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IT Assessments2021-01-19T20:58:27-06:00

Information Technology is complex, comprising multiple disciplines which require a variety of skill-sets to achieve success.

Overseeing IT can be a daunting task for business leaders who have limited time and limited expertise in one or more of the functional areas involved:

  • Infrastructure
  • Networks
  • Telecom
  • Data Centers
  • Cloud
  • Help Desks
  • Laptops, Desktops
  • Mobile Devices
  • Websites
  • Information Security
  • Licensed Software
  • Custom Software
  • Databases
  • Reports, Dashboards
  • Data science

There are many reasons an outside assessment can be helpful for business leaders trying to understand their IT platform and department:

  • Root-cause analysis of recent failures, a breach, etc.
  • Budget preparation – “what the CIO should be proposing”
  • Budget proposal review – “where the CEO should push back”
  • Transition preparation
  • Vulnerabilities analysis
  • IT assessment of tools and skill-sets in use
  • Insourcing/Outsourcing analysis
  • Pre-Merger/Acquisition IT due diligence
  • Software Buy vs. Build analysis

Assessing an IT department can be a critical early step in a revamp of an organization’s IT strategy

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Our approach to Assessing IT goes far beyond simply talking to the staff in IT.  Actually, in our experience the business often has a clearer view of the effectiveness of IT than the group itself may have.  (Read our post on Why we Check with the Business FIRST when assessing IT departments…)

Providing IT Assessments is one of Innovation Vista’s core service offerings.  Please contact us if you’d like to start a conversation about how we can help you understand what you have today in your IT group, as a first step of determining where you want to take it.

Below see some of our recent Thought Leadership on IT Assessments:

Not All Brainstorms are Created Equal

Wikipedia gives this summary and definition of brainstorming: Brainstorming is a group creativity technique by which efforts are made to find a conclusion for a specific problem by gathering a list of ideas spontaneously contributed by its members. In other words, brainstorming is a situation where a group of people meet to generate new ideas and solutions around a specific domain of interest by removing inhibitions. People are able to think more freely and they suggest as many spontaneous new ideas as possible. All the ideas are noted down without criticism and after the brainstorming session the ideas are evaluated. It's a powerful concept, first articulated by Alex Faickney Osborn in his 1967 book Applied Imagination, which had multiple followup editions through the 1970's. As with many powerful concepts, though, the specifics of implementation matter. The traditional approach to Brainstorming can fall victim to human nature We love the power of brainstorming, but [...]

March 31st, 2021|

Microsoft throws open the RPA door, makes Power Automate Free

Microsoft created some waves in the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) space this week, with the announcement at their Ignite conference that they are bundling Power Automate free in Windows 10 - all the way down to the Home user license. We imagine that UI Path, Blue Prism, and Automation Anywhere noticed this announcement as well. We believe that RPA is one of the most impactful technologies to come to maturity in recent years, and is one that a huge number of organizations benefit from. Contact us if you'd like to discuss how this technology, and this announcement from Microsoft, could impact your organization in a positive way.

March 3rd, 2021|

Why the IT Bar is Usually Set Too Low

The IT bar is set too low by business leaders Most CEOs and COOs spend their days trying to increase revenue and market share, while most CFOs spend their time optimizing their company’s balance sheet and ensuring that accounting is handled correctly. None of these top executives have the time or the background to focus their efforts on IT, even though all of them need it in order to achieve their goals. Without the context and knowledge of what is possible and what the paths to innovation should be, it is difficult for business executives to set, or even to push for, a vision for the full impact of technology. The bar is also set too low by IT leaders There is a misconception within many corporations that IT is merely backup and tech support for other departments. CIOs are often disincentivized to go beyond operating their platforms reliably, securely, [...]

February 19th, 2021|
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