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Author Vadim
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IT-audit: for whom and for what?

IT-infrastructure has to meet business objectives and work for their implementation.

Information technology has taken root in the heart of the business, and key market players have realized long ago that without the use of modern IT-tools, their positions are at risk of losing leading positions. Now the success of the company is determined not only by the quality of services and the level of sales but also the degree of involvement of new technologies. This pattern works in both directions: successful companies use IT, and the use of IT increases the chances of success. And everything would be fine, except for one thing – the presence of IT-infrastructure, even if very large and modern, does not guarantee anything. The only good infrastructure is the one that moves the business forward, without pulling it down and sucking all the resources.

IT-audit allows the company's management to understand what exactly does not suit the Manager, what it is connected with and what should be done to fix it. IT-audit provides an objective assessment of the current state of all IT-systems, as well as helps to identify problem areas of IT-support, which can have a negative impact on the development of the company's business as a whole. 

IT auditing is required in different situations. It is worth to turn to the services of specialists in case of personnel change, corporate reorganization, optimization of resources. Such services may also be needed when creating a new computer infrastructure or upgrading the existing one.

Periodic modernization of software is not a fashion, but an urgent need. Taking into account the speed of technology development every 3-4 years, it becomes obsolete. The effectiveness of interaction with external participants of business processes (branches, business partners, regulatory authorities) depends on the timely upgrade. 
Thus, IT-audit is aimed at optimizing the information system of the enterprise taking into account the specifics of its activities and the requirements of the time. 

As part of the procedure, specialists can perform a number of certain works:

  • Expert evaluation 
    Without this procedure, it is difficult to give an adequate assessment of investment decisions involving the purchase of equipment or software. 
  • Technical audit of IT-system
    It includes data collection, analysis, development of recommendations to optimize the operation of a particular element of the infrastructure. 
  • IT-audit of business process
    Provides the ability to analyze the features of IT and systems used in optimization. 
  • A comprehensive IT-audit
    Allows you to determine the compliance of the needs of the organization and the level of information technology. It is possible only after an analysis of the client's requirements to identify an accurate list of the necessary objects for the audit

Therefore, the customer is invited to fill in the brief, which will include the main objectives of the process and the reasons for its implementation. This allows to make the work of specialists more productive and significantly reduce the time for its implementation.

Professional support will allow: 

  • use resources more efficiently; 
  • identify weak places and areas of systems; 
  • minimize business risks; 
  • identify shortcomings in the planning of information systems;

It is very difficult to evaluate IT-business development on your own. Only with the help of experts you can get reliable data and use it for the benefit of effective business development.