Advisory & Assistance Services (A&AS)


Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein

The FAR defines Advisory and Assistance Services as “a category of services contracts where the purpose of obtaining the services is to improve policy making, decision-making, management, administration, program and/or project management or research and development (R&D) activities”.  In the IT industry, these services are offered in the form of assessments, that enable the customer to get a comprehensive understanding of the current state, gaps and associated impacts, thereby helping them to determine the key areas of concern that need to be addressed immediately.

route7 Consulting Inc. has created pre-defined assessment solutions built across our following core areas of competence.

Cloud Readiness Assessment

The cloud can be a powerful tool.  Many organizations are building their business process around the capabilities of their technology platform. As always, any push towards a new infrastructure will require planning, and a good use-case analysis. In the case of cloud computing, running a cloud readiness assessment can prevent issues in the future. Our Assessment enables a customer to better understand their current capabilities and what the optimal type of infrastructure would be. Ultimately, this helps align their IT capabilities directly with the goals of their organization.

Next-Gen Data Center Assessment

Data centers are evolving toward architectures in which networks, computer systems, and storage devices act in unison. To achieve this, data centers need an end-to-end architecture that is efficient, adaptable, and scalable.  As IT organizations migrate from fragmented, older data centers to more cost-effective and agile ones, they must first develop a sound architecture that can serve as the foundation for their evolution to a next-generation data center.

The route7 Data Center Architecture Assessment Service helps our customers identify the gaps in their existing data center infrastructure and create an architectural plan that can help increase the efficiency and adaptability of the data center. This assessment uses best practices and proven methodologies to address the elements that contribute to inefficiency in the data center and help plan for data center transformation

Disaster Recovery and Continuity of Operations Assessment

Disaster Recovery is the process, policies and procedures related to preparing for recovery or continuation of technology infrastructure critical to an organization after a natural or human-induced disaster. Continuity of Operations (COOP) ensures maximum application and server availability and resilience.  The goals of the route7 DR/COOP assessment are to arrive at an efficient COOP solution that is resilient to failure, using best of breed technology and industry standard best practices.

Enterprise Management Assessment

The route7 Enterprise Management Assessment reviews the enterprise IT management infrastructure in terms of industry standard management best practices such as True Multi-Vendor Support, Integrated Management of Virtual Networks & Cloud Resources, Automation, Communication etc.  Prior to beginning the assessment activities, route7 develops a thorough understanding of the business/mission goals and objectives of the customer, and how the managed IT infrastructure supports such objectives.  This helps us determine the level of management that needs to be performed on the IT infrastructure in the various areas of management such as Fault, Configuration, Performance, Security and Accounting, to compare against the current state and determine the gaps. Remediation recommendations are developed and presented in the form of a roadmap, addressing gaps in the order of their impact.

Next-Gen Network Assessment

The route7 Network Assessment plays an essential role in planning for new network implementations or troubleshooting existing ones. Not having an accurate picture of a network’s capabilities and issues can pose serious problems that could complicate, even undermine, a planned implementation and current employee productivity. Organizations plagued by network issues can also greatly benefit from a network assessment. Testing and analyzing all areas of network performance will uncover underlying causes for each issue.  This assessment enables you to understand the key components of a wired and wireless network strategy, and to develop a gap analysis and remediation recommendations for the campus-wide network and its security.