Have you ever performed a full information technology audit of your business? Doing a deep dive into your IT infrastructure can be a fantastic way to understand your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Technology is ever-evolving and companies that stay on top of these changes are likely to be more cost and process efficient, as well as being likely to have better cyber security and resilience.
Here are some questions you may ask to decide whether or not it is time to perform an IT audit:
1 Have we ever done an audit before?
This one is an obvious question, but if you’ve never taken the time to look at the full technical infrastructure in place at your company, then how can you know where you stand, where the risks are, and what tech opportunities exist to increase your business efficiencies?
Mapping out your current tech set-up, including hardware and software, from phone systems to website hosting, ERP to database hosting, this can be a very useful exercise.
Our tip? Look for vulnerabilities first – what are your biggest cyber security risks? What is the worst-case scenario and what are your contingencies if the worst was to happen? Think of database back-ups, cloud software and VoIP versus PBX phone systems as examples where you might reduce vulnerability in your organisation.
2 What tech advances have we taken advantage of in the last 3 years?
As stated before, technology evolves at such a pace it is hugely important that businesses take stock and have an eye on the present and the future to ensure they’re not left behind. In reality your business should already be taking advantages of such technologies as cloud-based applications such as Microsoft Office 365, IP calling, and connected enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
These technologies typically can create massive efficiencies with your workforce, enabling the tools to have employees work smarter. They can also save you serious money when you take advantage of cloud systems versus more traditional “hard install” systems such as phone lines and enterprise software.
3 Are we safe and secure?
Cyber security remains a hot topic and unfortunately no business is invincible against a hacking attack or disaster. Data is a valuable commodity and could be considered the lifeblood of your organisation – think financial, marketing, customer, and HR records all held electronically. The types of questions that you should ask include –
- Where is our data held?
- What is our data retention policy?
- What is our back-up and recovery plan?
- Who is keeping an eye on our infrastructure?
- Who is on call if our systems fail in an evening or weekend?
Of course, these questions are intended to open discussions with your business and assist in towards the first steps in having a solid foundation for a forward-thinking and efficient IT strategy that delivers value in terms of workforce output and cost savings.
Not sure where to start with your IT audit? Dynamic Edge have assisted hundreds of clients with the delivery of market-leading IT strategies. Contact us today to find out how we can help: https://www.dynamicedge.com/contact-us/