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Before any journey is started it is critical to understand the current state in terms of the scale of the opportunities and problems that lie ahead. Without this information, it is impossible to plan properly and proves very difficult to assess whether the journey has been successful i.e. we determine a baseline against which to assess the success of our journey with you.

How it works

Depending on the journey being planned we run survey-based diagnostics- and workshop-based assessments. We do this using carefully tailored tools and techniques adapted specifically for New Zealand conditions in close collaboration with the InfoTech Research Group who are considered international thought leaders in technology-based business research, best practice methodologies and market analysis research. Our Consultants conduct the workshops, interviews and surveys to elicit and then document the opportunities, key issues and recommended course of actions to commence the journey.

IT Capability Assessment

An IT Capability assessment compares IT activities and processes using a combination of quantitative and qualitative assessments.

What is it?

An Effectus IT Capability Assessment comprises of a set of questions for each of the principle process areas identified in the assessment. By assessing the current state in comparison with the desired future state, Effectus will provide a carefully tailored set of outcomes that will enable significantly improved capability.

How will it help you?

An IT Capability assessment will determine your current IT capability and provide a baseline from which an accurate plan will be developed to reach your desired future state as is graphically illustrated in the diagram.

Effectus IT Capability

Effectus will guide you through every step of your journey to reach your desired destination. As part of the assessment we will also review whether regulatory, compliance and security requirements are being met.

The IT Capability Assessment is structured so that we can review your progress on a regular basis and make any adjustments if needed.

Effectus IT Capability Objectives

Reasons for considering an IT Capability Assessment

  1. Do you know how well your investment in IT is performing?
  2. Are you able to articulate how well your investment in IT is supporting your business?
  3. You would like a set of defined actions that improve IT performance to your desired level of capability.
  4. Do you need an independent assessment of your IT performance?

If you would like more information on how we can assist you to leverage your investment in IT, please contact us.

Alternatively, don’t take our word, we would be more than happy to put you in contact one of our many satisfied clients who have journeyed with us and get their views on how we guided them through the process.

ERP Readiness Assessment

Is your business ready for the next big step to implement an Enterprise wide IT solution?

If you are, then you should consider an ERP Readiness Assessment to properly plan for this significant decision.

The first step is to start by collecting business requirements to determine if you require an ERP solution in the first instance. Naturally, most organisation consider themselves adept at this as, after all it is their business they are analysing.

Unfortunately, in our professional experience, most organisations do not have the expertise, capacity and often, capability to properly plan for an IT investment that will be significant and have far reaching implications on the longevity of their organisation.

How can we help you?

Our ERP Readiness Assessment will provide you with a detailed set of requirements which outline what your business needs to stay current in the ever-evolving business world.

The outcomes of our ERP Readiness Assessment will also formulate the plan that will help avoid project failure, should the new Enterprise Wide Solution fail to deliver as was expected.  It avoids unnecessary costs and time and mitigates the risks associated with unhappy business customers and project failures.

Next Steps

Are you planning a new ERP solution or considering an upgrade to your existing ERP system?  Call us to discuss how we can assist you through this complex problem and to ensure you reach your desired destination.

If you would like to talk to a reference client for this service, please contact us.

 

Shared Services Feasibility

In your business sector have you been discussing the benefits of Shared Services?

What is it?

An Effectus Shared Services Feasibility Review looks at IT maturity, infrastructure and applications for each of the organisations in the group looking to share services. We make an assessment on each organisation’s readiness to align their infrastructure and applications with others in the group.

How will it help you?

We work with you to see if shared services are feasible for your IT.

For each organisation we identify any quick wins that will make the most of IT investment and increase readiness for shared services.

We work out if it makes sense financially to share services.

We work with you to decide whether there are applications that could be shared by organisations in the group, for example, a shared financial system.

We work with you to prepare a group strategy for shared services, to align systems, share infrastructure and share IT services.

Next Steps

Are you thinking about IT Shared Services? Have you been asked to look at IT Shared Services? Why not do a Shared Services Feasibility Review.

If you would like to talk to a reference client for this service, please contact us.

Disaster Recovery Capability Assessment

A Disaster Recovery Capability Assessment (DRCA) will help you to identify risks and priorities in the event of natural or man-made disasters.

What is it?

An Effectus DRCA determines your organisation’s disaster recovery capability and measures it against good practice in this field. As part of the assessment process, IT Managers rate their own capability for each of the key assessment areas.

How will it help you?

An Effectus DRCA will help you to identify risks and priorities and determine how best to mitigate them in the event of natural or man-made disasters.

It is important to keep in mind that Disaster Recovery is not simply the duplication of infrastructure. Your IT team needs to focus on recovering systems that are mission critical to your organisation. These are the systems and key business processes that keep your organisation operating.

If your business managers haven’t identified what these systems and processes are, and it isn’t a priority, then you won’t have confidence that these services can be recovered in the event of a disaster.

Disaster Recovery in itself is NOT Business Continuity Planning or Business Continuity Management; however, Disaster Recovery should be aligned with the bigger picture of Business Continuity Management.

Next Steps

Do you need to develop Service Recovery Targets and a Disaster Recovery Plan? Have you tested your ability to recover in a disaster? Why not start with a Disaster Recovery Capability Assessment?

If you would like to talk to a reference client for this service, please contact us.

Application Assessment

The Effectus application assessment is a structured approach to systematically evaluate all the applications in your portfolio to determine which applications are performing well against business expectations, applications that are at risk and applications that are nonessential.

What is it?

An Effectus Application Assessment will help you examine the applications in your application portfolio and decide whether it is worth investing in specific application upgrades or investing in new applications.  We work with you to develop guiding principles for application investment and quality, to optimise how effective the applications are for your users.

How will it help you?

Your portfolio of applications may be growing rapidly due to the demand for new applications or application upgrades from your different areas of business. We map your applications to your business processes, which identifies those key priority applications to target your investment.

Next Steps

Do you have a large application portfolio? Do you think your applications are delivering value to your organisation?  Why not start with an Application Assessment?

If you would like to talk to a reference client for this service, please contact us.

Technology Evaluation

Do you need an independent evaluation of technology across your organisation?

What is it?

An Effectus Technology Evaluation is an independent evaluation of technology across your organisation. In association with carefully selected technology specialists across New Zealand, we manage the evaluation process to ensure all your business requirements are completely satisfied. In the event that they are not, we work in close collaboration with these technology specialists to design an appropriate solution to remedy any problems identified in the process.

We work with you to assess the responses and select the best solution based on agreed criteria and our knowledge of industry good practice and technology solutions.

How will it help you?

Our focus is on delivering the right solution for your business, which may not necessarily be the latest fad in technology.

Being vendor and technology independent, we can guarantee you a professional and unbiased recommendation that is based on our robust evaluation to ensure that it is best suited for your organisation.

Next Steps

Is Technology Evaluation one of the items on your infrastructure roadmap? Are you preparing for a technology upgrade? Do you want an independent review of your IT technology recommendations?

If you would like to talk to a reference client for this service, please contact us.

Service Delivery Assessment

Have you implemented service delivery processes, to discover that there is a mismatch between your organisation’s expectations and the actual delivery of IT services, be they delivered internally or by an external IT service provider?

What is it?

An Effectus Service Delivery Assessment will help you to benchmark your service delivery requirements against the actual delivery capability of the IT Team or IT Service Provider using industry approved standards and processes.

As part of this process, IT Managers rate their service delivery maturity or that from the IT Service Provider and agree future goals to improve the service delivery capability to meet business objectives.

How will it help you?

A service delivery assessment will help you to compare your service delivery capability and processes against the ITIL processes of good practice.

This assessment helps focus on which processes are important for your organisation and sets expectations for service delivery that all parties will understand and follow. All parties will understand how service calls are prioritised and who is responsible for delivering the service within a reasonable time frame.

ITIL stands for IT Infrastructure Library and is recognised as the leading ICT process framework. Using our knowledge and experience of this framework, we assist you to implement appropriate and tailored ITIL processes to suit your organisation and set realistic goals to increase your level of service delivery maturity. Setting a benchmark for your service delivery processes allows you to measure and report on your progress and updates are available for auditors when required.

Next Steps

Is the delivery of IT service in your organisation considered to be cost effective and delivering value to your business? Why not start with a Service Delivery Assessment?

If you would like to talk to a reference client for this service, please contact us.

Information Security Assessment

Our Information Security Assessment will help you identify vulnerabilities and security risks that your organisation may be exposed to and formulate a comprehensive plan to protect your business.

What is it?

An Effectus Security Assessment reviews security across your entire IT platform and identifies security weaknesses and risks to your business.

How will it help you?

We work with you to identify your business vulnerabilities and risks and your priorities for mitigating business risks.  An information security breach can result in a loss of customer confidence, private information can be leaked, or a malicious attack can lead unavailability of critical systems when most needed.  All of which could be a significant cost to your organisation, not to mention the damages to your organisation’s reputation.

We review the security of your complete IT platform and compare it with the best practice security standards.

We recommend actions to reduce business risks and address security weaknesses.  We recommend new technologies that can introduce security solutions backed with appropriate security policies and procedures.

Next Steps

Have you assessed your security risks?  Have you introduced policies and procedures to reduce your security risks?

If you would like to talk to a reference client for this service, please contact us.

Data Governance Capability Assessment

A data governance assessment will help you to identify how well your organisation is in control of its data.

What is it?

An Effectus Data Governance Assessment looks at how your organisational data is controlled measured against recommended industry best practice. As part of the assessment process managers rate their own data governance maturity for each of the key assessment areas.

How will it help you?

A data governance assessment will give you a baseline of how well your organisation controls its data against standards of good practice.  This assessment will help you identify your risks and priorities for your data.

It will help you focus on what data the business needs and prioritise your data initiatives based on business priorities.

It will help address your organisation’s data quality challenges, and provide guidelines on how to manage the data so that the right information is available for those who need to access it.  It will help to guide your organisation towards data standards so that the data is accurate, consistent, complete, current and relevant.

Next Steps

Are you concerned about the quality of your data? Do you have Data Governance in place?

If you would like to talk to a reference client for this service, please contact us.

Infrastructure Assessment

An infrastructure capability assessment will help you align your investment in IT infrastructure to support your organisation’s business needs.

What is it?

An Effectus Infrastructure Capability Assessment uses the CobiT framework to assess maturity against good practice in infrastructure architecture. IT Managers rate the organisation’s capability maturity and agree future goals to improve the infrastructure to meet business goals and objectives.

How will it help you?

It aligns the infrastructure technology with business objectives, not technology objectives.  It provides a high-level overview of how your current systems currently support your business processes.

It helps you assess if your infrastructure has been deployed to meet the needs of the business, and if it is able to meet changing needs.  It assesses if your infrastructure operability and stability delivering the best value of your infrastructure investments.  Inability to meet the needs of the business places a higher priority on your infrastructure investmnents.

It gives you a baseline to compare your progress against your goals.

Next Steps

Do you want us to help you prioritise your investment in infrastructure upgrades?  Are you concerned that your infrastructure is out of step with good practice? Are you concerned about the risks of your current infrastructure?  Why not start with an Infrastructure Assessment?

If you would like to talk to a reference client for this service, please contact us.

Get in Touch

If you need more information and are interested in forming a guiding relationship with Effectus please contact us today.