Considering how expensive and drawn-out tender processes can be to solve problems that might be very immediate, it's little wonder that the Victorian Police IT department tried to work the tender exemptions system.
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.
Considering the circumstances the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO) Change Program has been operating in over the last few years, it really hasn't been going too badly.
It's all very well to roll-out technology, but if you don't force your employees to use it, it's just another piece of expensive equipment that takes up office space.
Microsoft is going to be given a beating over the next year or so by government agencies wanting to adopt Windows 7 at bargain basement prices. But it will enjoy each gentle slap.
There's something to be said for the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen — an idea of continually improving business via small changes — something that unfortunately doesn't seem to glean many votes or impress punters.
I wasn't surprised when I heard about the uproar up in Queensland over a proposed government model for hiring contractors. Sure, it seemed to take the industry by storm and they're peeved, but there's definitely an underlying issue here that something needs to be done about — an issue which has made itself into a monster on the sly.
What do you do when you want to replace men with intelligent robotsfor dangerous surveillance missions?
There will always be something more politically sexy than e-health for state governments, meaning the National E-Health Transition Authority's business case for a national electronic medical record might just sit on the shelf gathering dust forever.
With its new taskforce, the government has got straight back on the web 2.0 horse after taking a nasty fall last year with Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and Finance Minister Lindsey Tanner's blogging trial, but how long will it stay on?
As soon as one government decides to do a new project it's a good bet that others will follow suit, in the ultimate fashion obsession.
IT often promises the government much with the big pull being productivity gains and cost savings, but does the governmentthink about IT in the terms of something that will cure its ills or something which could backfire and give it process diarrhea for a decade?
Do the boards of IT companies deliberate extra carefully before making a deal with government for fear of having their name pulled through the dirt when they stuff up?