"Technology is the vessel into which your pour your business rules and policies."
Mark Ouska

Information Resource Management (IRM) recognizes that information is an asset. Like other business assets, it is created as the result of significant expenditures and effort. Therefore, it must be managed as any other business asset to produce value. The return on investment for Information Resources occurs when the resources enhance the effectiveness and/or the efficiency of the organization in carrying out its mission.
Strategic Information Resource Management Planning (SIRMP) is a process for identifying and prioritizing IT projects based on an organization's business strategy. SIRMP helps build the IT project portfolio that's right for you based on these core concepts:
  1. Information Resource Management - business information, business processes, and the IT projects that enable them are organizational assets, and should be managed as such.
  2. Business Driven Projects - IT projects should address the true needs of the business.
  3. Strategic Priorities - The portfolio of IT projects should be tuned to best support the organization's business strategy.

"Information technology investments create no more advantage or productivity, by themselves, than do investments in new machine tools. It is not technology, but technology-in-use, that creates value."
James McGee and Laurence Prusak, in Managing Information Strategically
Strategic IRM Planning is the conscious planning, organizing, realizing, and overseeing of the organization’s resources involved in creating, storing, processing, transporting, accessing, presenting, and managing the organization’s information.
Rather than focusing on specific, immediate projects, Strategic IRM Planning looks at the business strategy and Information Technology needs of the enterprise as a whole, and helps the organization develop the appropriate Information Resource project portfolio.

Course Outcomes:
Students of Advanced Strategies' Strategic IRM Planning for Government Course will return to work:

  1. With an appreciation of the importance of Strategic IRM Planning in the effective management of the state's Information Resources.
  2. With a framework for planning and a process for developing an initial Strategic IRM Plan for their agency.
  3. With an undersanding of the state requirements for IRM and Strategic IRM Planning.

Course Outline:
Overview of Strategic IRM Planning
  • What is IRM
  • What is Strategic Planning
  • What is Strategic IRM Planning
  • Elements of a Strategic IRM Plan
  • Role of Strategic IRM Planning
Information Resource Management
  • Information as an Organizational Resource
  • Information Activities Managed
  • Benefits of IRM
  • Costs of IRM
Strategic Planning
  • Dimensions of Planning
  • Elements of a Business Strategy Model
  • Strategic Transformation Plan
  • What to Do if a Formal Business Strategy Plan Does Not Exist
Strategic IRM Plan Components
  • IR Vision
  • Application Portfolio Snapshot
  • Data Architecture Snapshot
  • Application Delivery and Support Plan
  • User Self-Service Plan
  • Technology Infrastructure Plan
  • IR Socio-Political Organizational Plan
Developing Your Plan
  • Definitions
  • Process for Developing the Components
  • A Minimal Version
  • A Detailed Version
  • Things to Consider
  • Samples
Strategic IRM Planning for MN Government
  • Importance of IRM for State Agencies
  • Key State IRM Policies
  • Critical Success Factors
  • Support available from the Office of Technology

Who Should Attend:
This course is targeted for CIOs, MIS Directors, and other High Level Planners responsible for developing, approving, or reviewing a Strategic IRM Plan.

Course Duration:
Two Days

Class Availability: Request It Now!

Materials Provided:
Student Course Book, Student Workbook, Handouts and Samples

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