IT Planning & Analysis

Because our consultants have extensive system implementation experience, we know how to mitigate potential downstream risk during IT planning stages.

Highlands Consulting has assisted more than 35 clients with successfully planning and analyzing technology solutions.

A Structured Methodology: ITPM

Our IT Planning Methodology (ITPM) is a result of developing Feasibility Study Reports (FSRs) over 20 years ago to piloting the State’s Project Approval Lifecycle (PAL) planning guidelines 10 years ago. We focus on how a new system will improve business processes and remain viable for the long-term. To that end, Highlands Consulting provides the full range of IT planning and analysis services:

  • Analyze both business and technical needs, short- and long-term
  • Distill needs into business requirements, at the proper level of detail
  • Research and analyze solution alternatives, with no product bias
  • Recommend tailored approach, such as phased, iterative, waterfall, and/or Agile
  • Develop detailed budget estimates and what-if scenarios
  • Help justify and secure funding for the desired solution

Successful delivery of these services has helped our State clients achieve approval of PAL Stages 1 and 2, so that we are retained for Stages 3 and 4, which includes solicitation development, procurement strategy, and solution selection, as described here.

What Makes Us Different

Highlands Consulting collaborates with both IT and business stakeholders to capture input every step of the way. We are product independent so that we can research and analyze solution alternatives without bias toward a particular platform or application.

Example Clients

Caltrans, California Department of Public Health, California Department of Education, California Department of Pesticide Regulation, State Water Resources Control Board.