OGC plans to end Whitehall IT flops

Public sector IT leaders have welcomed the Office of Government Commerce's plan to overhaul the delivery of central government IT...

Public sector IT leaders have welcomed the Office of Government Commerce's plan to overhaul the delivery of central government IT by creating centres of excellence and improving project management.

Kate Mountain, chief executive of the Society of IT Management, said, "The centres of excellence are a step in the right direction - not just for sharing best practice, but for ensuring that people have somewhere to go when they run into difficulties."

The OGC aims to ensure that all high-risk IT projects have a clearly defined "senior responsible owner" and a project manager with good track records. Whitehall sources said this will help ensure that the best civil servants are appointed to take control of major IT projects, and could see those with the most IT management experience moving between departments.

Mountain said this will benefit the government's IT strategy. "One of the most positive aspects of the initiative will be choosing people with good project management skills to run the projects," she said.

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