Vision of California's Future

What will California be like in 2025?

The Public Policy Institute of California 2  gives us a glimpse of California’s future:

What might it be like to live in California in 2018?

Suppose you were moving your family to California in the year 2018.  What might that experience be like? It could be something like this …

Moving to California – 2018
Imagine a place where you could obtain any government service by accessing your own personalized home page. Cathy Johnson and her family were looking to relocate to California to care for her ailing parents. During Cathy’s last visit she saw a billboard advertising a government home page for every Californian. Intrigued by the concept she created a page for each of her family members and was astonished at how many services were available online. She was able to apply for jobs and was offered a position after participating in a virtual interview. Cathy’s son, Jeff, applied to colleges, was accepted, and coordinated his entire transition to campus life through his page. Cathy’s husband, Tom, planned to start his own business in California and was able to buy a startup company from the resources available on his site. Being the avid outdoorsman that he is, Tom was also able to apply for his fishing license and is planning the next family trip to Yosemite. The entire family was able to upload their medical records to ensure a smooth transition of their medical care. Cathy even set up pages for her parents. They were able to research home care resources for her mother and obtained veterans services for her father.

How will state government improve the lives of future Californians?  

This is the central question that motivates the IT Strategic Plan.  The OCIO was established to provide leadership in the use of information technology.  The state CIO is a partner with Agency Secretaries in using technology to further the business interests of California government.  The over-arching goal of this partnership is to improve the delivery of government services that satisfy the needs of residents, businesses and public agencies. 

In collaboration with the state’s IT professionals, the CIO is the strategic planner and architect for California’s information technology programs and the leader in advancing a vision for those programs.  As a community of interest around the effective use of IT, we have focused on six Strategic Concepts that drive the state’s performance toward excellence over the next decade. 

The Six Strategic Concepts are:

To realize the integration of the six strategic concepts with the business and IT functions in California state government, state entities submitted their first ever Five-Year IT Capital Plans (ITCP) to the OCIO and the Department of Finance.  Included in the ITCPs are concept proposals for IT projects needed to support departments’ and agencies’ programs and business processes over the next five years. 

These IT project concept proposals establish the mechanism for ensuring that the state’s IT investments support: 

A list of the OCIO-approved IT project concept proposals will be included in Volume 2 to be released in January 2009.

These Strategic Concepts and their strategies, goals and actions, along with the IT Capital planning process, will keep California at the forefront of technology in delivering programs required from government.  By reviewing the goals and actions, developed by work-groups of CIOs from agencies and departments, we have discerned themes that transcend individual strategic concepts and converge as statements of direction for information technology in California government.  The converging themes include the following:

The converging themes include the following:

With this as a prelude, California’s IT Strategic Concepts for the future begin on the next page.


2 see CA2025 at http://www.ppic.org