This is a completely new and very specialized form of systems planning. It is designed to be a "Quick Hit" that will chart a path for moving government transactions to Internet Technology.
This E-Government Plan should be completed in "Internet Time" of ten weeks or less. (However, this effort should be quickly followed by a complete Information Technology Strategic Plan)
The intent is to quickly identify the functions and/or transactions of a government agency that should be moved to Internet technology for on-line service to the public. The planning process will identify the development and implementation strategy and the proposed architecture. Implementation of the plan is easier, faster and cheaper today because the tools for interfacing Internet applications with legacy systems and data, are much more sophisticated today than they were a couple of years ago. Because of the speed and capacity of today's hardware and software, the linkage between Internet and Legacy can be accomplished without much of the intermediate conversion and warehousing techniques of the recent past. For more details, see Rapid Deployment Strategy.
Following are the major components of the E-Government planning effort:
The above major components are defined as follows:
An image of what the organization should be in the future which provides purpose and guides decisions.
The major blocks of achievements that will lead to the Strategic Vision.
Internet Tactical Plan
The high level strategy for moving the organizational interface with its' customers to the Internet, as appropriate.
Services to be moved to the Internet
Through interviews, data gathering and analysis, the services are defined that could potentially become Internet transactions.
The systems analysis that identifies the techniques and software needed to link legacy systems and data to Internet applications.
The hardware, software and network strategy that will enable the Internet design
A strategy for "on demand" conversion of data from diverse data bases
An estimate of the time and cost required to develop and implement data interfaces and Internet applications
The task list, schedule and assignments for implementation of the plan.