October 2009

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Project National Health - policy driven IT

How can an IT project grow from 2.3 billion to over 12 and no-one question the manner by which the project is set up? I find it very odd that any country can engage in such a huge project in such a wasteful way. We know that government want to mitigate risk by risk transfer and that can only work if the company is sufficiently solid to bear the risk. At first sight this seems obvious and good business.

The long, flat base

Notice how pyramids, as such, are functionally useless, and are not part of a construction repertoire, by which I do not mean pyramid shaped buildings, but actual pyramids. But emblematic they are and rightfully so. Engineering is more about bridges, road and rail lines of communication and various sorts of buildings, depending on function. Pyramids, though, are emblematic of human structures, not without reason. The repetitious work is greatest at the base, hardest higher up. Slavery is equal at any point. How many ground to dust to prevent the remains of one of two from being ground to dust?

From the top

We have a government that wants to grow and promote the intellectual capital of this country. How are we doing? The answer is probably surprisingly well despite, not because of, the government. This applies particularly to my field of IT. Translating requirements into an application is one thing, but translating efficiently, creatively and offering true value for money is something entirely different.