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A Publication Featuring The Information Services Technology of Maine State Government
Volume IV, Issue 6
By Harry Lanphear, CIOOne of my top priorities since joining State government has been to determine the best way to develop a comprehensive strategic IT plan as requested by Governor King and Commissioner Waldron, and as required by the Legislature. My experience has been that results are achieved more quickly if there is broad buy in to the strategic approach we are all working toward. After discussing this with many people, we determined that a state-wide team effort was needed. To facilitate this process, we will be issuing an RFP over the next few weeks. The consultant we hire through the RFP will help assess our current situation, recommend strategic initiatives to enhance efficiency, develop best-in-class approaches used by other states, and recommend benchmarks to help us strive for continuous improvement. While comprehensive in nature, we expect to complete this project in three to four months so it will be closely aligned to the July 2001- June 2003 budget.
Key Elements of the Plan
The benefits of a comprehensive plan are significant. It will provide a common infrastructure architecture for everyone to use when planning IT initiatives. It will facilitate the project approval and contracting process. It will provide further justification of IT expenditures as those issues come before the Legislature. And finally, it will ensure that we are maximizing the use of our limited resources while striving to meet the demands of the citizens and businesses of Maine.
The current plan is to launch this project in early July. The Office of the CIO looks forward to working with all of the state agencies and other stakeholders to develop a plan that will help drive e-Volution.
Harry Lanphear has been the State of Maine Chief Information Officer since February 26. Feel free to call 624-7561 or E-mail email@example.com with comments or questions.