Abstract: The IF4IT has worked with numerous government and commercial enterprises to create and publish an openly available SaaS Cloud evaluation questionnaire, in order to help you evaluate your SaaS Cloud vendors and providers.
Evaluating SaaS Cloud Vendors is Difficult
With all the new and diverse SaaS Cloud vendors and service providers that are popping up, it’s more important to than ever to perform your due diligence. However, anyone that has tried to do so can tell you that it’s not easy or straightforward. This is because SaaS Cloud offerings are relatively new and constantly evolving. This means the questions we need to ask, in order to evaluate such vendors and providers, are also evolving.
There Are Limited Comprehensive Resources Available
We took the time to look around and it turns out that because this space is new and rapidly changing there are many free resources that cover things in small pieces but very few that can be considered comprehensive for you to use in your evaluations. It is for this reason that we’ve taken the time to compile a significant list of categorized questions that you can use to help in your evaluation efforts.
The IF4IT SaaS Cloud Evaluation Questionnaire is Free
We’ve made this questionnaire free for you to download and use as a template. We hope you find it useful.
The questionnaire has intentionally grouped questions into contextual areas, for example: security, data, integration, audit, etc. Our goal was to make it easier for end users to see that different concern areas are being addressed as part of the evaluation process. The questionnaire even takes into account numerous industry standards, such as but not limited to: SOX, SSAE, FedRAMP, ISAE, AICPA SOC and others.
Maintenance and Versioning
Keep checking back for updated versions, as we will publish them via the same link.
Updates and Contributions
The contents of the questionnaire have come from many different sources, including government agencies and commercial enterprises. If you wish to contribute to the document’s evolution, please feel free to contact us with feedback and ideas. We’d be more than happy to work with you in any way that makes sense for the IF4IT community.
Format: The downloadable document is in Microsoft Excel format.
Download Link: SaaS Cloud Evaluation Questionnaire Document