Public Sector IT:

October, 2009


October 30, 2009  12:50 PM

NPfIT Lorenzo – £57,500 per user so far

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT, Outsourcing, politics


The NPfIT minister Mike O'Brien revealed in a Parliamentary reply yesterday that there are 174 regular users of the Lorenzo 1 system at five NHS trusts.

The Lorenzo system is...

October 29, 2009  11:27 AM

Minister renews faith in Cerner and Lorenzo – but “challenges remain”

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT, Outsourcing


Junior Treasury minister Sarah McCarthy-Fry, the Exchequer Secretary, has affirmed her Government's faith in iSoft's Lorenzo and


October 29, 2009  10:30 AM

NPfIT Lorenzo – is the cost per user frightening?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT, Outsourcing, politics, Project management


MP Richard Bacon, a member of the Public Accounts Committee, is, any day now, expecting answers to his Parliamentary questions on the number of Lorenzo users at five "early" adopter trusts.

He asked for the number of users at these trusts: Five Boroughs Partnership, Bradford...


October 28, 2009  8:10 AM

Labour MP: blacklist some IT suppliers

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
Outsourcing, politics, Project management, Sir Humphrey


Labour MP Austin Mitchell has many times attended a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee to hear civil servants try and defend their handling of an IT-based change programme which is late, over-budget by tens or hundreds of millions of pounds, or is not meeting expectations. 


October 22, 2009  6:00 AM

Reports of the NAO on risky IT projects – has a precedent been set?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
Outsourcing, politics, project failures, Project management, transparency and accountability


Since 1986 reports of the National Audit Office have been subject to a "clearance process" in which their factual content is agreed with departments and agencies before publication.


October 22, 2009  5:59 AM

Government 2010 today

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
social inclusion, Technology

On a panel I'm chairing today on making the web more inclusive are Stephen Hilton of Bristol City Council,


October 21, 2009  7:15 AM

National Audit Office hits brick wall over Defra agency’s IT failure

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
Outsourcing, project failures, Project management, spin, transparency and accountability


[This editorial is in the hard copy of Computer Weekly this week]

Hours after the National Audit Office published an unusually critical report - its...


October 19, 2009  6:00 AM

£350m Rural Payments Agency IT: pouring money into a digital landfill?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
Outsourcing, politics, project failures, Project management


Software company Erudine points out, in the wake of the report of the NAO's report on the cumbersome and inflexible £350m systems at the Rural Payments Agency, that government needs to change its thinking on IT.

The NAO report explained how the Agency is


October 15, 2009  11:45 AM

The NAO’s most serious criticism of any IT-based project?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
politics, project failures, Project management, spin, transparency and accountability

At a press conference yesterday, senior officials at the National Audit Office made some of the most serious criticisms anyone at the NAO has made about an IT-based programme.

Philip Gibby, a mild-mannered Director at the NAO, said yesterday there had been "scant regard for the proper...


October 8, 2009  4:10 PM

David Cameron questions the point of the NPfIT

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT, Outsourcing, politics


From David Cameron's speech this afternoon at the Conservative Party conference:

"Ten years on from a government that said '24 hours to save the NHS', billions spent and yet morale is so low, some hospitals still threatened...


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