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Strategic IT

Tripura Sundari at the origin of worlds (and our company name)

Our company name is derived from the name of the "beautilful goddess of three cities", Tripura Sundari. In her second form as Lalita, she represents knowledge and creation of all things. At Sundari Experts, we try to help our customers to create value and increase their knowledge about their business.

 

Over Consolidation - Too Redundant to fail?

Are you running an IT infrastructure with or without virtualization? It's a question IT managers in 2013 no longer ask them selves as all are confronted with virtualisation on different levels. Be it a mainframe, JAVA or Vmware virtual machine, virtualization has been around for ages, with different names but all with the same purpose: optimizing resource utilisation.

Consolidation, THE Cloud, ... are terminologies that heavily rely on virtualisation techniques : virtual hardware, virtual applications, virtual companies, ...

Consolidation as well as moving to the cloud (private, public, ...), are too often seen as solutions to increase efficiency of poorly defined internal procedures and information (knowledge) needs.

With the introduction of mobile devices, also the application level has to cope with an increasing diversity. We have to go mobile! BYOD. Many C-level managers think that moving to the cloud, consolidating IT will improve their bottom lines because they think they reduce IT cost. But is the overal gain real?


We often see that IT (resource utilisation) is the main driver. IT is seen and managed as a Cost Center and is forced to drive its costs down. However if it were treated as part of the value chain, increasing the IT budget might be a better option because it would become evident that it supports a higher output or lower cost somewhere else in the value chain. IT is a support service - a support for value creation - ; not support for a department as such but for the value that is created in that department.

But to often, the link between IT and Added Value has become the unknown factor.

Timely delivery of the information (data) at the right place.




Achieving Compliance with IT

No rocket science needed here but a well implemented organization using a framework/toolkit that is adapted to your organisation and allows for the necessary control & audit to support your business.

There is however not ONE framework fits all approach. It is better to make a combination of several and select the parts that support your business, not only your IT. Also remember that what is good for the company next door might not be the optimal structure for your business. CoBIT, ValIT, GxP, ITIL, ... all can help to build your toolkit.

IT compliance and therefore also IT audit are only a part of business GRC (Governance Risk Compliance). As such, it should be implemented only in areas where they support value creation and protection. Another element to take into account is that a big bang or all-or-nothing approach is not required. It will not only delay implementation but increase the risk of misalignment.

Start with the analysis of one or two key value drivers. Evaluate the compliance risk and take it from there. For companies operating in heavily regulated environments, like pharma, adherence to such frameworks are

You already have a structured and well controlled environment? Then ask the persons who are accountable how often the processes and controls are evaluated for effectiveness. Efficiency is also important but it is a non-issue if it's no longer the right things that have been put into place because of a change in the value chain.

At Sundari-Experts, we help companies to setup or improve IT processes and KPI's based on their own value drivers.



 

Cobit 5

Cobit 5, the latest version of the Cobit Framework from ISACA.

Going Mobile

Going the mobile way.

As the mobile market is evolving, we at Sundari-experts have signed agreements with premium small companies who employ top notch mobile developpers (Android, IOS). We're also setting up shops in Turkey, India and Vietnam. This strategic approach should allow our smaller customers to benifit from mobile applications that are developped to their specific needs without burning their IT budget.

Just give us a call and let us make a quote. You will be surprised to see what you can do with a small budget.

 

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