The MBA Guide to IT

Episode 42 - What does an IT assessment do?

Audits and assessments are very different things.  What does an IT assessment do?

Yesterday, we talked about how audits measure you against a specific standard.  They verify the claims you make to the rest of the world.

They don’t tell you how to run your business.  And they especially don’t define your IT roadmap.  That’s where an IT assessment comes in.

IT assessments are internal and more comprehensive.  They can help you get ready for an audit and can do so much more.

Let’s say you’re trying to decide how to improve efficiency, or you’re wondering if the cloud might be safer or cheaper than what you’re doing today.  That’s out of scope for an audit.  That’s where an IT assessment comes in.

IT assessments involve consultants and that’s sort of dirty word.  In Henry VI, when they talk about killing all the lawyers as part of their takeover, they probably could have said consultants too.  See, they still teach Shakespeare at SEC schools.

If you’re a business manager, you’re probably expert at understanding your customers and your operations.  You can be forgiven for not be an expert on the technology that gets you there.  A good IT assessment can align your IT investment with your business objectives.  You spend a little bit of money to make sure you spend a lot of money the right way.

Tomorrow, we talk about what an IT assessment should cover.

I’m Carter Edmonds with 20CREEK.  We help you build IT you’ll brag about.

Episode #42 – 2/6/2019

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