By now 2012 is in full swing: the holidays already seem a distant memory and Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner. Yet, it's still a brand-new year, making it a great time to think about your tech plan for the next few years.

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Just as a good coach can't lead his or her team to victory without a plan, neither should you leave your organization's technology decisions to chance. Planning is the best way to avoid mishaps, wasted time, and misspent money.

Of course, this is easier said than done, and the planning process often brings up tough questions. Wisdom holds that those tough questions are good — just the thing to think through to get your priorities straight. But that doesn't make the questions any less difficult.

What does help is the advice of experts and peers. And TechSoup's Tech Planning forum offers just that.

Whether you have specific inquiries about your IT request system or are aiming to overhaul your entire data management hardware and software systems, our Tech Planning forum is the place to get your questions answered.

Along with thousands of your nonprofit and library peers who've faced the same questions, our Tech Planning forum is frequented by some of our favorite tech experts.

Leading the group is forum host and TechSoup staffer Richard Collins. Here at TechSoup, Richard wears the hat of senior director for information systems security. And with 20 years of industry experience under his belt, there are few of your tech planning questions that Richard couldn't answer. Other helpful folks on tap include TechSoup's senior network and systems engineer Ross Braden and IT consultant Peter Cheer.

Not a member of our forums or need help getting started? Use these resources to get on track.

TechSoup also offers a wealth of other tech planning resources. Don't miss the collected wisdom and experience of these articles and recorded webinars.



Check out the full list of resources, ask your questions in our Tech Planning forum, and let us know in the comments what your 2012 tech goals are.

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Michael DeLong | Online Community Manager