2012 Update to the California IT Strategic Plan: Focusing on Outcomes

California state government is leveraging technology to serve Californians in a way that is convenient, efficient, and economical. The 2012 IT Strategic Plan encourages the state to focus on the outcomes technology can deliver while responding to critical issues facing the stateís information technology community. Most importantly, this plan describes changes that will improve collaboration and governance among the state's IT community and ensure California has the workforce needed to address the challenges that lie ahead.

The 2012 plan rationalizes strategies articulated in earlier strategic plans, as well as addresses the most pressing issues to the state government and state governmentís technology community. The purpose of this plan is not just to do things better, but to make certain California is also focused on the outcomes that have the greatest impact on Californians and achieving them in the most efficient way possible. The planís five strategic goals are:

  1. Accessible and Mobile Government
  2. Leadership and Collaboration Yield Results
  3. Efficient, Consolidated, and Reliable Infrastructure and Services
  4. Information is an Asset
  5. Capable Information Technology Workforce

In addition to the technology-enabled framework of earlier plans, this plan adds six guiding principles:

  1. Accountability
  2. Collaboration
  3. Effectiveness
  4. Enterprise Value
  5. Leadership
  6. Service

These principles are lenses through which state government will look as it makes decisions, helping to more quickly determine if planned initiatives are in line with the state's long-term objectives.

The 2012 California IT Strategic Plan represents a changing dialogue in state government. While inputs, such as servers and infrastructure are essential, the outcomes technology provides to every day Californians are the primary focus.