How to Handle Audits
The key to a successful audit, of any kind, tax or IT, is to keep it to half a day.
There will be plenty of exploratory work to be done, and you should outsource that to your staff.
Keep your Audits short and sweet!
Generally within four hours for an on-site IT audits, which you usually figure out exactly what’s going on,
what should be done next, and how to prioritise it quite fast.
Look at your hardware and software and services, peripherals and other similar items they need to buy.
You’ll know what you’re going to be proposing later, so there’s plenty of time to come back and go into
more depth after the audit finishes. When the meter isn’t running, don’t sit down and do something that could
end up getting you in hot water!
Get Your Own Time Checklist!
The way to keep your audits limited to 4 hours is by coming up with a dozen or so different areas that you
will look at. In that four hours, there’s no way that you’re going to be able to hit every issue.
Here is how to allocate the timing.
– 1-2 hours on your main goal
– 2nd goal gets 30 minutes
– 3rd goal gets 30 minutes
and so on.
Make some general notes as to how it looks overall and some things you may notice you didn’t know about.
Ask your main company contact handling that area to help out here. They will point you in the right direction.
You should definitely look at it because as the owner of the company it is your responsibility.
The Bottom Line is your audits are your responsibility, but outsource everything you can to make it faster, and better.
You should have a pretty good idea as to what the hottest priorities are, what should be addressed within the next
week or two, what should be addressed in the next month or two and then what should go into more long-range planning.