Planning your IT Plans

Your company, like Jolera, is likely again fine tuning long-range IT plans and finalizing 2016 OPEX  (operating expenditure) and CAPEX  ( capital expenditure) budgets.

The standard process begins with a perspective on the global forces shaping your company’s environment. Next the economic and political environment is examined.   Finally a microscopic examination of the forces affecting your immediate competitive environment are considered.  IT Plans are longer-lived likely to reflect a 3 to 4-year horizon.

Things to take in account for 2016

  1. There is going to be a Presidential Election in the US on Nov. 8, 2016.  I’m certain you have heard that Donald Trump is doing well in many polls.
  2. The world’s biggest aircraft is scheduled to be launched
  3. The world’s largest battery factory will be commissioned in 2016  (or maybe in 2017)
  4. The world’s biggest radio telescope will begin scanning outer space in 2016.
  5. The newly expanded Panama Canal will open for business.
  6. After 20 years of digging the world’s longest rail tunnel will open for traffic in Switzerland
  7. Android operating systems are projected to capture 80% of the global smartphone market by 2018


Here is how IBM has done with its 5-year long-range projections.   In 2011, it predicted that by 2016;

  • You will make your own energy: Anything that moves has the potential to create energy. Your running shoes, your bicycle and even the water flowing through your pipes can generate energy.
  • You will not need a password: Your biological makeup is the key to your individual identity, and soon, it will become the key to safeguarding it.
  • Mind reading is no longer science fiction: Scientists are researching how to link your brain to your devices, such as a computer or a smartphone, so you just need to think about calling someone and it happens.
  • The digital divide will cease to exist: In five years, the gap between information haves and have-nots will narrow considerably due to advances in mobile technology.
  • Junk mail will become priority mail: Think about the flood of advertisements we consider to be irrelevant or unwanted – it doesn’t have to be that way anymore.

I would score them about  2.5 out of 5.  Not really that bad if you consider the millions we spend on weather forecasting and only improve on saying “tomorrow’s weather will be same as today’s”  by about 10%.


Your company’s plans, like ours, may be a little more focused on new products, revised market strategies, revenue projections, expense containment and capital budgets.  What we have found is that the numbers are usually wrong.  However, the exercise of getting our people to discuss what is feasible, what is happening in the business and what our customer are thinking is invaluable.

If you are thinking about changing or improving your IT system performance, or looking for more cost-effective solutions to resolve operational issues call Jolera.   Our people will be happy to sit down with you and your team to discuss how your IT plans can be modified today to reduce costs and simultaneously allow for technological innovations we see coming around the bend tomorrow.  And on the subject of innovations have you enabled God Mode in Windows 10?