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May 18, 2011  12:05 PM

NHS IT system condemned

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Agile, Government IT, NPfIT, Open Standards & Open Source, Outsourcing, project failures, standardization of Government IT

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May 17, 2011  4:56 PM

MPs pooh-pooh happy clappy ICT strategy

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Agile, Government IT, Outsourcing, politics, project failures, SMEs

Happy clappy.pngMPs had fun...


April 26, 2011  5:00 PM

Agile will fail GovIT, says corporate lawyer

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Agile, Government IT, IT legal developments, Outsourcing, project failures, Project management, SMEs

In a guest blog, corporate IT lawyer Alistair Maughan argues that Agile development is an evangelical fad ill-suited to government IT.


March 30, 2011  6:00 AM

Government to end ICT “oligopoly”

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Agile, G-Cloud, Government IT, HMRC, politics, project failures, Project management, SMEs, standardization of Government IT, Technology, transparency and accountability

The government has promised to bring down the ICT oligopoly as part of a strategy that may have seismic consequences for the public and private sectors. The 18 large ICT suppliers that have controlled 80 per cent of Britain's much maligned public sector IT will have the rug pulled from beneath...


March 29, 2011  6:00 AM

Doom clouds gather over parliamentary IT hearing

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CIOs, Government IT, HMRC, local government, Outsourcing, politics, project failures, SMEs, spin, transparency and accountability

A couple of the great mandarins of government IT got top billing at the Parliamentary inquiry into computing last week. They set a gloomy scene for the government's forthcoming IT strategy, which CW anticipates will be published on Wednesday.

They were upstaged by a bunch of small town...


March 8, 2011  1:31 PM

Parliament illustrates gov.IT malfunction by example

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freedom of information, G-Cloud, Government IT, project failures, standardization of Government IT, Technology, transparency and accountability

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February 22, 2011  12:47 PM

End IT dinosaurs’ reign of terror, MPs told

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G-Cloud, Government IT, project failures, Project management, SMEs, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

Public sector IT was depicted as a scene of prehistoric horror in evidence submitted to the Public Administration Select Committee last week.


February 16, 2011  12:26 PM

G-Cloud: introducing the neo-database state

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CIOs, Data sharing, database state, G-Cloud, Government IT, ID cards, IT and security, IT legal developments, politics, project failures, Project management, spin, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

Now the Home Office has destroyed its prototype ID database in a publicity stunt, the government is putting the finishing touches to plans that would put the real Identity Scheme databases at the heart of a powerful...


February 14, 2011  12:42 PM

DWP spent £5m on ID database it never built

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Data sharing, database state, freedom of information, Government IT, HMRC, ID cards, project failures

The Department for Work and Pensions spent over £5m on an Identity Cards database so poorly conceived that it was never built.

The department spent three futile years designing the database after the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) commissioned it 2007. It was to be one of two key...


February 1, 2011  9:37 AM

DWP ID Plan – read the Restricted report

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Data sharing, database state, Government IT, ID cards, poor communications, project failures, Project management, transparency and accountability

Why would the DWP have supported the hair-brained Home Office plan to commandeer its computer assets for the Identity Card Scheme? Vanity, of course.

You can see what the DWP thought of the plan by reading the


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