Technology Plan assess current IT needs VS future to develop a strategic plan for using technology to solve real business problem, cut cost, and generate revenue. Then it assists in developing a three to five year time-phased Technology Plan that enables you to execute your Business Plan with appropriate technology at the lowest possible cost.
Technology Plan must include consolidation, coordination, and standardization of information technology. It must also address the areas of network infrastructure, cabling, RF, network delivered services, desktop configuration, and technical administrative planning, support,training, and documentation over the term of the Technology Plan.
Technology Plan must also leverage current technology investment where possible provided that legacy technology is viable and does not adversely impact business throughput.
The following application standards must be established:
1. Office Productivity (MS Office, OpenOffice.org)
2. E-mail System and Software
3. Browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Foxfire)
4. Personal Information Manager
5. Mainframe or outside system access
7. Scanning and OCR
8. Reader Adobe Acrobat
9. Small Procurement (Pcard)
11. AntiVirus and Adware
13. Accounting / ERP / CRM
14. Backup Software and Media
15. Networking Monitor software
16. Operating Systems (Microsoft, Unix, Linux, Apple)
Server, Workstation, Printer, and Laptop Standards must be established. Standards should be reviewed and updated annually, or as needed. However, the standard should be adhered to if at all possible. Standardization allows the company to buy and deliver technology at a better price. It also eases the cost and time spent on setup, maintenance, and technical support.