Feeds

German-spouting HR system costs UK gov £80m

'Stupendous incompetence'

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

A Department for Transport computer system that was supposed to save British taxpayers £57m will instead leave them £80m in the hole.

And to add linguistic insult to fiscal injury, Conservative MP Edward Leigh says that Department for Transport staff don't trust the system because it has a habit of issuing messages in German.

As trumpeted by The Daily Mail, a report from Leigh and other MPs accuses the Department for Transport of "stupendous incompetence."

"Stupendous incompetence" does not appear to be an overstatement. The original proposal for the system stated that it would cost £55m and result in an overall savings of £112m.

No such luck.

The Department for Transport now says that the system will cost £121m and generate savings of a mere £40m - that's £80m to the bad, a far cry from the original £57m to the good.

For their part, the Transporters are reacting with as-expected sheepish obsequiousness, saying that "We welcome this report and will be responding to it in due course."

There's no word if that response will include the rolling of blameworthy heads. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.