Many large organisations and government departments spend weeks on the planning process and have many staff tied up in meetings, filling out forms and gathering information for the central planners.

The good news is that a smaller business can be more agile and the planning process far simpler. All you really need to do is understand how your business works and figure out how technology can help you achieve your goals. Then you just need to work out where the gaps are , that is, what needs to change in your technology portfolio. Do you have Windows XP? Would tablet pcs or iPads help your staff on the road? Write down what you have and what you would like to have. Then work out how to implement what you would like. Consider the aims you have and the values that are important to you. For example, do you want to work from anywhere ? Are you aiming to reduce power consumption to help reduce pollution

For example, if you have identified that you have a PC running Windows XP , find out what you want to replace it and how much it would cost. Don’t try to do it all on your own. Talk too many suppliers and ask your friends or family, especially of any are geeks. We like talking about these things!
Electronic Lighthouse can provide you with independent advice or if you are located in Brisbane or on the Sunshine Coast, take you on a personal shopping tour . But before you buy, there is one more thing to consider. This is how t9 build risk management in to your plans. Next week, we will talk about business continuity and show you how to do this. Let's go green

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