Some random thoughts about Auckland’s IT debacle

The more I think about Auckland’s IT debacle the angrier I get.

Let’s put some perspective on?the?more than $1 billion spend.

Total amount blown by?the?Auckland Council on IT =?$1.24 billion. There is no revenue to the Council for that spend: it is gone, with more bills to continue. No profit either…just ongoing massive sunk costs.

In contrast the market capitalisation of a company like Xero is $2.03 billion, and they have revenue…$70.1 million in 2014 and $123.9 million in 2015.

New Zealand’s largest IT company is Datacom.

New Zealand head-quartered and owned information and technology organisation Datacom Group Ltd is pleased to report a strong year of progress and substantial lift in profit for the year ending 31 March 2014.

The total Group profit before tax totalled $64.7m compared to last year?s $50.9m, an increase of 27%.? Operating profit before gains on assets divested was in line with last year, with overall revenue up by 1.3% from $870m to $881m.

Datacom Group Chairman Craig Boyce says, ?We?re pleased to report an excellent performance.? Overall the Group maintained a 10-year compound annual growth rate of 12.5% for revenue and 11% for profit; this result demonstrates the sound strategic direction of the company and the long-term financial stability of the Datacom Group.?

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