A reader emails their thoughts on the Auckland Council IT debacle and predicts that it won’t be the last we hear about the wasteful and idiotic IT spend.
â€śAn Auckland Council IT project originally budgeted to cost $71 millionÂ shouldÂ be delivered for the new cost of $172 millionâ€ť, says a senior council executive.
I just love how committed they soundâ€¦
This is absolutely bloody disgusting.Â That is an overrun of $65 for every man woman and child in Auckland.
The council only has staff of 8000, meaning the number is $12,500 for every employee.Â You could almost build a brand new infrastructure for that in the private sector, in fact it is basically the baseline average private sector IT cost per employee per annum gone out the window in one project overrun; this is $13164USD in a recent Gartner study.
Perversely over here one of the main guyâ€™s responsible for it is being lauded as the next top future CIO:
â€śTo try and achieve a world class IS transformation with a limited budget is of course a new challenge for me,â€ť says Holtzhauzen.â€ť
Quite. Â Read more »