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) has been refined over many years, from developing Feasibility Study Reports (FSRs) nearly 20 years ago to helping the State pilot its current Project Approval Lifecycle (PAL) planning guidelines. Our ITPM focuses 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 high-level business requirements
  • 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, which includes business case development, business analysis, alternatives analysis, and financial analysis. We are usually retained for PAL Stages 3 an 4, which includes detailed requirements development, solicitation development, procurement strategy, and solution selection, as described here.

What Makes Us Different

In contrast to other firms who focus heavily on technical products and architecture, Highlands Consulting approaches IT planning and analysis from both business and technology perspectives. Our ITPM provides a strong foundation for future project stages.

Example Clients

California Department of Public Health, California Department of Social Services, California Department of Pesticide Regulation, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California Department of Transportation, Department of Education, State Water Resources Control Board.