Minor Issue of IT Optimism in the UK

As reported in the London Guardian Unlimited, the UK Custody-National Offender Management Service Information System (C-NOMIS) that was intended to keep close track of the 330,000 prisoners and those serving their probation, is in deep trouble. The cost of the development, originally estimated at â'¿240 million has jumped to an estimated â'¿950 million.

An "urgent review" is now being ordered to see in anything can be salvaged from the effort, which has been halted. About â'¿155 million has been spent so far, and cancellation the program would cost â'¿5o million in cancellation fees.

A government official said without irony that the original cost and schedule were "optimistic." I guess so.

The review will be published this autumn - we'll keep you informed of the outcome.


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