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Principles of an ICT strategy document

An ICT strategy document is one of the suite of documents developed as part of government strategic and investment planning. This section shows the strategy, planning and investment pathway and outlines a set of principles for an information and technology strategy document.

Strategy, planning and investment pathway

Your ICT strategy document:

  • supports your agency’s strategic direction
  • provides your Chief Executive with assurance that  ICT resources (people, process and technology) are being optimally used
  • is the primary guiding document to plan and implement information and technology enabled initiatives
  • is a living document
    • for relevance, usability and context, it’s reviewed each time your agency updates its four year plan and investment plans. Depending on what stage your agency is at in its strategy cycle, you may not need to update every aspect of your document, but at a minimum, the initiatives and ICT portfolio roadmap should be refreshed based on yearly funding variations.
  • aligns and contributes to the outcomes, focus areas and opportunities proposed in the Government ICT Strategy
  • demonstrates planning around system outcomes rather than silo interventions
    • for example, agencies should exploit opportunities to collaborate and leverage shared investments before buying off the shelf and/or building bespoke solutions
  • addresses information and technology challenges and opportunities, by answering the questions:
    • what do we need to do?
    • why do we need to it?
    • how does it align to business strategy?
    • when do we need to do it by?
    • who is going to do it?
    • how is it going to be done, and with what resources?
  • complements related strategies, such as any information management, digital or security strategies
  • contains measures to demonstrate your strategy’s impact on outcomes
  • sets evidence-based priorities, particularly baseline financials.


Please note:

This guidance information is intended to be straightforward, flexible and easy to use in your next planning cycle. Do you have feedback or ideas for possible improvements? Let us know. 

Diagram long description: 

Planning, strategy and investment pathway 

Each element of this diagram is described as a separate rectangular box, from top, right:

  • Long Term Investment Plan (LTIP): A Long Term Investment Plan (LTIP) describes an agency’s or sector’s investment journey over 10 years subject to their long term vision and goals. It shows what will be invested in and how investment will occur in order to support the delivery of an agency’s or sector’s strategy

An arrow indicates that this feeds into:

  • Four Year Plan (4YP): Designed to provide a medium-term perspective of agencies in the context of their longer-term vision and set out how they will get there

An arrow indicates that this feeds into:

  • Agency ICT Strategy: An agency’s ICT strategy supports the agency’s strategic direction by planning and implementing information and technology related initiatives linked to business outcomes (It is encircled by: GCIO guidance for information & technology strategy document)

An arrow indicates that this feeds into:

  • Investment Cases: A business case captures the reasoning for initiating a project or undertaking on the basis of its expected benefit. Better Business Cases (BBC) is recognised by the NZ Government as a systematic way to prepare business cases for programmes or projects that will provide information required to invest with confidence

From the left hand side of the diagram:

  • Other agency, sector and system strategies 

An arrow indicates that this feeds into: Long Term Investment Plan (LTIP), Four Year Plan (4YP) and Agency ICT Strategy

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Page last updated: 31/03/2016