Managing the rapid pace of technology change and the costs associated with its implementation has risen to the forefront of management consideration. The realization that as IT moves to the core of businesses, planning is essential if systems success and leverage are to be achieved. Strategic Information Plans (IT Master Plans in the airport industry) provide executive management with a prioritized road map and master plan for implementing systems and technology.
DCG has developed many such Plans for public sector entities, and utilizes a structured approach which includes:
Review and assessment of the direct IT organization and other support resources
Critical Success Factor (CSF) analysis
Analysis of IT costs/spending against industry benchmarks
Technical assessment of key applications
Evaluation of technology directions/alternatives
Special emphasis review of key areas critical to management
Comparison of IT practices and trends against a group of industry peers
The Plan results in recommendations in the areas of Planning & Control Strategy; Network/Telecommunications Strategy; Hardware/Platform Strategy; Desktop Strategy; Applications Strategy; IT Organization Strategy.
DCG then works with management to prioritize study results and develops a comprehensive Action Plan, which prioritizes the specific agreed-upon projects resulting from the Plan. Finally, DCG uses its proprietary a modeling tool which provides a detailed three (3) year implementation schedule that includes cost and resources required to implement the Plan.
IT Strategic Plans or Master Plans generally take an enterprise view, however, Plans can and are also developed for individual departments or functions of an organization.
Houston Airport System (multiple plans)
Quiport - New Quito International Airport (Quito, Ecuador)
Kenton County Airport Board (Cincinnati)
City of Houston, Texas
City of Houston - Dept of Public Works & Engineering
City of Houston Municipal Courts
Spring Branch Independent School District