CAS Severn Develops IT Strategy for Maryland College

Challenge

A need for a plan to support and grow the college’s IT infrastructure for the future.

Solution

CAS Severn consultants provided a blueprint outlining the steps the college could take to meet its IT goals and keep up with a growing demand.

Results

  • The final report included a detailed roadmap for implementing each of the 13 initiatives the college set out, complete with duration and start and end dates.
  • The report gave priorities, critical paths, success factors, and budget implications for the recommended projects.

Market: Education

Solution Area: IT Strategic Planning

A Maryland College approached CAS Severn for advice and recommendations on its IT strategy for the future. The school’s goal, and overall mission, was to be the best of its kind. CAS Severn consultants, teamed with IBM, provided a path to complete 13 initiatives to improve its IT position for the future.

To develop the strategic report, CAS Severn consultants met with focus groups that included school officials, students, staff, administrative employees, and IT service employees. As expected, each group had different priorities as far as their IT needs were concerned, and those were taken into account when our consultants devised the final strategic report.

The other side of the assessment phase included taking a quantitative look at the systems and infrastructure that was already in place at the school. Our consultants looked at what the infrastructure was currently supporting and looked at the goals put in place by the school to see what they would need to do to meet the goals.

For each of the 13 initiatives, we provided a description of the initiative and why it might be good fit. Among the initiatives were cloud computing, IT governance, and social network integration. The consultants provided a strategic alignment to see if that solution would fit in with the overall organizational goals. They looked at organizational implications of implementing the solution, assessed the dependencies and risks, and developed an action plan.

The final report included a detailed roadmap for implementing each of the 13 initiatives the college set out, complete with duration and start and end dates. The report gave priorities, critical paths, success factors, and budget implications for the recommended projects.

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