DIY technology planning resources

Want to get the most out of your technology? You’ve come to the right place! Having a technology plan is your first step to IT enlightenment. Download the presentation to to learn more about crafting your own plan.

Technology planning templates

  • Sample Technology Inventory (doc)
    Understanding what you have now is the first step to getting a handle on what you’ll need in the future. Download this technology inventory template and get started!
  • Sample Budget for Technology Investments (doc)
    This sample budget will show you how to document purchases, amounts, technical specs and the vendors you would like to purchase investments from.
  • Sample Technology Action Plan (doc)
    This example of an action plan will help you go from technology plan to real results in implenting changes in practice, and product for your organization. Use this to cleary define what needs to be done, and who is responsible for these actions within your organizations.

Useful websites and resources

  • Belarc
    Belarc provides an application that you can download to your desktop and use to find out what programs are on your computer. It’s a great first step to documenting what you have right now in terms of software and even the stats of your hardware.
  • Microsoft Volume Licensing
    If you’ve bought Microsoft software for your organization through TechSoup or through other providers of businesses licenses for Microsoft, you can create an account on this website and track your existing licenses.
  • TechSoup
    TechSoup is a source of some really amazingly discounted software and hardware for nonprofits. If you don’t have an account already, we highly recommend applying for one. It’s easy to do, and it can save you thousands of dollars.
  • Remote Web Workplace
    This service is like LogMeIn but much cheaper! Access your work computer and email from home. Never forget a file again.
  • Register.com
    This provider is a cheap source of SSL certificates.
  • OpenDNS
    OpenDNS provides a free ad-based service that allows you to block malicious or distracting websites at your office. It also allows you to track what websites people are going to using your internet as well.
Cary Walski
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Cary is the technology education and outreach coordinator at MAP for Nonprofits. She is responsible for the MAP TechWorks website and its content, coordinates TechWorks classes, and maintains and curates the Tech Talk listserve.

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