Implementing the Plan
In addition to exploring the areas of technology outlined in the preceding pages, Michigan will be moving from "Vision to Action," and carrying out the 2008-2012 Michigan IT Strategic Plan according to the action steps outlined below. The figure below illustrates how the driving principles-developed with and for IT stakeholders across Michigan-are linked to the resulting six goals and related activities described throughout this plan.
Step One: Build Upon Existing Strengths and Best Practices
Building upon existing gubernatorial leadership and aligning to the Cabinet Action Plan (CAP) and agency business plans is critical. Given Michigan's IT maturity and existing capabilities as well as the strategic role of IT, the State can now aggressively move into a shared, cross-boundary service model with national-caliber information and performance management.
Step Two: Remain Active and Engaged with National and Global Issues
Steadfast recognition of changing national and global issues will also play a role in moving this plan forward. Globalization and the new economy, consumerization of IT and social networking are just a few of the topics to consider, not to mention utilizing sustainable resources and assuring
privacy and security are also key.
Step Three: Address Michigan's Priorities
Development and integration of the plan must be closely tied to the priorities specific to the state of Michigan. To this end, we must:
- Maintain Statewide Alignment: Provide IT support to the CAP and agency business plan priorities and strategies, strengthening existing initiatives and identifying new opportunities
- Challenge Structural Status Quo: Leverage the strategic role of IT, emphasize innovation and transformation through partnerships with Pew and A. T. Kearney, Inc.
- Develop Signature IT Initiatives: Provide issue assessment, solution and process design and IT support for selected flagship issue areas such as economic development, health care and education
- Support Agency Priorities: Listen to agencies and develop innovative but practical IT solutions that meet agency needs
Step Four: Bridge Driving Principles and Goals and Incorporate them into Daily Activity
The illustration above provides a framework of principles that bridge and integrate goals, strategies and initiatives and guides both the IT strategic direction, as well as IT plan implementation. Among other things, over the next five years, we must develop remaining functional and service area plans, organize strategic technologies both at the enterprise level as well as targeted principles and goal areas and develop and integrate a shared services model.