The BBC news story on 28th July 2011, about Whitehall being ripped off by large I.T. firms made interesting reading. (Click Link)
Yet again, Government is wondering how they are spending so much money on projects that deliver very little, or in some cases nothing at all.
There is little doubt that the I.T. firms are making money out of Whitehall, but I do question whether it is wilfully ‘ripping them off.’
One of the key factors in the many examples available of I.T. contracts and projects that have gone so array, is the lack of understanding by Senior Managers in the Government on how to negotiate workable contracts, manage projects and set realistic budgets.