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A bad time to be selling IT to the Commonwealth?

By johnboy - 15 October 2008 25

MIS Australia has a story from the Financial Review on how hard it is to be selling information technology to Government right now.

It’s $6 billion worth of business.

Will anyone notice if it’s gone?

What’s Your opinion?


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A bad time to be selling IT to the Commonwealth?
tylersmayhem 3:12 pm 15 Oct 08

Maybe, but a long boozy lunch often does the trick.

Indeed, the old days style of negotiation always seemed to work well so I hear. 🙂

johnboy 3:03 pm 15 Oct 08

tylersmayhem said :

Money would have changed hands to look the other way, behind closed doors – simple

Maybe, but a long boozy lunch often does the trick.

tylersmayhem 2:41 pm 15 Oct 08

How a contract could be awarded to a company that had had multiple media stories written about their financial troubles (and had made public statements to the ASX) is beyond me.

Money would have changed hands to look the other way, behind closed doors – simple

AG Canberra 2:15 pm 15 Oct 08

They might be a bit shy awarding IT contracts – since the last one issued by Finance was to a company that went into recievership THREE DAYS LATER!

The story goes that a small agency contract for 12 months and worth about $3mil was awarded to Commander (owner of Volante)…..and three days later the recievers walked in. How a contract could be awarded to a company that had had multiple media stories written about their financial troubles (and had made public statements to the ASX) is beyond me. And those jokers at Finance are supposed to be leading the “Whole of Government” purchasing decisions.

farq 1:35 pm 15 Oct 08

Kramer: hardcore. The site does render reasonably well in lynx.

Kramer 1:23 pm 15 Oct 08

Ah ha TuxPaint… the things I would find out if only I installed a gui….

fnaah 1:03 pm 15 Oct 08

Edubuntu comes with TuxPaint, which would be more accessible to young’uns, but it’s nice to see Gimp in there for older kids and students who want to get in to media production or design.

Kramer 12:34 pm 15 Oct 08

From my perspective there has been a bit of uncertainty, especially around new contracts & tenders – a bit of a go-no-go situation. We are still progressing some new contracts, however I know there are quite a few waiting in the wings both with my organisation, and with other government agencies, waiting for the new commonwealth procurement flood gates to open.

Good to see NSW coming onboard with ubuntu – it’s pretty close to our heart at RiotACT. Although I don’t know about the reference to kids using Gimp – it’s too bloody complicated, they’ll need a new stream of classes (give me MS Paint on Linux 🙂

Aurelius 11:47 am 15 Oct 08

fnaah,
I dunno what it was about. I know he had meetings in Sydney and Melbourne during his trip. And I know he ate lunch yesterday at the Commonwealth Club in the company of some of his duller underlings, as well as a cute blonde.

fnaah 11:46 am 15 Oct 08

Arrgh! Edubuntu. And now I’m a three-post nutbag. Again. :/

fnaah 11:45 am 15 Oct 08

Doh, i’m displaying my famous inability to read again. Laptops are going to be kubuntu-based.

fnaah 11:44 am 15 Oct 08

The CEO of Redhat was in town yesterday to speak to several MPs up on the Hill.

Wasn’t that more to do with NSW school laptops?

Linky: http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,24490953-15306,00.html

… although I guess it would have been silly of him to be up on the hill and not try and convert as many people as possible. Good luck to him, would be nice to see less taxpayer money spent on unnecessary Microsoft licensing.

tylersmayhem 11:04 am 15 Oct 08

IT is here to stay. It’s a matter of companies being able to weather the slow times, and be ready with resourcing for the busy times. Any sector, private or Gov. would be crazy to “ratchet back” too much of their IT solutions – as they will feel it very quickly.

Aurelius 10:16 am 15 Oct 08

The CEO of Redhat was in town yesterday to speak to several MPs up on the Hill.

harvyk1 10:06 am 15 Oct 08

A bad time to be selling IT to the Commonwealth will be followed by an exceptionally good time selling IT to the Commonwealth.

IT is considered one of those things. Managers are now aware of what new technology allows them to do. New and shiny syndrome ain’t leaving us (especially managers) any time soon. In reality this just means that your going to have to make extra sure your solution stands out. But the money will still be there for the standout solutions. IT is to ingrained.

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