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A Beginners Guide to Fit Gap Analysis

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It’s something that most companies, both large and small, rarely consider when looking at their system operations, but a good fit gap analysis can lead to a more efficient system and, in the end, a more profitable organization.

In a nutshell, a fit gap analysis is undertaken by organizations when they want to get a better understanding of their business and the strengths and weakness inherent within. Simply said, it can be used to help figure out what’s working at maximum capacity and where holes exist that need to be filled.

It can be used to measure a variety of things in an organization or company; anything from the company’s current roster of employees to existing client needs and services provided to how the computer network and equipment matches up to the required needs of the company.

The first step is to understand what the parameters of the system, service or product you are attempting to perform and <a href=""><b>Fit Gap Analysis</b></a> on. We’ll call this the blueprint stage and in the end, doing this activity will help guide what the key components to be analyzed are.

A closed brainstorm or ideation session at this point is counterproductive to finding the most important aspects or components of your system, service or product to analyze. Bringing together all interested parties and working together to establish a list of perceived strengths and weakness is a great starting point and will later translate in to both fits and gaps for whatever it is you are analyzing.

Once you’ve established a basic blueprint and in-depth outline, you need to find your fits and your gaps. You can do this through a simple deductive process that can work to make your business or organization more effective and efficient, no matter what aspect of your business you’re applying it to.

You need to take your variables and place a value on the various services provided and then compare those service provided with the services that the client requires, whether that client is internal or external.

There are different ways to do this but using a high to low scale is one of the easiest.

If something falls high on your scale, chances are that that thing is either very vital to success or very simple to implement and useful to the organization and the client. This, in accordance with it would be called a good fit and thus should be pursued.

Something that does not or is not meeting the needs of the business or the client, whether internal or external, would be graded as low on the scale and is the exact definition of a gap. It’s important that when you find a gap in whatever you’re running a fit gap analysis on, whether it pertains to your computer systems, products or people, that you address the need and fill the gap, thus creating a more streamlined and more effective process for future use.

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