Throughout the Statewide IT Planning process a bevy of information is collected from 48 Executive Branch state agencies, the Legislative Assembly, the Legislative Council, and the Judicial Branch. Key information from that process is published within the Statewide IT Plan. More of the collected information is published within state agency-specific IT Operations Plans.

Beyond that there are trends and inferences that can be made when all of the data is considered. This page provides “at a glance” charts and summaries that convey this information. Please note that for any given section the percentages are based on the amount of responses received for that particular section (more agencies may have responded to one particular section than the amount that responded in another).

Additionally, the information on this page focuses on trends in state government agencies, and not within Higher Education nor the Education Technology Council.

IT Plan Goals

The Statewide IT Plan categorizes all information under four primary goals:

  1. Expand North Dakota’s services to reach citizens and businesses anytime, anywhere. (ACCESS)
  2. Deliver solutions that empower decision makers. (INFORMATION)
  3. Meet changing business needs by delivering secure and effective technology services while safeguarding citizen privacy. (RELIABILITY)
  4. Pursue streamlined business processes and innovative partnerships that improve North Dakota’s government service. (EFFICIENCY)

The chart below shows the percentage of individual agency IT goals that fell within these overall statewide goal categories.

Agency Strategies Aligned Under IT Plan Goals


Agency Goals and Strategies

The types of goals and strategies that individual agencies are looking to deploy are specific to their “lines of business.” As such, the IT planning process collected 160 IT goals across state government. When these seemingly disparate goals are categorized, however, trends appear in what they are trying to achieve, as is shown in the chart below.

Agency Goals and Strategies


Current Biennium Accomplishments (2015-2017)

Such as is the case with agency goals and strategies, accomplishments are varied and are dialed in to specific lines of business. These accomplishments also fall into broader categories which are shown in the chart below.

Accomplishments by Category


Planned Activities (for 2017-2019)

Initiatives and activities that agencies plan to do are also varied, yet fall into some broad categories. The chart below shows how these planned activities play out for 2017-2019.

Planned Activities by Category

Note: Enterprise changes represented here are ITD-driven efforts.

Technologies Being Investigated

This category is phrased in the context of an agency looking into a technology that is new for that agency. The agency may be in a first-adopter scenario, or it may be looking to adopt something that has already been implemented at another agency. The chart below shows the types of technologies agencies are investigating.

Types of Technologies Being Investigated

Note: There is an ITD initiative for 2017-2019 to “Provide an IT ecosystem that enables the managed utilization of the “Internet of Things.” Part of the 12% of technologies categorized under Infrastructure, the State Water Commission is the one agency which detailed active pursuit of the use of IoT devices.


New Project Requests

As part of the IT Planning process, agencies fill out "New Project Worksheets" for projects they plan to do that are anticipated to cost $100,000 and over. The worksheets detail a high level business need, a solution proposal, budget estimates, and a high level risk assessment. The chart below shows how many worksheets were prepared for 2017-2019.

New Project Requests



To dive further into the details of any of the scenarios presented in this document, the following is available:

The Statewide IT Plan (on the ITD public web site).

Agency-specific IT Operations Plans (on the ITD public web site).

IT Planning Raw Data. This is a spreadsheet (internal ITD access only) containing tabs that consolidate all of the raw data that was filed as part of IT Operations Plan submissions. There will be more information in this document than is available in any of the other documents. For example, if you want to know specifically which agencies are planning to do regarding “website efforts,” you can find that detail in this spreadsheet.