Better safe than sorry, or how to put one’s mind at ease.
Business runs smoothly, every part of the mechanism performs its routine function, and well-adjusted processes do not fail. Everybody is happy. Then, the first failure occurs, and panic breaks out. No one is sure what exactly is to be done to quickly fix the problems and restore profits, reputation, and comfort.
This situation may threaten to any business irrespective of its scope and level. Any problem that could have been detected and eliminated prior to growing critical, can “kill” a small business. As for a large enterprise, this may cost much time and efforts to put things right.
But the audits may be no less useful, where the critical problems do not actually exist. Hardly anyone will resist the temptation to improve and optimize the processes, products, and corporate relations.
The audit is a tool that allows to get rid of any fears in regard to eventual faults in your processes or project failures. This is an excellent chance promptly to remove bottlenecks, to foresee or eliminate eventual risks, to improve and optimize your project or workflows.
Today we are going to share our experience in using this effective tool to adjust and maintain a successful business in the field of mobile and web development.
It’s that simple: “living” through more and more new projects, we discover and fix problems and “pains” associated with all aspects of web and mobile development (and not only).
The last thing we want, to let the useful experience gained lie in archives “collecting dust”. Therefore, our team not only develop web and mobile applications, but also perform audits sharing our expertise and best practices. And our article will run on the types of IT audits we perform.
YOU MAY CHECK YOURSELF
The team meets together and discusses any problems disrupting the process, risks, and ways to eliminate them.
But such self-check will be effective provided that:
YOU MAY ENGAGE AN EXPERT
An experienced duly qualified expert can quickly find bottlenecks in your system. Apart from the fact that this “outsider” takes a fresh look at the business, he/she is also aware of new trends and possess more extensive knowledge.
Experience gained by Umbrella has proved, this is reasonable to offer IT audit services and consulting services in three areas:
1. Business Processes Audit
2. Technical Product Audit
3. Team Performance Audit
The reasonable optimization and automation of business-processes in most cases result in saving your time and efforts that can be devoted to other activities. As a result, the general business efficiency and profitability grow. This is what we have learned in the course of working on various projects, and this is what can be achieved by you.
WHEN MAY YOU NEED BUSINESS PROCESSES TO BE CHECKED?
Probably, you need it right now.
As a rule, while business is more or less “strong”, few people do care about any improvements or whether anything shall be done to secure oneself against potential challenges.
Or even if we think about it, but look at the routine smoothly running process we see every day (not just see, but participate in), and we can miss things obvious for the onlooker.
WHAT DO WE DO AS AUDITORS?
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF THE BUSINESS PROCESSES AUDIT?
Having in hand the list of all weak spots that delay or overcomplicate the work in your company, you may look at your own business from a different perspective and get the complete and real picture for the state of things.
Having got the detailed recommendations and a reliable mentor in the person of the auditor, you will know exactly what changes are to be introduced and in what way, as well as what way to go along.
The assessment will allow you getting the priorities right: what shall be in focus now based on the eventual risks and goals set.
We have gained significant experience in information technology audit process for middle- and large scale businesses in the market for web and mobile development. Based thereon we offer to audit your products already released or still being developed according to the following parameters:
WHEN MAY YOU NEED A TECHNICAL PRODUCT AUDIT?
According to SmartBear survey, only 64% of the respondents felt satisfied with the quality of the software they deliver to the customer.
WHAT DO WE DO AS AUDITORS?
Tenable, in their highlights of the webinar on the 2017 trends in vulnerability management shows the following data:
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF THE TECHNICAL PRODUCT AUDIT?
Every item will be prioritized for you to distinguish easily the errors critical for your site/app that are to be immediately eliminated, from the small and insignificant errors that may cause problems in the future.
“The application runs, and that’s it! This means, the code is also in good condition”, but nope. Sometimes this is the code that has some bugs, which do not let your app to attract more users, you are not on the top-lists, and some users experience downloading problems with your app, while you are completely unaware of it, unfortunately. But you hold the keys to the kingdom: learn the diagnosis and refresh your app!
Stability, immunity to the increased loads, minimum costs for the server resource. This is exactly what you expect of your app, isn’t it? The purpose of the technical IT audit is to give you the clear assessment and recommendations to be followed in order to achieve this.
This type is logically implied by the previous one. Since we know the process from inside, accordingly, we can also check the process applied some other team of developers.
WHEN MAY YOU NEED THE TEAM PERFORMANCE AUDIT?
According to SmartBear survey, only 50% of the respondents agreed that their company meets the scheduled release terms on a regular basis.
No doubt, each team has its own approach to work and its own philosophy. But there are certain tools and techniques we can recommend, based on our own experience, which is aimed at improving efficiency and quality of the final product.
WHAT DO WE DO AS AUDITORS?
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF THE TEAM PERFORMANCE AUDIT?
Be informed of the failures related to your process or team. Probably, you have chosen the wrong working model, or the responsibilities are assigned in the wrong way. The main thing is to clear it out as soon as possible and to use in practice the information obtained.
Forewarned is forearmed. You have in hands the list of the solutions offered, and need just to introduce it in your business strategic development plan.
In certain cases changes are vital. Otherwise you will continue throwing funds to the winds, losing time and getting nervous because of the next failure to meet deadlines. It is more effective to pull out the undesirable plant with roots and to plant a new tree. Changes may vary in nature: from changing the working model to hiring the required staff or terminating employment with the ineffective employee.
Along with having reports with useful information in hand, there are some other benefits proving the importance of IT auditing in organizations:
We told you what is IT audit and why it is important, but the story is to be continued. We are going to offer a more detailed description for each of three IT audit areas: follow new posts on our blog.
And if you prefer not to wait – contact Umbrella right now. We’ll be pleased to share our knowledge and expertise.
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