Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise Architecture is the sum total of all processes and controls within an Information technology (IT) organization; it is a mechanism for examining the effectiveness of organizations, systems, processes, risks and controls. Enterprise Architecture Audits are frequently performed because they are beneficial in identifying operational deficiencies within IT as well as the intersection between business and IT.  Well designed Enterprise Architecture helps determine if a company’s information systems are safeguarding assets, maintaining data integrity, and operating effectively and efficiently to achieve the organization’s goals or objectives.

PCS’ Enterprise Architecture audit processes are risk identification focused, encourage efficient IT controls, and ensure the timely resolution of audit deficiencies. The process begins with a comprehensive inventory of all the various IT assets, components and resources. PCS’ experienced consultants review applications, hardware, software, processes, security, systems, resources and budgets. The data gathered is documented, analyzed, and the effectiveness of each IT component is assessed to determine their overall value or risk to the company and if they meet the requirements of supporting the business. Audit deficiencies are identified and recommendations are duly made. The recommendations are categorized in terms of risk to business and controls needed to mitigate the risk. PCS has successfully conducted IT architecture audits for organizations in financial, manufacturing, and the non-profit sector.

The following is a partial list of IT components that may be audited.  Please contact us for a full list and/or proposal:

  • Network Routers and Firewalls
  • Servers
  • NAS, SAN, Storage
  • Desktops & Laptops
  • Telephony
  • Backup & Archival
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Security
  • Facility
  • Infrastructure Availability
  • Physical Escrow
  • Configuration Management
  • IT Help Desk and Metrics
  • Asset Management
  • IT Procurement
  • IT Budgets