AUDITS & ASSESSMENTS
Shawney can perform a full comprehensive network audit which provides both a technical report and managerial summary of key findings involving all network levels including security, compliance, licensing, support, upgrades and more. Please contact us for additional information on our network, infrastructure, telecom and circuit audit / assessment capabilities including a sample report of what a completed summary might look like and how it can impact your organization.
TELECOM AND CIRCUIT AUDIT
Helping you identify and eliminate costs from your bottom line... Shawney provides audits and assessments and professional services which ultimately return dollars to your budget, deliver efficiencies to your operations and an introduction of a smoothing effect to your profit and loss statements across your business units. Shawney's telecom audits are a shared "risk/reward venture" you only pay us if we can identify cost savings; we tend to identify savings on 85% of our telecom audit engagements. Let Shawney investigate your bills, contracts and telecom needs.
Shawney's "best-of-breed" engineers perform a detailed protocol analysis of your existing network infrastructure devices complete with documentation on the state of your network along with recommendations for future enhancements, upgrades or consolidation. We monitor network broadcasts, bandwidth utilization and packet traffic and characteristics. Every engagement includes complete testing and documentation with a deliverable which includes assessment, statement of findings and recommendations.
Shawney's infrastructure audit includes a granular review of your Servers, Systems and Workstations with a focus on processor and memory utilization, directory services and user/application analysis. Every engagement includes complete testing and documentation with a deliverable which includes assessment, statement of findings and recommendations.
Shawney's Security team will conduct a comprehensive security assessment custom fit to your needs. Every organization has different needs and possesses different assets. Our assessments include a study or your internal network security, internet security, wireless, extranet and dial-access security. We review in detail potential design and configuration risks with a focus on protecting your critical assets. Last but not least we review your policies, processes and practices to determine if appropriate security measures are currently in place. Shawney can widen the scope of your audit to include special requirements around IPT, VPN or handheld devices or remote users. Every engagement includes complete testing and documentation with a deliverable which includes assessment, statement of findings and recommendations.
SOFTWARE COMPLIANCE ASSESSMENT
Are you worried about what happens when your software publishers audit you? Are you unable to provide data to support your purchases during an audit? A recent survey discovered that 69% of IT leaders are not confident they are in compliance with software licensing agreements(* Zach Church, CIO Magazine 9/2/08).
Most companies want to 'do the right thing' but software audits usually start with a current of former disgruntled employee followed by a certified letter from either a software publisher (or BSA - Business Software Alliance) requesting size and scope of your installed software base of users, under a threat of litigation. This can be the start of a long and painful procedure typically resulting in a monetary settlement and potentially the allocation of thousands of IT man-hours. Recent US settlements include software bills to the tune of $73k, $124k and $110k. Software audits tend to have a huge impact as they are both expensive and embarrassing not to mention highly negative in nature.
Managing your assets and contracts can mitigate risk relative to your software licensing liability. Shawney will work with you to conduct an all-encompassing 'discovery' process that will provide you with an accurate and comprehensive snapshot of your licensing situation confidentially. Shawney Licensing Management Services will keep track of the number of licenses that are deployed in your organization through our asset management service. We can also review reports to manage upgrades to keep users on the most current version as well as identify unauthorized software. Reduce the risk of audits and fines, maintain standardized systems, company/enterprise wide. In the unfortunate event that your company requires Software litigation, Shawney can recommend strategic legal counsel partner to represent your organization.Let Shawney consult you on how to leverage volume discounts and Enterprise Agreements to reduce costs and keep technology current.