How much planning is enough?

Among other philanthropic pursuits, John. D. Rockefeller donated significantly to the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains, Acadia, Shenandoah, and Grand Teton national parks.

When someone asked John D. Rockefeller how much planning was enough, his response was a little bit more.

Some of us think ahead. And some of us are reactionaries. But planning is something we should all get our heads around because, when in place, it means decisions we make are supported by solid thinking. The dictionary defines planning as an intention or decision about what one is going to do.

Your business requires those intentions and decisions in the navigation of your IT network. You will benefit greatly by having flexibility to change on the fly when the unexpected happens, your market changes, or your business plan needs revamping.

So how do you start deeper planning of your IT systems when you’re already well on your way or well established?

A few stop and plan turning points include:

  • Early in the process when considering adding or changing a line of business
  • Before it is time to submit a budget
  • When you anticipate growth in the business, either in revenue, staff or space.
  • During your annual and/or semi-annual corporate meetings

Planning in today’s world must naturally include changes and updates to your IT network that will facilitate, support and make possible the desired changes and growth in your business. Without a constantly updated plan for back-up and disaster recovery, your business could be vulnerable to cyber attacks or natural disasters, and operations down for longer than necessary. Having a plan for Windows and other software updates, firewall security and a long-to-short-range plan for progressing to cloud-based technology and back-ups is critical for any business.

And now we have the inevitable question—so how do I plan to plan? First, engage Carolinas NetCare in your planning process. Review with us your organization’s short- and long-term goals. Involve your key leaders and make sure you reserve time to dedicate to planning, both as a group and as individual decision makers.

Remember, we’re your partner, here to make sure your IT systems don’t keep you from greater success and higher profits.

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