We blogged earlier about the city of Burnaby, B.C.’s SAP project, which has sucked up millions of the Canadian town’s unbudgeted dollars due to project creep. That’s tragic for the citizens of Burnaby, who are paying for an expensive accounting system that may be more robust than their city needs, but there’s an undeniably comic element in the proceedings.
Apparently, according to journalist Brooke Larsen of BurnabyNow, Burnaby paid $100,000 for a report defending its decision to go with SAP. The report, which was provided by APT International Business Sciences (an outfit that, as of press time, had a placeholder Web site dominated by an ill-advised image of a burning tower), failed to discuss ROI and seemed instead to be a fig leaf for the city’s increasingly unjustifiable decision. The fact that the report was based exclusively on interviews of Burnaby city officials and workers was another embarrassing factor; surely there should have been input from outside authorities–including Telus, the systems integrator who pulled out of the project?
Burnaby must be rolling in wealth to pay $100,000 for fluff reports that would have been overpriced at $100. Thankfully for city government, the age of civic responsibility, or indeed basic awareness, is long dead; apathetic tax-payers would probably shrug their shoulders even if Burnaby decided to hold a public bonfire of tax revenues.
Demir Barlas, Site Editor