Creating a technology plan that supports your organization’s goals is imperative to reducing your technology expenses. A technology plan can be as simple as a one or two page document in which you have stated your organization’s goals and how you plan to use technology to achieve those goals. Creating a plan with real strategies will help you focus on what types of technology really helps and what types of technology may be unnecessary.
Steve Joyner Consulting Services has created simple and complex technology plans for our customers and we understand how to use this process to focus on technology that matters and supports your mission. One of the primary reasons for overspending on technology is most organizations never spend even a small amount of time really thinking about what they are trying to accomplish with technology.
A working technology plan does not have to be complex, nor does it need to be time consuming. With a good plan that supports your mission most organizations can avoid creating a “hodge-podge” of technology solutions that often result in disappointment. The lack of good planning also often results in unreliable technology systems and poorly managed technology implementations.
We cannot stress enough the value of planning. Through good planning, organizations will avoid many unnecessary future expenses and can redeploy the technology they have to maximize its value. We often find underutilized equipment, software, and services when we perform our initial analysis of technology utilization. A good plan will help you see and understand how you can get more value for your technology investment and will magnify those areas where you may not be getting the results you desire for the investment you’ve made.