Application Audit and Certification
Digital Infrastructure Audit

Application Certification

Application is the heartbeat of the organization today. Every business or government function runs via the collective performance of its supportive applications. IDCA’s application audit ensures that an application does perform as intended and remain as secure, resilient, efficient, and reliable as possible. An organization needs to ensure that the delivery of the application matches the business requirements.

Application Audit
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1 Stack Layer Audit

Application Certification

IDCA’s Application Audits render complete inspection, report, recommendation, and certification of organizations’ information application technology delivery claims and capabilities. IDCA application audit and assessments involved full inspection and certification of all the 7 efficacies as outlined by the Infinity Paradigm®, and the actual application needs to encompass the complete examination of the Application layer.

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Application Stack Layer Components

Application Layer Components

Application is the backbone of a modern-day organization’s prosperity and functionality. To provide these the necessary application functionalities a wide array of elements must be aligned to render the desired outcome. These elements include but are not limited to the application architecture, the actual developed application itself, and the software infrastructure, SOPs, manuals, safety and security guidelines, human resources, vendor alignment, SLAs and OLAs, etc. Provided the extended complexity of today’s applications, with the ever-growing acceptance of new technologies and the dynamic nature of business, it becomes extremely difficult for application architects and managers to project and accommodate for the future requirements of the application and achieve a proper balance of capacity, reliability, efficiency, security, and cost-effectively, when and where the end-users demand them at the required AE layers. IDCA’s comprehensive set of audit criteria extends beyond the logical or actual application platforms.


Application Architecture
Application Availability
Application Security
Application Integrity
Application Efficiency
Inputs, Processing, and Outputs
General Controls
Application Reliability and Performance
Application Capacity and Maintainability
Business Specific Metrics
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IDCA application audits can be conducted at three (3) distinct phases of the application design, build, and operation lifecycle

Phase 1: Application Design

Design Phase

If the ecosystem, application, IT, cloud or data center has been designed, IDCA can audit the drawings, schematics and design files to highlight all compliance flaws, efficiency gaps and vulnerabilities and provide you a comprehensive report per the findings. Upon completion of the design audit the organization will be graded and rated per IDCA G Levels and applicable certification will be issued.

Phase 2: Application Build

Build Phase

IDCA can audit already developed and built ecosystems, applications, IT, cloud or data center platforms before they become fully commissioned into live production. The audit will ensure lack of inconsistency and discrepancy of the completed project vs the original intents of the design and industry’s best practices per the IDCA standards. Upon completion of the audit the organization will be graded and rated per IDCA G Levels and applicable certification will be issued.

Phase 3: Application Operations

Operations Phase

IDCA audits can be conducted while live operations are underway to assess the true capabilities of the application IT, cloud, or data center and the entire application ecosystem. This exercise will ensure that all probably operational flaws, downtimes, inefficiencies and hurdles to be identified and highlighted. Upon completion of the audit the organization will be graded and rated per IDCA G Levels and applicable certification will be issued.

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Audit Reports

Comprehensive, detailed, informative, and essential…

Due to its universally effective approach, IDCA audit reports are highly regarded for their comprehensiveness, details, and effectiveness for the organization under assessment. The audit reports typically become part of the organization’s educational process to educate and inform the application, IT, data center, and cloud operations, maintenance, design, and implementation staff to understand the mistakes, flaws, and shortfalls and ensure such will not repeat themselves in the future. In addition, the report becomes a reference point for upcoming projects and a benchmark of compliance matrix for minimizing risks and non-compliances in the future. The organization undergoing IDCA audit can expect to receive grade certification and classification per every high-level component of its infrastructure, i.e. G0® Application.

The Auditor

Application Certified Auditor (APCA)®

Official IDCA Application Certified Auditors (APCAs)® play a critical role in the modern age assessment and validation of software and application services. An APCA® has traveled a long and extensive journey, fulfilling requirement after requirement to reach the stage of being able to audit and assess mission-critical application architecture, software infrastructure, and operation. All APCA®️ certified auditors, have first become Application Authority (APA)®️ certified, which means they are industry veterans, with many years of in-depth expertise, completed all IDCA education and certification ladder; have contributed significantly to the software and application services industry and community; and on top of all the above, have completed the rigid APCA® program.

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