In an economy increasingly driven by technological change, businesses need to stay abreast of the latest innovations to keep their competitive edge and access new market opportunities. This process should be continuous in order to keep a business up to date, but also requires that you take some time before every major technology upgrade to plan out your strategy, requirements, implementation plan, training program and response to potential contingencies. These steps are the building blocks of effective technological implementation plans.
Define a Strategy and Requirements
The first step in a technological implementation plan is defining your technological requirements. Depending on the nature of your business these can be a need to accelerate certain work processes, enable better communication between employees and contractors, or create new products for a new technological niche. After determining your requirements, you should define a basic strategy for achieving your goals, including whether you want to focus on hardware or software improvements and what financial and personnel resources you can devote to the implementation plan.
Development and Implementation Calendar
Technological implementation requires time and resources. Every implementation plan should include a detailed description of what tasks need to be accomplished and what equipment needs to be purchased during the implementation period. This advanced planning helps a business anticipate costs, avoid delays and minimize interruptions to work processes using the previous technology. Employees can also benefit from knowing when technological resources such as printers or servers will be offline during the process to plan their work around interruptions.