USask Technology Assessment

What is Technology Assessment?

New technology and software is subject to the Technology Assessment process, including requests for additions, changes, and renewals of information systems. Academic technologies are currently assessed by ICT using the criteria below.  The process is undergoing revision to align the assessment of academic technologies with the LTE principles.

Four main areas are assessed for concerns like security, privacy, intellectual property, licensing, etc.:
  • Risk
  • Compliance
  • Business continuity
  • Organizational fit
Recommendations based on the assessment are provided to address concerns using both contractual (vendor) controls and operational (USask) support requirements.

The review process includes first examining whether there is an existing tool, service, or contract that meets the required business needs, and then will go on to ensure the chosen solution:
  • Will work with the other technologies at the university
  • Will meet organizational and operational requirements
  • Will be compliant with all security, privacy and data standards
  • Is priced appropriately for the service
  • Will ensure any additional considerations have been addressed, including the Total Cost of Ownership