IT assessment for companies: what it is and why to do it

The increasing dependence of companies on their technology infrastructure makes it critical to optimize its efficiency, lower its costs and minimize any potential failures. Exponential growth is increasing in parallel with the complexity of systems, which require constant monitoring and optimization of the IT department. In the welter of day-to-day operations, however, it is not always easy for internal IT staff to fully analyze the current situation and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the infrastructure and then work on implementations and improvements.

What is an IT infrastructure assessment?

Given the various operational levels of an enterprise IT infrastructure, it is often recommended to rely on an external partner who can assess the systems in their complexity, providing qualitative and quantitative performance measurements and recommendations for planning corrective activities to improve efficiency, productivity and profitability of the entire infrastructure.

An IT assessment is an overall evaluation of IT infrastructure’s health including servers, storage, network, backup and disaster recovery, resulting in a written assessments and recommendations that will help the internal IT team to make the necessary changes for a continued growth within their digital strategy.

Why is it worthwhile to invest in an IT infrastructure assessment?

Every company, regardless of the size and the industry should plan periodic assessments to have time, resources, and budget to respond effectively with any corrective actions suggested within the reports containing the final assessments.

A deep analysis of company’s IT systems highlights certain issues that, if resolved, would allow an optimization of investments and and increase in productivity thanks to a more accurate use of available resources. In addition, an IT assessment:

  • Identifies issues and weaknesses in the infrastructure
  • Highlights problems related to cybersecurity
  • Map core processes and services highlighting their critical issues
  • Highlights the gap between the current situation and best practices

and proposes targeted interventions to the company to:

  • Improve the entire infrastructure performance
  • Adopt the most appropriate technologies aimed at increasing performance and meeting real needs
  • Adopt a strategic vision on which to organize and prepare future developments

What is the outcome of an IT assessment?

Through two types of reports, an IT assessment aims to provide answers to current infrastructure problems and supports the company in solving them, guiding it through a steady growth:

  • Executive Report: includes a high-level description of the assessment results, focusing on the most critical threats and providing a general overview of the target risk level
  • Technical Report: includes assessment results, each with its own technical details and an action plan that includes suggestions for each problem identified

Whether it is unexpected challenges, recovery from disruptions, compliance challenges, or a strategic choice, an IT assessment will benefit the company by enabling it to achieve concrete goals through the calibrated and specific use of technology.

Francesco Bari

Francesco Bari

Project Manager & Solution Architect

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