Dangers in knee-jerk reactions

(IT audits could save business millions )

The fundamental problem is that too many companies are undergoing knee-jerk systems replacement programmes without taking a close look at what they have already got.

In our experience, companies are often amazed when they discover what is really possible with their existing systems.

Often, even a modest investment in consultancy can reveal forgotten capabilities, or suggest simple enhancements that will deliver big returns and restore confidence in an existing system.

In order to keep a lid on IT spending, IT directors and financial directors should temporarily forget about the onward march of new technology and instead ask themselves which aspects of their business have altered since their original systems were implemented.

An IT audit should begin by analysing the gap between what the business needs and what it already has. Then the company can formulate a rational strategy for systems enhancement.

Gary Waylett, Eclipse Computing.

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