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February 2008 report to the Legislative Assembly



February 2008 report to the Legislative Assembly


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170 Auditor-General for the Northern Territory February 2008 Report Department of Planning and Infrastructure How well does IT fit the Agencys business needs? Audit objectives and scope The objective of the audit was to assess how well IT meets the Department of Planning and Infrastructures (DPIs) business needs. In particular the audit considered: IT strategic alignment and monitoring; IT staffing; IT spending; IT project and program delivery effectiveness, strategic alignment of projects and value delivered from projects; and The capacity, scalability, functionality and viability of applications and infrastructure supporting business processes. Audit Opinion Based on the audit performed, strategic alignment between IT and business could not be clearly demonstrated. IT is operating as a utility (general support of process) and not as a strategic enabler (delivering value, cost rationalisation and risk mitigation) within DPI. Key issues Key issues include: IT strategic planning is not formally performed or monitored; IT operates in a decentralised manner across the Agency, which has resulted in data and process replication and a proliferation of platforms, applications, databases and proprietary software to deliver business process; IT budgeting was considered inadequate; and Project delivery is ineffective across a significant proportion of IT projects reviewed (delivered over time and over budget). DPI has been operating without a formal IT strategic plan, definition of IT expectations, oversight or IT governance against established DPI corporate directions.

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