MoD mega gov-IT project only mildly catastrophic - NAO
Military celebrate limited-disaster triumph
The UK Ministry of Defence has received some qualified praise for its ongoing, enormous effort to replace hundreds of different internal IT systems comprising scores of thousands of machines with a single integrated infrastructure.
War is Dell nowadays, apparently.
The National Audit Office, reporting on the Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) project, says that costs are being controlled and kit works - but delivery is slower than it should be.
“It was always going to be a demanding task for the Ministry of Defence to replace its diverse information technology with a single, high quality system," said Tim Burr, top government auditor.
"The MoD started with a clear vision of what it wanted to achieve and acted to address known risks. But the Programme has run into difficulties and further concerted action will be needed to increase the rate of roll out of terminals and to deliver the remaining software.”
The NAO says that Defence programme managers and contractors have "largely" stayed in control of costs, with the forecast pricetag escalating by only 3 per cent since 2005. The auditors also say that the hardware and software delivered so far generally works, and that the project has delivered useful systems quickly to support campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.
However, the NAO report says that rollout rates have been unacceptably slow. It seems that there should have been nearly 63,000 terminals up and running as of July '07. In fact, there were only 29,000 and the DII first increment completion date is set to be 18 months late. Likewise, despite unchanged software requirements from the customer, "the Programme has experienced difficulties in delivering" the required applications.
Even so, in the general context of massive UK gov IT projects, the DII seems to be proceeding relatively well. ®
Good, Quick, Cheap
Pick two (at most).
Looks like they picked two - well done!
This is how systems get developed.
Re: It depends who runs the projects etc
"The three DII projects I worked on were mainly run by Military project managers and not civil servants." - good point sir, this maybe explains why DII hasn't been the usual disaster. Don't suppose we can get the DII PM's to train their compatriots in the NHS and other .gov.uk projects - especially. HMRC and DWP? Heck the money saved might be enough to actually get the troops stuff they need - body armour, bullets, housing that isn't slums, etc. (I'm assuming - of course - that Darling and the PM wouldn't claw back the savings - I know I'm naive!)
AC wrote "So you aren't aware that EDS is the prime contractor on this project then?"
I was - which is why I said there's more than just EDS doing DII - heck, no way do I want them to get all the credit (if there is any)!
(Coat icon in acknowledgement of that I'll have to go for a walk now to cool off...)
The contract was placed with EDS and Fujitsu, so not much chance of Dell getting a look in unless there have been major changes in the last 3 years