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By Brian Glamann, Account Executive
Like a wellness check or annual checkup at your doctor’s office, your network technologies need regular assessments to catch any small problems that could become big problems later, causing error messages or potential downtime. IT systems are complex, multi-layered, and often only understood by the people who work with them every day. That’s why an IT assessment done by a 3rd party expert can help monitor your network’s health, explain the strengths and weaknesses of your network, in addition to giving you a workable plan for protecting it in the future.
What is a discovery?
A Gilmore IT services consultation takes a dive into your environment to determine how it is configured, detect vulnerabilities and risks, identify ways we can maximize efficiencies within your business systems and processes, and provide a blueprint to get you running at the highest level while maintaining your security. It allows you to see where your current IT stands and what can be done to implement IT strategies to help achieve your business goals and leverage technology to conquer your business challenges. A discovery loosely involves 4 elements:
Security and Network Assessment: The scans and vulnerability tests we run on your network generate extensive reporting that exposes potential risk associated with password complexity, storage, insecure ports, missing critical patches, old end users and machines that have not been removed from the active directory, and passwords that have been exposed to the Dark Web.
Operational Assessment: The analysis performed focuses on your overall ability, capacity, and efficiency to maintain a healthy IT environment with your current strategy and environment. A strategic plan and roadmap may involve rolling out new solutions to strengthen your IT footprint and fill in any gaps that may be keeping your network from operating at peak capacity.
Inventory and Framework: A discovery looks into the detail behind the number and age of machines and network equipment, along with an analysis of how it communicates and interacts with other elements in your network. Critical business lines of applications and processes are evaluated to identify improvement areas and exposes any useless or outdated software and hardware.
Plan and Roadmap: Gilmore prepares a blueprint of what it will take to serve your business’ unique needs and creates an actionable plan to address them throughout the entire process of pre-onboarding to post-onboarding, ongoing service, security, and strategy, and quarterly business reviews.
What benefits will a discovery have for my business?
Whether you’re a small business owner or an IT Director, start by asking yourself the following questions:
Once you understand the liability you’re facing, it’s easy to understand why investing in an assessment is worth it. A thorough assessment provides peace of mind in knowing that all security protocols are in place, risks are minimized, and vulnerabilities are patched.
Whether your business is considering expanding IT capabilities or looking ahead to what’s next for enterprise computing, a discovery can provide the right perspective and foundation of knowledge for you to make the best decisions about the future of your business. We look at the big picture and help identify “gaps” in your current strategy. The needs from years ago are not the same today – your IT strategy needs to be as scalable as your business strategies.