Tag Results for IT mercy rule (10)

  1. How Do You Create an £8 million IT Project? Start With an £819,000 Project

    Swansea Council in Wales was supposed to get a new payroll system in 2006 for £819,000. However, problems kept cropping up, until the Council decided in June to cancel the project. However, according to news reports, the potential bill from the contractor for all the work done amounts to more than £8 million. The contractor, Cap Gemini, disputes this amount, saying no final bill has been submitted. However, the Swansea Council's executive director was quoted as saying saying that the £8 million figure was made up of "invoices that have …

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  2. Dismal State of Information Technology in US Government

    The US Senateâ''s Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security heard testimony yesterday on what its describes as the â''Dismal State of Information Technology Planning in the Federal Government.â'' And dismal it is. According to the US Government Accountability Office, "OMB (Office of Management and Budget) and federal agencies have identified approximately 413 IT projects--totaling at least $25.2 billion in expenditures for fiscal year 2008--as being poorly planned, poorly performing, or both. Specifically, through the Management Watch List process, OMB determined that 352 projects (totaling about $23.4 billion) are poorly planned. In …

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  3. IT Mercy Rule Called: Seasprite Contact Cancelled

    The Australian Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon decided it was time to invoke the IT mercy rule and announced that he was terminating the ill-fated Super Seasprite avionics upgrade program after 11 years of futility. The total amount the canceled program will cost Australian taxpayers is estimated to be about AU$1.3 billion, not counting the costs of procuring a new helicopter or the costs/risks associated with Australia's eight ANZAC class frigates not having helicopters providing anti-surface and surveillance capabilities for probably another 5 years. Nine of the Seasprites have been delivered …

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  4. Wisconsin Prison Software System Misses Fourth Deadline

    The first phase of a new $25 million computer system project to keep track of Wisconsin's 23,000 prisoners will miss its December 2007 deadline - the fourth such schedule slip since the project started in 2003. The project is now at least 18 months late in its first phase: it has three more stages to go. It was originally scheduled for completion in May of 2009, but it is more like sometime in 2011 before it will be finished, assuming the other three stages don't have problems. The project is fixed price, so the state Department of Corrections claims …

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  5. Australian Super Seasprite Software Problems - A Record?

    Australian pals of mine clued me in on the latest program problems with the Australian Department of Defence's Super Seasprite upgrade program. Begun in 1997, the program was meant to upgrade the electronics and some other bits of 11 of these 1960s-era helicopters (Defence calls them "mature helicopters") over five years for an original cost of AU$745 million; the cost to complete is now estimated to range around AU$1.5 billion. Up until a few weeks ago, the Australian Defence Department said their Super Seasprites would become operational in 2008, but that date has now been slipped to 2011. Software …

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  6. No One Did Anything Wrong

    As reported in the Palm Beach Post, the Palm Beach County courts are trying to determine whether they should scrap their computer system that had a $13.6 million upgrade last year. The upgrade got them off their old mainframe onto a newer platform, and it was slated to give the court some functional upgrades as well. Unfortunately, things haven't turned out too well. For example, when the court's computer system electronically alerts the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles of license suspensions, court staff have to telephone the DMV to ensure the information was not only received but received correctly. …

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  7. Calling the "A-Team" for a Low-Risk Project

    Speaking of the IT mercy rule, for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secure Border Initiative's SBInet Project 28, they now appear to be 8 runs down and its the bottom of the fifth inning. DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff told the House Committee on Homeland Security that payment to the Boeing Company, the prime contractor, was being suspended until it can prove that the "virtual fence" can be made to work. Seems that there is a "software glitch" and some integration issues that are causing problems. Chertoff, however, is reportedly confident …

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  8. IT Mercy Rule

    Rule 4.10 (e) of Little baseball states that: "If one team has a lead of 10 runs or more after the game becomes a regulation game, the game is over." Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del. has suggested during last week's Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security hearings on High Risk IT: Is Poor Management Leading to Billions in Waste?, that something akin to the mercy rule needs to be invoked on government IT projects, according to Government Executive magazine. Carper reportedly said that, "Some …

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