With exponential growth in data, a greater reliance on IT systems and an increase in regulation and compliance, IT investment is under increasing levels of scrutiny. What’s more, any downtime can have a huge impact on your organisation whether in lost productivity, damage to reputation, customer churn or fines.
Testing, Governance and Assurance can significantly reduce this risk and enable you to justify, implement and manage systems and technologies within your organisation with confidence.
Know your vulnerabilities
All online organisations are at risk, whether a large enterprise or a small business. Most cyber attacks are automated and indiscriminate, targeting vulnerabilities rather than specific companies. Testing can identify any security vulnerabilities within your estate before they are compromised, keeping your data safe, your people protected and your business compliant.
Confidence in new deployments
The implementation of new systems, applications, software or infrastructure carries inherent risks. Any migration involves far-reaching changes and it can be difficult to predict every potential risk or outcome. Solution Assurance provides testing and benchmarking at every stage, giving confidence to stakeholders, ensuring everyone is working to a consistent goal, and minimising potential scope creep. And once a project is complete, Testing can ensure you are realising all the benefits, enabling you to demonstrate a return on your investment.
Testing can help ensure your systems are working at maximum efficiency and identify areas that are not working as expected, helping you invest your budget where it is needed most.
IT investment especially in large, complex deployments is subject to very real scrutiny. With business value built into its core, risk-based testing practices can typically save between 40% and 60% of the costs from change programmes.
Good governance will also identify when a project no longer supports the original need, either because that need has changed or because the project has been misdirected. You can then efficiently halt the related activities and redirect your spend.
Support GDPR compliance, build customer trust
Almost every company is reliant on the storage and processing of personal data. As of 25 May 2018 every organisation is required to meet the new GDPR compliance rules or face substantial fines. In a competitive market place where customer loyalty and retention is key, organisations that demonstrate compliance with the GDPR are more likely to maintain the trust, respect and loyalty of their customers.