Apologies for lack of response on this blog. Other work, going on holiday, then getting up to date on return have all taken their toll.
I agree with Bill that there is a window of opportunity here.
There is nothing new about IT projects going disastrously wrong. However, the new element in the equation is that, for the first time that I am aware of, several powerful politicians have foolishly pinned their futures on the success of public sector IT projects.
Gordon Brown believes that he will be able to shed 100,000 bureaucrats and re-allocate resources to front-line services, because he has invested several billion pounds in IT systems.
Patient Choice is one of the biggest issues for the National Health Service, but it cannot be delivered if the NPfIT project fails. It will be a key issue in next year's General Election.
It is not enough to criticise the way these projects are run, we also need to project a better way of doing these things.
I will try to find the time to submit some explanations of the fallacies underlying the current approach and an outline of a proven approach to these matters that does actually work.