B. Pursuing the vision: Seven Key Initiatives
Based on the conclusions of the workshop and as subsequently refined in discussions with the principal IT advisory groups, the Commonwealth IT community has identified seven key initiatives that must be pursued to build the technology foundation for the future, which is a prerequisite for later projects that can help us to realize the vision. The key initiatives fall into three foundational "building block" categories:
· Robust, agile enterprise IT infrastructure. The IT infrastructure comprises the basic technical underpinnings upon which rest the business services and applications that, in turn, support government functions.
· Shared services and applications. These are the systems and services that perform vital government business functions. Some of these systems, or parts of them, perform functions that are useful across multiple agencies.
· Common, effective management practices. These are the policies, procedures, and practices necessary for efficient, transparent management of IT systems, operations, and services. Generally, these practices should be adopted uniformly across state agencies.
The following diagram shows how the key initiatives fall into these three foundational building blocks. Please note that there are numerous other elements that make up the foundational building blocks, many of which are in place today. Some of them may require renewal or upgrade over time. In addition there are four supporting initiatives described in Section IV.C that are underway now and that will also contribute to building the foundation.
Figure 4. Seven Key Initiatives to Realize the Vision
Although they will be challenging and complex to implement, completing these seven initiatives will have an enormous impact on the Commonwealth's ability to build efficient and effective systems in the future.
Robust, agile enterprise IT infrastructure
|1. Secretariat Consolidation|
|Description||Plan and implement initiatives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of IT services across agencies for each Secretariat within the Executive Department.|
|2. Shared service oriented architecture (SOA) infrastructure|
|Description||Work collaboratively to develop shared infrastructure services that can be used by multiple agencies to support Service Oriented Architecture applications|
|3. Network Architecture|
|Description||Develop an enterprise network architecture plan that addresses voice/data convergence, reduces duplication and redundancy, and accommodates scalability for future needs|
|4. Enterprise security plan|
|Description||Develop an enterprise-wide IT Security Plan consistent with established best practices|
Shared services and applications
|5. Civic engagement strategy|
|Description||Develop a strategy to ensure that IT investments are designed to promote civic engagement with the aim of increasing state government transparency and access|
|6. Identity Management|
|Description||Develop an enterprise identity management framework for Commonwealth employees, business partners and citizens|
Common, effective management practices
|7. Enhanced procurement processes|
|Description||Coordinate IT procurement efforts across entities of the Commonwealth to leverage our purchasing power for best price and optimal services|
Created 12/1/08: Information provided by ITD's Planning & Strategy Office
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