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Why You Should Consider an IT Audit

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This story appears in the February 2012 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Q: Does my company need an IT audit? Will it improve our bottom line?

What about it? Nicole McMackin of Irvine Technology.
What about it? Nicole McMackin of Irvine Technology.
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A: Business owners looking for practical recommendations to improve or leverage their information technology (IT) and gain critical efficiencies should consider conducting an IT audit. "An IT audit is an in-depth analysis of a company's technical environment, including its existing computer applications, hardware infrastructure, IT plan and IT-related personnel," says Nicole McMackin, managing partner at Irvine Technology, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based company that conducts such audits for businesses around the world. "The audit usually results in a detailed written report and guide that recommend a strategic business initiative pertaining to rightsizing internal and external IT practices and systems."

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