Public Sector IT Projects

There is much coverage at the moment of the coalition government ending the taxpayer-funded ID card programme, and cancelling or scaling back on a range of other public sector IT projects and programmes that are deemed to be wasteful, unnecessary, underperforming or simply unsupportable in this age of austerity.

Many of you no doubt are (or have been) involved in similar public sector IT projects, and it would be interesting to know how this 'cutting of waste' is affecting you. As an industry, IT projects and their project managers have always been affected by perceptions of what we do and how badly we seem to do it, but it is usually the public sector that has the most scrutiny - and with good reason. But since some private sector organisations have been taken into public ownership of sorts, such as the banks, it does raise questions about how much we can and should know about the investment and progress of new technology developments in some public-private concerns, and not just regarding governance and how this affects share prices. The following article is a useful starter for 10 on the thoughts of CIOs regarding private vs. public sector failures. However, it is likely to be the project managers that have the best insights into what the challenges and issues are. We don't hear so much about the successes, true, but they are clearly out there. And what exactly is happening in the third sector?

http://www.silicon.com/management/cio-insights/2010/06/24/it-projects-is-the-private-sector-really-better-at-getting-them-right-39746024/?s_cid=104

July 2018
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