Re-evaluate Assumptions before Investing in Suite of IT Products
Before you sign on the dotted line, however, and invest in any suite of IT products, it is critical to evaluate, reevaluate and test, your assumptions.
Admittedly, this advice is not earth shattering. Even so, it is amazing how often and how many things can be easily overlooked in the rush for efficiency, cost savings and the latest technology advancements.
Due diligence must be more than an item on your checklist. It must be embedded into your culture and as thorough as a virus scan searching for the most inconspicuous threats. It requires critical thinking, thoughtfulness and—yes—time. You need to consider the different business units, local compliance, implementation and rollout requirements. Also you need to ask the right questions as your assumptions may be correct, but what if they are based on information gathered to answer the wrong questions?
We ran into this challenge when we were evaluating Office 365 licensing options for our more than 17,000 employees at Assurant. One licensing option, which provides basic Microsoft Office Suite capabilities d e e m e d suitable for most users, it seemed like it would be sufficient to meet our call center staff’s needs. It was not until we began examining compliance requirements that our assumptions were quickly proven wrong. We hadn’t looked at the situation from all angles. Preliminary analysis focused on the functionality of the tools, not on compliance requirements for accessing customer data. Luckily, the due diligence process eventually did surface this consideration and were able to go with a licensing option that met all our