The Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) recently released a report containing a four year master plan for the state’s technology infrastructure and security systems.
DoIT’s “Statewide Information Technology Master Plan” takes a look at goals and changes the department is hoping to implement and improve on from July 2020 to June 30, 2023. From affordable broadband access for all Marylanders by 2022 to smaller but meaningful changes such as a one-stop digital stop for submitting all electronic forms to the government, DoIT outlines their plan for the next four years in the newly released report.
In the report, Maryland’s statewide technology goals are listed under four areas – providing IT leadership across State government, promoting IT as a strategic investment, providing a reliable, secure, and modern IT infrastructure, and creating measurable improvements in the cybersecurity posture of the State. These goals and strategies apply to Maryland’s entire IT environment and include all components of technology in use at DoIT as well as units covered by DoIT.
Also included in the report are transformational strategies based upon business and stakeholder needs. Listed under future vision are Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Broadband Access for All, Cloud Smart, Data-Centric Enterprise, and Enhanced Citizen Access.
Broadband Access for All as described in the report:
DoIT has actively supported Governor Hogan’s effort to make affordable high speed internet access available to all Marylanders by the year 2022, and played a crucial role in accelerating local jurisdictions’ projects in eastern and western Maryland. Many of the homes and businesses that remain unserved at this time are located in a remote area and the scarcity of demand in these underserved communities presents a difficult economic model for private industry. DoIT is exploring emerging technologies in global satellite mesh networks and next generation cellular and wireless technologies, and is also exploring innovative approaches to supporting wireline implementations to bridge this digital divide.