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Technology should be helping your organization, not holding it back. But in Idealware’s work with nonprofits, we often see organizations struggling with technology that limits their abilities. Luckily, some simple planning — along with great resources like TechSoup — can go a long way toward resolving problems and preventing future issues.
How do you go take a technology action plan from concept to reality and make it approachable and feasible? The short answer is, in two separate steps — first you plan out what you’re going to do, and then you implement it. Assume that planning will take about half your time and effort, and implementation the other half.
Below, we've created an overview of what the process might look like for each stage.
Want to learn more about goal-setting, project planning, and defining a technology plan for your organization? At Idealware, we created the On Demand Tactical Technology Planning to walk you through the entire process — and we recently partnered with TechSoup to make it available to nonprofits for a generous discount. The entire course is on-demand, which means you can take it on your schedule, at your pace, and on the device of your choice, and share it with as many colleagues within your organization as you’d like to help your team plan together. Use the associated workbook to help apply what you're learning to your own organization.
You'll finish with a working tactical technology plan specific to your organization's needs for technology infrastructure, both now and in the future. Start your organization down the right path at tacticaltech.idealware.org.
Learn more great tips about tech planning during a free webinar on tactical tech planning with my co-worker Andrea Barry this Thursday, April 24 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern).