Government and IT systems. ¬†It’s a big hole that you ¬†just keep pouring money into.
A major government IT project is three years late and nearly $30 million over budget.
The first stage of the Joint Border Management System (JBMS) – merging the computer systems of Customs and the Ministry for Primary Industries – was supposed to be finished by the end of 2012 at a cost of $75.9 million.
Secrecy has shrouded the problems which beset the project, but the Herald can reveal the budget has soared to $104.1 million, and the system is now expected to be operating by the end of next year.
Projected savings of $535 million over 10 years will now take 15 years to achieve according to papers released under the Official Information Act.
Crisis talks were held weekly between the chief executives of the agencies and IBM, the documents show, and high-powered legal advice was obtained from Crown Law and the Chapman Tripp firm.
Ministers of relevant departments, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the State Services Commission were also briefed on the problems with JBMS.
A court case was avoided after 10 months of negotiations.
10 months of basically no progress, and 10 months of reworking the specs, 10 months of increasing the scope.
10 months of justifying more money.