Developing an IT infrastructure assessment checklist is an absolute necessity if you’re considering any type of outsourcing. It’s the only way to assure you’re comparing apples to apples when it comes to potential service delivery solutions and providers, and it’s the only way to assure you’re comparing true total cost of ownership.
But a comprehensive, well-thought-out IT infrastructure assessment checklist also comes in handy as an ongoing business review tool. Incorporating it into your annual planning process will help you stay on your toes, rather than making possibly faulty assumptions about your ongoing capabilities. And at the rate IT technology and practices are changing, you can’t afford to view assessment as a one-time, “we already did that” exercise.