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Initiatives and Strategy Implementation Plan (ISIP)

The Initiatives and Strategy Implementation Plan (ISIP) is a portfolio of strategic initiatives requiring planned change that transform process, information management and systems. Delivered within a project framework, these initiatives incorporate a major information communication and technology (ICT) component usually with an impact that crosses organisational units.

The ISIP is one of the University's two major capital investment plans contributing to the University Strategy, ensuring compliance and improving our operational efficiency.

The ISIP program of work is scheduled over a three-to-five year period. The ISIP receives a budget each year to fund projects but also includes projects that are co-funded or funded from sources external to the ISIP budget. A portion of the ISIP budget will be allocated to projects in progress and the remainder will be made available for new initiatives. The ISIP Governance Committee oversees the plan including assessments of strategic initiatives twice a year to determine which receive priority within the available budget. All initiative submissions must address the required criteria. The Division of Information Technology's Project Portfolio team is responsible for the management, development and planned execution of the ISIP as well as providing support and guidance to Initiative Proposers and Project Sponsors.

New Initiatives - Round 1 2018

The 2018 ISIP round is now open.

The Initiatives & Strategy Implementation Plan (ISIP) Governance Committee would like to invite CSU staff to submit suggestions for new initiatives to be funded in 2018.

If you intend to submit an initiative, in the first instance please register your interest by contacting John Smith (Senior Manager, IT Project Portfolio) as soon possible, and prior to Friday 25th August. This allows us to ensure that appropriate staff from the Division of Information Technology can be allocated to support proposers with the preparation of their Initiative. It also provides the opportunity for the ISIP Governance Committee to review concepts, and where appropriate provide feedback to assist in the refinement of Initiatives prior to their final submission.

The closing date for submissions is 5pm Friday 20th October 2017. The ISIP Governance Committee will meet on 20th November to consider submissions, with funding decisions expected soon after.

Key dates for the ISIP new Initiatives process are detailed below.

For more information about the ISIP new initiatives process or for any assistance please contact John Smith (Senior Manager IT Project Portfolio) on 19783 or at jfsmith@csu.edu.au.

ISIP New Initiatives: Key Dates

3 August 2017Call for new submissions
25 August 2017Initiative Expression of Interest must be received by this date
28 August -
20 October 2017
Preparation of detailed initiatives
~ 1 September
~ 6 September
~ 15 September
~ 18 September

18 September
19 September
~ 29 September
9 - 20 October
Assisting Enterprise Architect allocated
Enterprise Architect makes initial contact with Proposer
First draft of initiative completed by Proposer
Secure initial stakeholder endorsement and support from impacted areas and senior staff
ISIP Governance Committee review all Expressions of Interest
Initiative feedback provided, if any, from ISIP Governance Committee
Finalise resource profile and budget
Final review and sign-off by Proposer and senior staff who validated and endorsed initiative
20 October 2017Closing date for detailed initiative submissions
6 November 2017Release documentation to ISIP GC members for review
20 November 2017ISIP GC New Initiatives meeting
~ 22 November 2017Proposers advised of outcome

Approved Initiatives - Round 1 2017

The ISIP Governance Committee recently met to review submissions for 2017 funding. In total, 17 expressions of interest were received with nine progressing through to formal submissions and eight approved (see below). Initiatives rated as 'A' will be funded and commence in 2017 with start dates subject to finalisation of active projects and commencement of other previously approved scheduled projects.

Category 'B' initiatives were also rated highly and approved, however, they will not be funded until Category 'A' initiatives have been accommodated. These initiatives may be impacted by further initiative assessment rounds, especially as the new University Strategy will be released in the first half of next year.

RankInitiativeProposerFinal Rating
1Workflow Course Transfer, Review of Grade and Change of GradeMatthew Evans, Division of Student Administration (DSA)A
2Personalising Student TimetablesSandra Martin, DSAA
2Student Incident Management System InvestigationJulia Coyle, Office for StudentsA
3Library RFID Implementation Phase 2: Wagga Wagga and BathurstVanessa Salway, Division of Library ServicesA
4Major Systems Renewal InvestigationPhil Roy, DITA
5Secure Online FormsPhil Roy, DITB
6Wireless Network Analytics / Business IntelligencePhil Roy and Brian Roberson, DITB
7Banner Document Retention ManagerMatthew Evans, DSAB

A new schedule of work highlighting estimated start dates will be available soon.

The next ISIP funding round dates are yet to be confirmed however full details will be made available via What's New and the DIT website.

DIT can provide direct assistance with the preparation of any initiative. A member of the Enterprise Architecture team will be assigned to assist in the development of the initiative and ensure that all the necessary information required by the ISIP Governance Committee is provided.