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May 29, 2008  2:38 PM

Fujitsu to withdraw from the NPfIT – what happens now?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, BT, Cerner, CSC, electronic health records, Fujitsu, lorenzo, NPfIT

Only a week ago a deal aimed at rescuing the NHS's National Programme for IT in the south of England seemed imminent.

Officials and Fujitsu had spent nearly a year negotiating changes to a 10-year contract which was worth £896m when signed in January 2004 and had increased for various...

May 13, 2008  9:24 AM

Identity and Passport Service cancels £11m web passport system

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, EPA2, IPS, openness, Project management

The Identity and Passport Service [IPS] has cancelled an overly complicated replacement online passport applications system after rising costs and glitches which led to about 5,000 applications becoming stuck in the system. The IPS told Computer Weekly that it has written of £10.9m in development...

April 4, 2008  12:17 PM

Tory policy on government IT, open source and openness

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, Government IT, NPfIT, Open source, openness, over-optimism

Conservative leader David Cameron has outlined his party’s IT strategy for government saying there would be a “level playing field for open source software in IT procurement” and no room for projects like the hubristic NHS...

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March 28, 2008  11:24 AM

Public sector outsourcing users paying up to 75% over market rates

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, Government IT, Outsourcing, Project management

Compass, which helps users of outsourcing check whether they are paying market prices, is warning the government that public sector outsourcing is costing up to 75% over the market rate. The company has public sector clients among its customers and so has an “insider’s” view of outsourcing...

February 26, 2008  5:25 PM

Chip and pin flaws – are security evaluations robust?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, IT security, openness

Researchers at Cambridge University Computer Laboratory say they have shown that chip and pin machines are not as secure as the banking industry claims. They claim that two widely-deployed models of pin entry devices fail to protect customers' card details and pins adequately.

December 13, 2007  7:00 AM

Missing CDs – HMRC’s reply on whether it over-reacted

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, HMRC, mistakes

HM Revenue and Customs has replied promptly to my question on whether it had over-reacted to the missing child benefit CDs by stopping its staff from sending faxes to employers of changes to taxpayers' tax codes.

November 6, 2007  10:30 AM

The NPfIT without Richard Granger – “more scary”

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, IT projects, mistakes, NPfIT, Project management

GP Mary Hawking writes in response to the blog entry "Whitehall has no firm plans to replace Richard Granger or conduct unrestricted review of National NPfIT": "If there is to be no...

October 24, 2007  11:52 AM

NPfIT – BBC Radio 4 documentary tomorrow [25 October 2007]

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, Change management, NPfIT, Project management

BBC Radio 4 at 8pm on 25 October 2007 is broadcasting a half-hour documentary on the NHS's National Programme for IT [NPfIT]. It will examine the successes and failures of an undertaking which has received much media attention. It tells the story of the national programme from its beginnings,...

October 11, 2007  9:08 AM

Prof Martyn Thomas calls for end to failing projects, delays and wastage

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, IT projects, NPfIT, Project management

In a letter to the Financial Times Martyn Thomas, one of the 23 leading IT academics who has signed open letters calling for an independent review of the NHS's National Programme for IT [NPfIT], calls for an end to the "cycle of insufficient consultation with the users, poor specification and...

October 9, 2007  9:39 AM

HMRC slow to admit its systems issued incorrect penalties – for third year running

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, Change management, HMRC, IT projects, Project management

Systems at HM Revenue and Customs have issued up to 14,000 unjustified penalty notices, each of £400, to employers that had correctly filed their annual returns by the deadline of 19 May 2007. It’s the third year running the department’s systems have issued thousands of unjustified penalty...

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