IT Planning

IT Planning is a process managed by ITD through which state agencies establish objectives for technology activities that are in line with their strategic goals. Historically, IT Plans have been a printed document and/or a PDF version of that document. As technology continues to evolve in exponentially shorter cycles, the ways in which IT managers plan and track strategies, goals, and initiatives needs to be more adaptable (while being transparent to the legislature and to the public). Because of this, IT Plans will be "reinvented" in a dashboard format starting at the end of 2018. The Publications page contains links to past technology plans. This dashboard contains data about initiatives that are currently in progress within ITD. The 2019-2021 Statewide IT Plan will utilize similar dashboard techniques to present goal, objective, and accomplishment information moving forward.

Overview of the 2019-2021 Statewide IT Planning Process

  • For 2019-2021, there will be an emphasis on reinventing the processes of Statewide IT Planning
  • Reinvention will include a new data gathering tool, new IT roles to assist in creating IT plans, and a complete change in the format of the final plan (a web site which will include data presented in a dashboard format)
  • ITD will notify agencies of the details of how the IT planning process works for the 2019-2021 biennium beginning in late May/early June 2018
  • IT Planning Consultants from ITD will schedule meetings with Agency Staff beginning in June 2018
  • Participants have until August 15, 2018, to enter new data, and to update existing data, into the data gathering tool
  • Major projects are ranked by SITAC in September 2018
  • The Statewide IT Plan is published online prior to the beginning of the legislative session

When you are ready to plan, a detailed description of the planning process and requirements is available.

Per NDCC 54-59-11.: Each executive branch state agency or institution, excluding the institutions under the control of the board of higher education, unless the chief information officer grants an exemption, shall participate in the information technology planning process based on guidelines developed by the department . The plan must be submitted to the department by August fifteenth of each even-numbered year unless the chief information officer grants an extension. The department shall review each entity’s plan for compliance with statewide information technology policies and standards and may require an entity to change its plan to comply with statewide policies or standards or to resolve conflicting directions among plans. Agencies of the judicial and legislative branches shall file their information technology plans with the department by August fifteenth of each even-numbered year. Based on the plans, the department shall prepare a statewide information technology plan and distribute copies of that plan … . The statewide information technology plan must be developed with emphasis on long-term strategic goals, objectives, and accomplishments.

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