An IT Audit is like many things in life we have a “if it’s not broken dont change it” mentality. However many times I have encountered business owners who have the same attitude, however with technology not staying up with best practice models can cost your business a lot of time and money.
An information technology audit, or information systems audit, is an examination and evaluation of an organization’s information technology infrastructure, policies and operations.
Take for example Windows XP, After 12 years, support for Windows XP ended April 8, 2014. Many business owners in the following weeks and months would have been of the opinion that “My computer is still working, it still opens my documents, sends emails and does what I want it to do, Why would I need to change, it’s only a Microsoft money racket to get us to upgrade”. That is until they have to buy a new printer, or upgrade their virus scanner and find out that the new equipment doesn’t work.
When I perform an IT Audit on a business I look at the way your business uses its systems and I always ask myself the question, how can it be improved or made simplier. An example of this is a client who needed to very regularly scan alot of documents, sometimes of 50+ pages at a time, this was taking sometimes up to an hour to do a document, she didnt know there was such thing as a document fed scanner, not only that she was scanning some documents as image files rather than PDF Documents. A very simple mistake to make for someone not technical. Now with a couple of clicks of a mouse, the whole process takes care of itself.
Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other. Bill Gates
When you hire me as to preform an IT Audit, I will spend between 1/2 a day to 2 days in your business analysing how you are using your technology and seeing how it can be improved, tweaked or changed.
It is not only your hardware systems that may need an IT Audit, your website and business software may be using dated technologies or could use some improvements.
The benefits of the audit:
- Identify inefficiencies in your IT systems which may be causing waste in productivity
- Identify threats and security flaws which may exist on your system
- View a snapshot of your current technology infrastructure
The IT Audit is performed by:
- Meeting with you and understanding your business and your strategic goals
- Analysing your existing technology systems and infrastructure
- Discussing with you and your employees any concerns they have over your IT infrastructure
- Using best practice industry techniques to review your business practices
- Finally, provide you with detailed IT Audit Report and plan of action for your business.
Why not give me a call or an email and start the ball rolling on an IT Audit today!