To keep up with customers, competitors and market trends, businesses need digital solutions that drive efficiency and automate work processes. A technology application assessment can help you evaluate your application’s effectiveness, security and quality by examining the design, code quality and vulnerability to hacking. It also evaluates the application’s database and data posture.
With an application assessment, you can identify flaws and potential weaknesses — and thus make strategic improvements. In addition, it empowers your team to be more productive, proactive and efficient. This can save you a significant amount of time — and substantially impact your bottom line.
3 Reasons Why You May Need a Technology Application Assessment
1. Acquiring a Company
A business merger or acquisition is a noteworthy step toward expanding your product line, entering new markets and growing your market share. However, technology integration and incompatible infrastructures pose a major risk factor for M&A failure. Interoperability issues can potentially lead to disruptions in enterprise security, compliance and employee productivity.
A comprehensive technology application assessment can identify potential issues and suggest solutions for successful merging of the two systems. This is key to minimizing disruptions, expenses and data loss — and boosting efficiency.
2. Partnering With a Company
Collaborating with another business is a great way to expand customer reach, the services and products you offer, and marketplace access. While collaborations don’t require complete system and infrastructure integration, there are still significant data sharing, security and operational concerns. A comprehensive application assessment can identify and resolve any security or interoperability problems and protect your business’s digital assets and reputation.
3. Internal Application Assessment
A thorough technology application assessment is essential to maximize the permanence and effectiveness of your internal applications. As your company evolves, technology advances and your needs shift, your applications can quickly become obsolete, inefficient or compromised. An app assessment helps to recognize potential issues and suggest methods to optimize performance, scalability and security.
Key Considerations When Conducting a Technology Application Assessment
Whether you are evaluating applications for an acquisition or need strategic insights into internal applications, Growth Acceleration Partners (GAP) provides independent technology assessments for your business. Our experts assess the following areas to provide unbiased insights and recommendations as to what path makes the most sense for you.
1. Overall Architecture
Assessing the overall architecture ensures your application infrastructure adequately meets all your business requirements. It involves examining the application’s security and compliance, scalability, redundancy and performance.
Assessing an application’s ability to integrate with other systems and applications is essential for modern business operations. If your systems cannot communicate well, you end up with task and data duplication, inefficient operations, wasted resources and disconnected team operations. When reviewing an application, we evaluate its APIs, data formats and protocols — among other aspects — to ensure seamless communication between systems.
Cybersecurity risks are always growing in complexity and frequency. If you don’t have effective security measures in place, you put your entire business at risk. An assessment is necessary to measure the security of your application, discover weak points and recommend solutions. This inspection covers authentication, authorization, data encryption and access control measures.
4. Codebase Quality
Codebase quality is paramount for maintainability and scalability. When assessing an application, GAP evaluates its codebase to identify problems and propose improvements. This includes:
- Identifying the language and framework used in the codebase
- Analyzing the structure and organization of the codebase
- Looking for code smells or anti-patterns that may indicate issues
- Considering the scalability and maintainability of the codebase
- Assessing security and looking for vulnerabilities
- Analyzing testing and debugging processes used for the codebase
- Considering performance and efficiency
- Determining any necessary updates or improvements
- Checking for version control and collaboration tools
5. Database and Data Posture
Databases are indispensable for applications to run and expand effectively. Evaluating an application’s database and data posture is necessary to pinpoint issues and the right remediation strategies. This includes analysis of the database schema, access methods and protection.
Our experts review and quantify missing, inconsistent and erroneous data within an individual application and across multiple disparate applications. In addition, we compare legacy data against data governance standards.
6. Cloud Architecture
With many benefits, cloud computing is increasingly popular for businesses of all sizes. It is important to evaluate your application’s cloud architecture to ensure it’s designed to take advantage of the cloud’s benefits. By evaluating the cloud readiness of your unique application landscape, we identify workload requirements, resources and dependencies to determine which cloud providers are the best fit and most cost-effective for your needs.
7. CI/CD and DevOps
To accelerate software development lifecycles, businesses must prioritize CI/CD and DevOps practices. During a technology application assessment, we evaluate CI/CD and DevOps practices for speed, quality, and reliability. This includes analyzing build/release processes, automated testing and deployment strategies.
Evaluating UI/UX determines the usability, effectiveness and user-friendliness of an interface. During the process, we identify and analyze the goals of the design, the design process and the resulting interface. By identifying and correcting design problems you can improve the user experience, boost productivity and effectively streamline operations.
9. Automation Capability
Automation can optimize business processes, minimize costs and maximize efficiency. During a technology application assessment, we assess automation options to identify areas for improvement and develop strategies to implement them. This includes examining the application’s testing, deployment and monitoring processes.
Build Better, Scale Faster With GAP
To remain competitive, businesses need digital solutions that optimize processes, save time and stay up-to-date with market developments. GAP’s technology application assessment enables tech teams to build applications better and scale business faster, even with limited resources and expertise.
Our technology application assessment service provides an independent report tailored to fit your organization’s specific needs. We assess your application based on workloads, performance, availability, manageability and cost. Furthermore, our customized recommendations factor in your corporate culture and existing team’s skillset to ensure the best solutions.
Take advantage of data-driven solutions to drive digital transformation and business growth — reach out to us today.