The Taxpayers’ Alliance claims that IT projects have contributed about £11bn to a total overspend of £19bn on government projects.
Will it be any different under the Tories?
One answer is that there are at least four certainties in the life of any UK or US government:
2) A willingness to believe inspirational thought-leaders in the private sector who say that, yes, complexity in government can be simplified with technology (as opposed to changing the way things are done)
3) An insistence by ruling politicians and senior civil servants that what seems to be an IT-based disaster is, in fact, a success
4) What can be covered up will be
In short nothing is likely to change under the Tories.
[There will also be countless project successes but they will probably be smaller scale and overshadowed by lumbering giants which will, by force of Nature, head towards cliff edges].
PS: Privacyint has tweeted an important 5th:
– Knowledgeable critics will be dismissed as Luddites
More than half of £19bn overspend on government projects due to IT projects – ComputerWeekly.com
IT projects among the Government’s worst failures – Information Age
Out of control: how the government overspends on capital projects – Taxpayers’ Alliance
18 truths: the long fail of complexity – Michael Krigsman
IT and its role in project failures – Arun Gupta
Simple architectures for complex enterprises – Roger Sessions