies
As we work to develop your technology plan, we will be able to suggest cost-saving strategies and recommend changes to your current infrastructure that will also result in improved efficiency.
- Prepare End-Of-Life Equipment Upgrade/Replacement Plan
In many cases, replacing aging equipment actually helps reduce your costs. It is more economical to replace aging workstations than to continue to upgrade or maintain them, when actual physical labor costs are recognized, along with the cost of replacement parts.
- Implement a Scheduled Maintenance Program
Scheduled maintenance should be a part of any organization’s technology plan. At a minimum, regular maintenance; when performed properly, will maintain service pack levels and critical updates on all equipment, and ensure that hardware and data fault-tolerance procedures are being properly maintained. A good maintenance program will also include remote network monitoring, providing economical 24x7x365 real-time analysis of all of your critical devices and services.
- Develop a Disaster Recovery Plan
It’s never too early to address disaster recovery. We will help you develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that you can implement immediately, to get your organization up and running as quickly as possible in the event of disaster, service interruption or catastrophic failure to your environment.
- Prioritize Technology Improvements in Phases
We will schedule implementation of your technology plan in phases tailored to meet your organization’s forecasting and budgetary requirements, starting with your highest priorities first.
- Implement Change
We will successfully implement each phase of your technology plan in order for you to achieve your technology goals.
- Evaluate and Revise
Your technology plan will be evaluated and revised throughout each phase of implementation, in order to ensure the successful achievement of your technology goals.