Reviews and postponements of big public sector ICT projects are politically popular but are now hitting industry cash flows hard. When spend restarts ministers will almost certainly wish to follow private sector good practice with incremental, rapid payback projects within strategic frameworks. You can help shorten the transition period.
There is serious confusion as to what is legal in this area, let alone what is good practice: for example with regard to organising low cost, innovative, socially inclusive, service delivery in co-operation with voluntary organisations and charities.
There is, however, much guidance already available, including from the Audit Commission, Digital Inclusion Team, Intellect, the National Audit Office, the Office of Government Commerce and SOCITM. But this is, too often, not brought to the attention of those who persist in following decades old, slow, high overhead, procedures, in the belief they are following Treasury/European “rules”.
EURIM (the Information Society Alliance), is therefore organising a call for existing guidance to be rapidly reviewed, rationalised as necessary, and promoted.
Please e-mail me c/o email@example.com if you would like to join the exercise.
Please include details of existing material that you think is good. Please also comment on any obstacles that need to be removed. It would be most helpful if you could indicate which problems you think need legislation and which can be addressed by better guidance on the alternatives that are already available.
The exercise is also likely to include a call for radical contract simplification, copying private sector “effective disputes resolution” clauses instead of trying to predict the unpredictable: so that what funds are available can be devoted to working together to overcome problems rather than bankrupting all sides.