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Balancing Tradition with Innovation

New Resource in the Library

State of Texas Strategic Plan sets direction for future IT projects

9 November 2015 – Dallas, TX, USA – Access to a new resource has been added to the PM World Library (PMWL). “Balancing Tradition with Innovation” is the title for the 2016-2020 State Strategic Plan for Information Resource Management for the state of Texas government in the United States. This document describes the goals for information technology (IT) operations, programs and projects for the state.

According to the introduction” Public sector organizations have come to view information technology (IT) as the foundation for providing quality services to their constituents. Managing IT within state government requires balancing traditional daily operations, citizen expectations, efficiency measures, and security against budget constraints. IT leaders know the competing priorities all too well — leadership wants lean budgets, executives want quick turnarounds, and citizens want secure access anytime, anywhere. In a constantly changing technology environment, agencies have to be cost efficient, yet innovative; measured, yet responsive; operational, yet visionary.

Strategic goal #2, Mature Resource Management, reads: The challenge to do more with less has become a business principle for government, and the implications for IT funding, governance, and the workforce are apparent. Traditional funding models challenge agencies’ ability to implement innovative strategies. Agencies must follow rules and guidelines for IT projects, as they are accountable to the public and leadership for the results. Decisions must ensure IT sustains and extends the organization’s strategies and objectives and that staff have the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform IT functions effectively.

Texas state sealPerhaps this strategic plan might be interesting to other state organizations with a similar need to set goals and priorities for future IT programs and projects. To access this resource for IT executives, go to, click on “USA Agencies and Organizations”, click on “USA State Government Organizations”, scroll down to Texas and click on the title. Must me a logged in library member to access.