Making an Ultimate Technology Plan for the New Year
Times are changing. Apparently, this is the case considering we’re about to head into 2019. How is your current technology holding up at your company? If you feel like there are certain things that you need to change up to stay competitive, it might be time to confront this challenge head-on with an ultimate technology plan.
You may not be familiar with how to implement one, but once you learn the basics, which we are going to show you here today, it’s a smooth process that will have you on the road to an overall improvement in every aspect of your offices’ technological needs.
Let’s get started with how to create a technology plan for your company or small business so that when you head into the new year, you’ll be thoroughly prepared to be on the cutting edge tech-wise.
Step #1: Look Over Your Existing Technology
When you look around your small business or office setting, what do you see? Do you see old computers, old printers, and another dinosaur related tech that you aren’t even using anymore? Part of your plan should be to clear out old and outdated tech stuff that you probably aren’t using anymore.
Now is the time to recycle all of that and remove it for good from your workspace. It’s like a breath of fresh air when you clean out old technology this way. The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to do this. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much this can help to improve the overall attitude of an office or another work setting.
Step #2: Create an Ideal Budget
Mention the word budget and it always feels a little bit “heavy.” What can you afford? What can you really really afford? Sometimes what you need and what you can afford are two different things.
Create an ideal budget in mind that fits in with your revenue plan. You don’t want to overspend, but you do want to achieve your ultimate technology plan with the right budget in mind. Do the best you can with this.
It may require some research to figure out how to afford the technology items you need, but with the right focus, you should be able to obtain great technology that fits into your set budget.
Step #3: Plot Out What You Need
Figure out everything you need tech-wise and the cost for each item. Put all of it into your plan so that you can visualize having the full scope of your new tech at your disposal.
Don’t leave anything out to figure out later. Make this ultimate technology plan as detailed as possible so that you know exactly what you will end up with to ultimately suit your needs.
Step #4: Implement a Realistic Timeline (3-6 Months)
Most of the time you are going to want to get your new technology purchased over a few months. If you can afford it all at once, fantastic. If not, it’s okay to set up a realistic timeline to obtain everything you are going to need to have updated gear that works for you.
Many companies look for a timeline that extends around 3-6 months. If you need it to be shorter or longer, according to your individual company’s needs, that’s fine too. It all goes back to your budget and what you can afford to do at any one time. Or over a few months if need be. Your finance department will be able to assist you with this part of the technology plan.
Step #5: Write Your Plan Out in Detail
Your plan is known as your “technology vision statement.” Sounds pretty fancy, right? This is going to help you achieve your mission to be updated entirely going into the new year with your brand new technology in place.
You’ll be amazed at how much fresh tech will energize your team. Don’t underestimate the power of renewed vigor and the new year is the right time to have your technology planning accomplished. Set out and do it right so that you are ahead of the game in your industry.
It just makes everything you need to get done go a lot smoother for you and your team. After all the last thing you want as a cutting edge company is to look like you are lagging behind tech-wise. Your clients will pick up on your overall image and tech that isn’t up-to-date looks like an eyesore.
My philosophy when starting OTT was I wanted to create a place that I would want to work at (fun and friendly.) Where there was no corporate politics and we could just do our job fixing things and helping people. We can help people with their technology and not be arrogant or condescending to people. We can actually make a difference in peoples lives and not just say it but do it.