For many not-for-profit companies, the fiscal year ends at June or July, so this is the time to create the budget for the coming fiscal year. Does your budget include addressing your organization’s IT needs?
IT costs can be controlled and predictable when steps are taken to properly maintain the IT infrastructure and cycle out aging IT assets in an orderly manner.
Here’s how to address this in 3 manageable steps:
Take stock of what your IT infrastructure is right now. In a small organization, this might be done visually, but generally, it’s much better to utilize a software tool to “discover” what you have, and output that information in a diagram and an accompanying asset list.
Often, the assessment will reveal some things that have to be addressed immediately, and if that’s the case, take steps to repair what’s truly not working. It can ensure your operations are stable and properly running as you address the next step, which is more strategic.
Forget technology for a minute. What are the goals for your organization over next 1, 2, 3 or 5 years? How do you envision the future? Then, compare that vision against your current IT infrastructure and decide how that environment would have to change to accommodate the organization and its operations if those goals are met. How can you ensure your technology will be appropriate for your future needs?
You’ll need to create a plan for achieving the change you’ll need, by the time you’ll need it.
For many companies, this type of strategic IT planning is not in their skill set. This is the purview of a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) or a Chief Information Officer (CIO) – to create a technology roadmap to match the company’s business goals. Clare Computer Solutions provides strategic IT planning and consulting, acting as a “virtual CIO” to help organizations just like yours achieve their goals. We can help you, too – contact us today to get started!