Is the technology your organization uses truly serving you as well as it could? Or do you secretly suspect it might be slowing you down?
Don’t feel bad if it’s the latter—that may be a sign you’re a victim of your own success. As organizations grow, misalignments between daily operations and technology commonly arise. Over time, these gaps only widen, and at some point you may find that the tools that once served you well are now causing you headaches.
If the tools you and your teams use every day do more to frustrate than enable your work, it may be time for your organization to undertake a technology assessment. Here’s why.
How Does a Technology Assessment Work?
Here’s the thing about technology: It’s one gear in your unique machine, used differently by different people throughout the organization. All of which is to say that until we understand your organization—why it exists, what it does, how it does it, and where you want it to go—and especially the people who make your work happen, any technology “solution” can only be theoretical. A big part of our early discovery process focuses on your organization and your teams.
With that foundation, we delve into the specifics of your technology ecosystem, evaluating how these key areas align with how you work today:
By focusing on these areas, our engineers, architects, admins, and business consultants can dive deeply into how your business goals are (and aren’t) being served. They identify what’s missing and what’s being underutilized. What no longer aligns and what’s leaving you vulnerable to security risks. It’s an expert view of the macro and micro.
An Assessment Prioritizes the Human Side of Your Business
Technology can be a fine tool, but it’s a terrible manager. That’s why our technology assessment puts human beings first. We want to understand your people, their processes, and the ways they actually use your technology.
We also prioritize working closely with you to understand your mission, vision, and values as a part of our assessment. It’s only when we understand the human side of your organization that we can identify the ways your technology can work better to serve it.
What Are the Next Steps After an Assessment?
If you’re going to invest in an assessment, you want the results to be actionable. It doesn’t do you any good to have a report on misalignments if you don’t also know how to correct them in a way that makes sense for your timeline, strategy, and budget.
Your technology assessment will deliver top-notch analysis of your organization’s current state. It also will give you the prioritized recommendations for changes, upgrades, and services that best align with your short- and long-term goals. Our team provides a plan so detailed that you can take over from there, if you like. You’ll have the full roadmap for reaching the technology landscape that helps your organization thrive. And of course we’re glad to walk that road with you, if you choose.
Either way, you’ll have the tools that will guide your path forward, even when new opportunities and obstacles arise.
What Are the Benefits of a Technology Assessment?
Things change fast, not just within the world of technology but in the world at large and within organizations. Addressing that change typically happens in increments that often create a less-than-optimal bigger picture. A technology assessment is an important opportunity to stop, look around, and see where you are—where security vulnerabilities lie, where systems could better communicate with each other, and where you can streamline, for example.
After it’s all said and done, you have everything you need to better align your operations and the tools your teams use every day. You become better positioned to fulfill your mission and make clients—and employees—happy.
Learn more about our technology assessments here.