Written on 9th March 2023 - 2 minutes

What’s the difference between a Systems Health Check and Data Optimisation Audit?

What’s the difference between a Systems Health Check and Data Optimisation Audit

It might appear that a Systems Health Check and a Data Optimisation Audit are pretty much the same thing, looking into systems to ensure that they’re functioning optimally and spotting areas where errors or issues might arise.

However, we do undertake two different checks or audits for a reason. They hold completely different job functions.

What are the key drivers for a Systems Heath check?


  • Legacy system
  • Business continuity
  • New software development
  • Security

It might be a combination of a few of the above or just one, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that your company has hit a tipping point, something is impacting business efficiency and a systems health check is needed.

What do we investigate in a Systems Health Check?


We’re looking at your business operations, at eight key aspects of how the system performs or meets the needs of the business in areas of:

  • User experience
  • Technology
  • Interoperability
  • Maintainability
  • Supportability
  • Scalability
  • Data & analytics
  • Security

We use a scoring system to help develop a comprehensive systems roadmap that address the problem areas with a clear plan, reducing business disruption and helping the organisation to become more efficient and effective.

Whereas, in a Data optimisation Audit, we’re looking specifically at the data element, based around the following:

What do you want your data to do?


  • Improve decision making
  • Improve operational efficiencies
  • Grow revenues
  • Increase competitive advantage
  • Enhance customer service
  • Save money

What key areas are explored in a Data Optimisation Audit?  


Access – we work with you to understand how accessible your organisation’s data is. This includes the quality of the data sources, accessibility and availability of data sources, existing data warehouse capability and to ability to integrate reporting. analyse, learn

Analyse – this is about understanding your organisation’s current capabilities to analyse data. Including existing reporting needs, quality and accuracy of reporting, and the confidence in the data and in-house skill sets.

Learn – focusing on the ability to identify opportunities to learn from your data and then add further value. This often includes the addition of new data sources to improve that flow of data.

To assess, the systems health check looks at the technology behind your business operations and when that is all working optimally, the data optimisation audit could be required to ensure that the most is being made from your data.  Two very different processes for very different outcomes.

However there is one similarity; both audits are undertaken to assist in making a business both scalable and flexible, ultimately making it more efficient and effective.

If you would like more information on either of these topics, please do get in touch

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