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At Toronto Net Tuesday on March 13 2012, Tierney (TechSoup Canada's Manager of Learning & Special Projects) led the group of nonprofits through a technology self-assessment to determine the areas ...

At Toronto Net Tuesday on March 13 2012, Tierney (TechSoup Canada's Manager of Learning & Special Projects) led the group of nonprofits through a technology self-assessment to determine the areas where they need to focus. A full recap of the event, along with resources, is available here: http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/community/blog/toronto_net_tuesday/tech_planning_workshop

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Getting started with tech planning Getting started with tech planning Presentation Transcript

  • GET A HANDLE ON YOUR TECHNOLOGY: AMINI-WORKSHOP
  • We help nonprofits use technology to achieve their full potential.We do this by lowering the barriers to technology through access to tools, knowledge, training and talent.
  • Learn About TechnologyGet Products Register your organization today, to be eligible to request over 300 products from 28 donor partners! www.TechSoupCanada.ca/getting_started
  • TechSoup Canada Donations Program More than 300+ Products from 28 Corporate Donors.Available to registered charities, nonprofits and libraries.
  • AGENDAWelcome & IntroductionsWhy is technology planning important?Technology self-assessmentSetting prioritiesSharing & discussion
  • INTRODUCTIONSNameOrganizationWhat are you hoping to get out of thisevening?
  • WHY PLAN FOR TECHNOLOGY?Tierney SmithTechSoup Canada
  • YOUR ORGANIZATION IS LIKE A HOUSE…
  • MOST IMPORTANT IS YOUR MISSION Mission
  • WHICH YOU WORK TOWARDS THROUGH YOURPROGRAMS & SERVICES Mission Programs & Services
  • TO FUNCTION, YOUR PROGRAMS NEED ASTRONG FOUNDATION Mission Programs & Services Admin & Shared Services
  • PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER! Mission Programs & Services Admin & Shared Services
  • LET’S FOCUS ON YOUR TECHNOLOGYFOUNDATION Mission Programs & Services Technology
  • WE ALL WANT THIS:
  • BUT THIS IS MORE THE REALITY:
  • WHICH IS FINE… UNTIL THIS HAPPENS:
  • • What makes a goodtechnology foundation?• How do I balance competing priorities?• If everything is a mess, where do I start?
  • SELF-ASSESSMENT
  • 4 FACETS OF TECH PLANNING1. The Basics2. Day-to-Day3. Strategy4. Innovation
  • THE BASICS• Up to date technology• Support• Security• Backup• Policies
  • DAY-TO-DAY• What are all the types of software you use to do your work?• Think of: • Installed software • Online (cloud) programs • Databases
  • STRATEGY• It’s hard to make progress if your leadership doesn’t buy in!• Technology decisions shouldn’t be an afterthought. Tie it to strategy & program goals.
  • INNOVATION• Technology is always changing… so there’s always room to grow & learn• Transforming your organization• Transforming service delivery
  • BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER• Count up your “score” in each area
  • PRIORITIZING• You can’t do everything at once• Where do you need to focus?• Be realistic.Pick 2 areas to focus on.
  • PRIORITIZING
  • SHARING• What parts of the assessment did you score well on? Or not?• What surprised you?• What have you chosen as your 2 priorities?
  • WHAT’S NEXT?• Planning timeline• Budgeting• Learning about tools, case studies• Mobilize resources • Tech-savvy staff, volunteers, consultants• Lather, rinse, repeat • Reassess in a few months
  • ONLINE RESOURCES• Technology planning series of articleshttp://techsoupcanada.ca/learning_centre/articles/tech_planning_getting_started• Tech planning resources in our Learning Centrehttp://techsoupcanada.ca/learning_centre/topics/tech_planning• List of some common nonprofit toolshttp://www.techsoupcanada.ca/checklist• Reviews of cloud toolshttp://www.platformation.ca/
  • RECOMMENDED READING• Managing Technology to Meet Your MissionEdited By Holly Ross, Katrin Verclas and Allison Levine• The Networked NonprofitBy Beth Kanter and Allison Fine