Information Technology Planning
The Web. The
Internet. Wireless. Hand-held PDA. E-Commerce.
Purchased versus in-house services. Packaged versus customized
software. The pervasive world of information technology seemingly
changes by the week. Each of these changes represents a new
skill set for personnel, a new competitive opportunity for the
organization, a new “must stay current” requirement impacting budget
and resource planning. Long-term planning for information
technology and its impact on the organization can often seem a futile
never-ending endeavor, yet to ignore these demands is to put the
institution’s future at significant risk.
The Pappas Consulting Group Inc. provides a
comprehensive program of information technology planning techniques to
assist education and non-profit clients in managing the chaos of this
rapid change into a focused but flexible path towards the future.
We recognize that technology services are not just about technology,
but have a major impact on the Mission, culture, priorities, business
operational practices, and working environment for the people of the
organization. We help people to:
- Understand the scope of opportunities for what technology can do for the Mission and operation of the organization;
- Identify the range of options for providing technology solutions;
- Forecast the true effort that will be required throughout the
organization to implement and support future technology directions;
- Evaluate and plan for the impact of technology choices on the
Mission, strategic objectives, operations, and the people who work at,
and are served by, the institution; and
- Develop the project plans and institute the project management
framework necessary to accomplish subsequent project goals within
scope, costs, and agreed-to expected outcomes.
Information technology planning can be focused on one or all of the following key areas:
- Technology Organization and Support: governance and
planning; technology organizational structure; campus-wide operational
and support roles; HELP desk functions; technology skill assessment;
budgeting, training, procurement support functions
- Technology Infrastructure: hardware configuration;
networking configuration; database configuration and
inter-connectivity; data center operational procedures and structure;
quality assurance / change management controls; security controls
- Business Applications: application software review; identify critical failures; develop functional requirements; create high-level design solutions
Comprehensive Services Program
In assisting our clients with their information
technology needs, we provide a process and comprehensive services to
meet the specific requirements of the individual institution. One
or more of the following services can be adapted, tailored, and
utilized as needed in the manner most appropriate for each client to
accomplish its information technology planning requirements.
Other planning services can also be utilized as appropriate to
supplement this program of IT planning services.
- Audit of Institutional Readiness for Change – Culture and Commitment
- Development of Consensus For Expected Outcomes
- Identification of Business Drivers for Institutional Technology
(current business functions and reporting not working properly,
business functions and reporting not being supported, anticipation of
future business needs [competitive, regulatory, productivity, accountability, partnerships, new services])
- Identification of Institutional Opportunities from Technology
(efficiencies [financial, FTE, resources], enhanced constituent
services, personnel realignments, improved working environment,
enhanced management support, comprehensive institutional and
constituent reporting, new marketing and service opportunities)
- Development of Design Options and Alternative (technology design, business processing design, organizational design)
- Forecasting Change Impact on the Organization (re-distribution of work
responsibilities, strategies for responding to resistance to change,
re-drafting of job descriptions, evaluation of current/future skills
required, planning for staff development and training needs)
- Purchasing Execution (identification of needed products and
services to be purchased, preparation of appropriate Requests for
Purchase [RFPs], assistance in vendor selection, assistance in contract
negotiation, assistance in financial and funding planning)
Oversight and Vendor Management (development of implementation plans,
development of training plan for project teams, orientation and
transition support for new vendors selected, oversight of the
implementation process: scope, budget, and timelines, quality assurance
for implementation activities and their outcomes, independent progress
and status reporting to institutional leadership)
In delivering this package of services, we ensure that:
- We are and will remain vendor-independent for any subsequent products or services obtained by the institution.
All services will be provided in an integrated method to ensure compatibility and to eliminate redundancy.
All project activities will be fully inter-connected among vendors,
users, project team(s), and the agreed-upon project goals and scope.
Technology decisions and designs will be connected to institutional
Mission, culture, strategic plans and objectives, and business processes.
facets of the institution will be incorporated into project planning,
implementation, and outcomes, including: service outcomes,
institutional personnel, technical skillsets, job descriptions,
organizational structure, constituents/customers, hardware, software,
networking, technology support requirements, and planning for future
Senior Consulting Associate
Pappas Consulting Group Inc.