The NITC’s updated statewide technology plan, Transforming Government, Education, Healthcare and Communities, focuses on seven strategic initiatives which promote the effective use of technology within the State of Nebraska, as well as education, economic development, local government, and health care.

(1) State Government IT Strategy
– Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for use of information technology by Nebraska state government. The strategy will utilize a hybrid centralization model combining elements of both the centralized and decentralized IT management models. Enterprise technologies will be centralized with agency-specific activities remaining with the agencies.

(2) IT Security
– To define and clarify policies, standards and guidelines, and responsibilities related to the security of the State’s information technology resources, including:
• Reviewing security settings on State hardware and software;
• Reviewing security requirements for IT purchases;
• Conducting security awareness training and education; and others

(3) Nebraska Spatial Data Infrastructure (NESDI)
– To develop and foster an environment and infrastructure that optimizes the efficient use of geospatial technology, data, and services to address a wide variety of business and governmental challenges within the state. Geospatial technologies and data will be delivered in a way that supports policy and decision making at all levels of government to enhance the economy, safety, environment and quality of life for Nebraskans

(4) Network Nebraska
– Network Nebraska interconnects several hundred education entities to a multipurpose core backbone extending from Omaha to Lincoln to Grand Island and Scottsbluff, and provides aggregated Internet and commercial peering services extending out to the furthest corners of the state.

(5) Digital Education
– The Digital Education initiative will involve the coordination and promotion of several major systems and applications that heretofore have either been developed mostly at the local level or have not been replicated statewide. Initiative progress will be dependent upon adequate Internet connectivity and transport bandwidth for learners, instructors, administrators, and for educational attendance sites. A minimum acceptable level of classroom technology will have to be established for the initiative to be successful.

(6) Rural Broadband and Community IT Development
– Broadband availability, widespread adoption of broadband technologies, and a skilled IT workforce have become requirements for communities wishing to grow their economies. This initiative is being refocused to address the need for better broadband availability in unserved and underserved rural areas of the state.

(7) eHealth
– Broadband availability, widespread adoption of broadband technologies, and a skilled IT Electronic health information exchange (HIE) allows doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other health care providers and patients to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s vital medical information electronicall —improving the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care.

View the full statewide technology plan here to find out more details about NITC’s recent updates and plans for the future.