On the 5th of May here in Scotland, we are once again tripping to the polls to elect or re-elect our political party of choice. There is plenty of electioneering going about to advertise the fact that it is happening so no-one really has an excuse to be unaware of it whether they go to vote or not.
What there seems to be less information about however is that the very same day we are voting for an alternative voting system as well… I think that I have seen about two adverts on the telly letting us know about it… I have 10 ‘O Clock Live to thank for bringing to my my consciousness which I don’t think is probably the best way of being informed. A quick trip to the BBC website of course gives you all the info you need on AV.
Now, I am not the most politically motivated person in the world but do like to think I am reasonably up to date with current affairs… So I wonder how many others out there are also quite unaware of the proposed changes..
NHS23 is a dossier of communications made to the government by a group of twenty-three academics who repeatedly told the Government how the largest non-military IT operation in the world NPfIT (http://www.btplc.com/Health/NHSIT/NPfIT/index.htm) at that point was doomed to failure. The project was delivered on a “We will tell you what you need and you will build it” structure without any thought to asking for professional assistance. Read the NHS23 site for some interesting reads.
I’m going to close this off again for now… Interested to hear if this elicits any comment….
The previous administration certainly has not done anything to enhance the reputation of the cost wasting of IT for IT’s sake… Certainly a very early lesson in my education; If a system doesn’t need to be computerised, dont computerise it. The question is, do we, the creators of these requested systems not have to take an element of responsibility for saying yes to these or do all we see is £££ signs? After all, government money is usually easy money.
IT is very much a service industry and so the tendency is towards trying to achieve what is requested of us but perhaps if the brakes were put on lunatic projects or just a little bit of honesty about how long it would really was going to take to build Deep Thought (hitchhikers guide reference there) and just how much it was going to cost then perhaps more sensible discussions would have been made by the administration.
Don’t get me wrong, I do not in any way want to make excuses for Labour’s policies but a sharing of the responsibility might be the right thing to do. Of course if all the political parties just got beyond all the politicking and backstabbing and just got on with the job of running the country then we might not be in the mess we are in now
I had to laugh at the sentence about using Apple equipment. It does kind of fly in the face about the criticism about opening up the procurement of IT equipment to smaller companies. I find it funny that we always talk of Apple being so secure and yet Safari loaded with security updates got hacked open in 5 minutes; too much Apple everywhere will only turn hackers attention more towards the platform then bend their wills to dominating them…. It is a dangerous complacence.