Public Sector IT:

Project management


May 24, 2012  11:33 AM

TfL spends £100m on temporary helpdesk

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Outsourcing, Procurement, Project management, transparency and accountability

Transport for London has spent £100m on a temporary contract that is still running after five and half years and will be clocking up more costs until 2014.

TfL gave a temporary IT contract to Computer Sciences Corporation in December 2006 after terminating an existing deal with...

October 14, 2011  11:46 AM

The limits of Agile: Emergn CEO on Universal Credit

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Agile, dwp, Government IT, Procurement, Project management, transparency and accountability, Universal Credit

The Department of Work and Pensions set out in January to achieve the seemingly unachievable: develop a £2bn Universal Credit system in two years. An Agile software development methodology would make it possible, said the DWP. But its Agile credentials are questionable.

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September 20, 2011  11:46 AM

How FiRe Control burned £494m hole in public finances

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Government IT, Procurement, project failures, Project management, standardization of Government IT

MPs published yet another account of bodge and splurge in government IT today. It was a familiar story. But one that for once had lessons for the coalition government.

The topic of today's autopsy was the stinking carcass left from the last government's IT-led reform of Fire and Rescue...


June 9, 2011  7:00 AM

Computacenter row threatens blockhead end for open source in Bristol

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Agile, Government IT, IT legal developments, local government, Open Standards & Open Source, politics, Project management, SMEs, Software Freedom

IT giant Computacenter has raised the prospect of legal action against a small open source supplier for complaining to Parliament about its "Microsoft bias".

The veiled threat followed a letter sent to MPs on the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC), in which Mark Taylor, chief...


May 12, 2011  6:00 AM

Universal Credit possible if politicians don’t interfere, says IT chief

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Agile, dwp, Government IT, HMRC, Project management, social inclusion, standardization of Government IT, Technology, Universal Credit

Benefits sign.pngDWP can manage the massive reorganisation of computer...


May 5, 2011  11:00 AM

HMRC orders supply chain to heel

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Agile, Government IT, HMRC, Outsourcing, Project management, SMEs, transparency and accountability

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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.


April 21, 2011  12:13 PM

Police data hub raises doubts over open source policy

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Data sharing, database state, Government IT, local government, Outsourcing, politics, Project management, standardization of Government IT

A landmark software deal that exemplifies key elements of the government's public sector reform programme may have exposed shortcomings in open source policy and plans for an IT-enabled Big Society.

The deal involves the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA)...


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  2:48 PM

We gave up, says GovIT SME

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G-Cloud, Government IT, Outsourcing, Project management, SMEs

It's so hard dealing with the large suppliers who control UK government IT that its not even worth bothering to knock on their door.

So said a public sector SME that has built bespoke software for the last 20 years. Systems integrators are supposed to manage...


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