Why Downing St makes some ill-informed IT decisions?

There is nothing a government hates more than to be well-informed; for it makes the
process of arriving at decisions much more complicated and difficult – John Maynard Keynes

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Years ago I had a boss who said (re an important decision) "don't confuse me with facts, my mind is made up". Mind you, when I became a boss myself, I began to see what he meant.

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Reminds me of a line in Shaw's Devil's Disciple:

Major Swindon: "We have arranged it [the hanging] for 12 O'clock. Nothing remains to be done except to try him."

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I have analysed Government ‘IT failures’ over the past ten years and concluded that the fundamental cause is the Government’s persistence with approaching every problem as if it is simply a large IT challenge that can be entrusted to a fairly small group of purveyors of large IT solutions (sic.

I suggest that it is time for the Government to forget about IT initiatives and start thinking instead about building effective information systems. Is this really too much to ask?

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Colin - you said, "it is time for the Government to forget about IT initiatives and start thinking instead about building effective information systems. Is this really too much to ask?"

Er ... probably, Yes.

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