10 Key Questions to Ask Your IT Department to Avoid Corporate Catastrophes
(Alberta, Canada)—The IT department may be the most important yet neglected part of a company’s infrastructure. After all, that’s where the business data and information lie.
But most corporations would rather skimp on IT money and planning, opting instead to lurch from crisis to crisis or rely on grossly inefficient and antiquated IT systems.
According to information technology expert David Papp, less than ten percent of today’s companies have formal IT budgets. But if companies are to stay safe and competitive in the Information Age, things have to change.
“Information technology has evolved so rapidly that even most IT managers have trouble keeping up with the latest developments,” explains David Papp, author of “IT Survival Guide: Conquering Information Technology in Your Organization.” “And company executives all too often see IT as an expense column rather than a competitive advantage.”
Having performed hundreds of corporate IT assessments and audits, David offers ten questions that every organization should be asking itself about its IT system, including:
* Have IT system warning signals been ignored?
* Do IT managers receive ongoing training?
* Where are backups and archives stored?
* Where are key resources and personnel located?
* What happens if there is an IT disaster after hours?
* What documentation system is in place?
* Are power system backups in place?
* How often are updates performed?
* Am I losing clients due to IT malfunctions?
* How often are outside IT assessments and audits arranged?
“If these questions aren’t asked, companies will find themselves constantly addressing emergency after emergency,” David states. “Instead of investing time and other resources into core business strategies, they waste them on what seem to be perpetual IT problems.”
About the author:
David Papp is an international IT consultant with over twenty years’ experience in IT systems. He is a popular keynote speaker on numerous IT topics. Mr. Papp has a computer engineering degree from the University of Alberta and holds multiple industry certifications.
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