From the time we're born, we're encouraged to think that we're special, one of a kind, irreplaceable and unique. Shared services goes against this mantra.
Keeping track of the cheques and (bank) balances in government IT is a big job -- fortunately, when we asked Suzanne Tindal if she could take up the challenge, she said "Yes I Can."
Suzanne Tindal cut her teeth at ZDNet.com.au as the site's telecommunications reporter, a role that saw her break some of the biggest stories associated with the National Broadband Network process. She then turned her attention to all matters in government and corporate ICT circles. Now she's taking on the whole gamut as news editor for the site.
I don't know whether the government managed to catch my blog last week about never getting anything done, but this week it went out of its way to prove me wrong.
If the government was a company employee, he'd be the one who'd call for endless and useless meetings to which he'd swan in late, he'd ask everyone to write 10 million reports and he would miss every deadline.
I really couldn't decide on Friday when I read the news about Victoria signing up for 500 iPads to use in its schools whether it was forward-looking genius or try-hard wankery.
Tonight at 7:30pm the Federal Budget will be released publicly, and all indications are it's not going to be one where there will be many tech surprises, or if there are, it will be more of a vanishing trick.
The National Broadband Network (NBN) implementation study was full of good news for the Federal Government, but it also contained contingency plans for the case of cost blow-outs or nasty surprises.
Google's statistics released today on how often governments had asked for information on users or issued take-down requests showed that Google had often ignored Australian government requests.
When I read the summary of the government's datacentre strategy for the next 15 years, the first thing I wondered was how it could have taken the government months to come up with this document.
Google Australia engineering director Alan Noble's tool Cluey Voter, which aims to make voting preferences a little easier for normal people, gets two thumbs up from me.
The company that set up the website that "leaked" the NSW Government's transport blueprint, Bang the Table, found that by trying to save face, it lost something infinitely more precious.
Is the NSW Government so loathe to divulge the public details of its IT review for worry of being held to a promise?
There's something terribly unsettling about realising that the NSW Government is considering hiring a company to build a new electronic ticketing system which has already put it through the legal wringer for the system's predecessor.
If I was Alan Chapman, the acting executive director of the Queensland Government Chief Information Office, I'd be really irate right now.
Some of the state governments desperately need to invest in more user-friendly tender sites so that looking for information on government tenders doesn't have to be a game of blind man's bluff.
The government needs to stop looking at IT as a necessary evil or the place to remove costs when the Treasurer comes calling.