Get Your Tech Budget Approved
When evaluating your technical and tech staffing needs, look ahead so you steward the present as well as the future.
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There are three keys for planning and communicating technology budget requirements to those individuals who are less tech-savvy stakeholders, and often are ready with questions or statements like the following, aiming to cut into your plan.
“We’re sorry, but we need to cut your budget by another 10 percent.”
“Is this purchase request a need or a want?”
“Didn’t we just buy one of these last year?”
It’s not always easy to communicate to those outside the tech world about changes and needs in technology. So, budgeting for your church can be difficult.
“We’d like to install CAT5 network cable and run audio over IP, most likely Dante or AVB. We will connect the console directly to a snake with a single run and give each performer a personal mixer and wireless IEMs.”
To the technical folks, you know exactly what this means.
To the less technically inclined, such a statement may as well have been Klingon or Greek.
Having a well planned, forward-looking roadmap that is well communicated is essential to earning trust with those who will sign off on your budget.
Evaluate what you will need as your church grows in the next five years. Make sure you are looking at both technology and staffing. Will you be adding another campus? If so, that will mean multiple teams and twice the equipment. Will your youth group need an upgrade? Will you add services?
The reason we look ahead is not to get things in the budget now, but to plan smart growth as we develop the roadmap.
Design a Roadmap
Roadmaps enable you to make smart decisions now that will benefit you in the future.
Let’s say your church plans to grow over five years from 500 to 2,000 people across two campuses. You will share technical staff across campuses and would like to train youth apprentices to fill in. How can you build a roadmap to two campuses that reflects good stewardship of money and people?
You might start with a Midas M32 console, a Dante network card and Livemix personal monitors (supporting up to 16 musicians for under $10,000). As the youth department grows, install a Behringer X32 with the same operating system as the M32.
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