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Canberra mulls IT strike force

By Peter Holland 13 June 2008 24

THE federal Government is considering using a strike force to drive greater efficiencies in its technology operations.The group could operate as part of the Australian Government Information Management Office.

Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner has asked that Peter Gershon look at beefing up AGIMO’s responsibilities as part of his review of the government’s $6 billion annual IT spending.

So far, the office has largely focused on developing web-based initiatives for the government, such as its Wiki-based platform, GovDex and the $42 million central online portal, australia. gov.au. “The difficulty we’ve got at the moment is that AGIMO’s role is very limited because you’ve got all the decision-making responsibility in individual agencies,” Mr Tanner said.

“I wouldn’t pre-empt the outcomes of the Gershon Review, but a specific thing we’ve asked him to report on is options for a more centrally co-ordinated set of arrangements, and that by definition would involve AGIMO or an equivalent playing a bigger role in technology projects.”

This includes the idea of assembling an IT strike force of experienced IT campaigners to direct projects across the government’s 800-plus agencies.

How cool! a strike force.

just what we need to combat frivolous spending in government departments….

for the full article, see here: (http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,23762858-15306,00.html)

have many of you heard about Peter Gershon and his task to simplify the purchasing and implementation processes for ICT within the federal government? this guy appears to be a one-man committee…

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tandu 4:11 pm 16 Jun 08

Kramer said :

We run a mix of Windows and Linux, and have an enterprise licence for each which covers software, support, etc. Linux is almost twice the price per seat compared to Windows – I guess this is what you pay to guarantee that free software works like enterprise software. If you start looking into the TCO (particularly patching) for large numbers of servers the story for Linux gets worse.

That said, if you have a small number of servers and don’t care about support, run Linux.

Seems like you’re getting ripped off, they saw you coming.

Now, at the risk of beating you with a clue-stick I’d suggest you talk to some of the grown-ups, like Sun, IBM, Google etc and see how the Big Boys do it.

If your Windows licensing and support costs are less than Linux then, frankly, you’re living in a world of make believe, or you work for Microsoft,or they fell off the back of a truck, or something.

I assume you’re actually talking about OS licensing?… *hint..trick question* as opposed to application licensing ?

Skidbladnir 2:26 pm 16 Jun 08

Kramer said :

Sure it will kill off the small businesses, but soon enough they will be bought out by the big companies if they are any good 😉

I vote we make Kramer the Minister for IISR or SBICTSE.

Skidbladnir 2:17 pm 16 Jun 08

jvb said :

How do you rationalise the transaction processing requirements of the large public facing departments like Centrelink, Medicare, ATO, with web information based requirements of places like FACSIA and the like?

FaHCSIA has a records management system, seen as humourously named by some, since anyone who has ever used it generally says “Imanage without it”.
But the funding contracts & funded client management system is fine, so long as you know what you’re doing.

Kramer 2:06 pm 16 Jun 08

I reckon there is heaps to be saved around IT purchasing, especially for the smaller agencies who have to go it alone up against the IT vendors, meanwhile the vendors will cower and cut their prices to make deals with the big departments. Setup a panel consisting of the major hardware and software vendors, get them to submit monthly or quarterly pricing for their products, and the little agencies can choose and purchase through this channel rather than all tendering individually. Sure it will kill off the small businesses, but soon enough they will be bought out by the big companies if they are any good 😉

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