IT Assessments2019-12-27T16:39:07-06:00

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
  • Skill-sets gap analysis
  • Insourcing/Outsourcing analysis
  • Pre-Merger/Acquisition analysis
  • Software Buy vs. Build analysis

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

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.

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

Good Leadership is just as important to CRM Adoption as Good IT

Over 90% of companies with dedicated sales teams have licensed a CRM system, and yet far fewer of these companies believe their CRMs are strategic in their impact to the top and bottom lines.  Quora got double-digits responses to the question "Why do salespeople hate CRM?"  "Why do salespeople love CRM?" had not been posted as a question as of the time of this writing. Why is it so challenging to get sales teams to use CRM systems? Contrary to some other commentators on this topic, I don't believe the problem of low CRM adoption is due mainly to the systems being overly complex, or salespeople having limited grasp of software generally.  Don't get me wrong; some CRMs are no doubt too complex, designed by techies without sufficient input from real sales teams, etc.   There are over 300 different CRM systems in the market today, and no doubt some are [...]

January 16th, 2020|

What CXOs should know about Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a buzzword which has crept into the language of business in recent years, and the definition of the term varies greatly. At Innovation Vista, we define “digital transformation” as the effort to use technology to grow revenue. Digital Transformation - A Broader Vision for IT Digital transformation is driven by a broader view of Information Technology than its traditional goals of increasing efficiency and automation to help businesses save money and boost productivity. Today, technology has advanced in ways that allow businesses to do much more than what was possible in the past. Even in its traditional scope, IT has become a major component of most businesses' success. Most corporate executives (CXOs) are comfortable with it in this shape and size, but when there’s talk of re-envisioning IT, even with the promise of greater impact, CXOs can become understandably nervous. Hesitations on Digital Transformation One of the [...]

December 14th, 2019|

Should IT Leadership enter the Gig Economy?

With the recent growth of the gig economy in all kinds of sectors and roles, it bears asking whether this kind of structure might be a cheaper option for more companies searching for top-level IT leadership.  Answering this question will have some nuances, but it seems clear that going with a "gig CIO" is worth considering, and is likely better than at least one all-too-common mistake in choosing heads of IT. When you hear “gig economy,” likely you imagine transactions with Uber or Upwork—companies that operate under a “pay by the drink” approach.  It's part of a larger trend which also encompasses the Cloud revolution, where you pay per month for the specific amount of compute and storage you've utilized.  In general, participants in our economy are increasingly preferring to pay for only what they use, in many categories of goods and services.   Approximately 57 million people (36% of U.S. [...]

November 22nd, 2019|