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Fixing government IT procurement - Part II
Part II: A modest proposal
Having described a problem so pervasive in the status quo of government software procurement - which has led to a situation I have characterised, without hyperbole, as a hostage situation - I would like to offer a proposal for fixing this very precarious situation: a better procurement model for New Zealand government.
Fixing government IT procurement
Today in New Zealand, local and central government procurement of IT services and software uses a model which, it is widely thought in the domestic IT industry, produces unsatisfactory results. Despite many years of tweaks and refinements, the current RFP model and various vendor panels have not made measurable improvements. Many of us in the domestic industry believe a more drastic change is required.
Part one of two parts.
Brislen on Tech
A few weeks ago we talked about the EU and its plan to introduce new copyright laws in the shape of Article 11 and Article 13. I suggested the EU would be stupid to do so because they don't understand what they would mean for the internet. I hoped they would be watered down or rejected entirely and that saner minds would prevail.
Reader, they did not.
So the EU now has a new approach to copyright which will entrench existing businesses as leaders in their fields (think Google, YouTube, Facebook et al) and make it cost prohibitive for any new provider to enter the market. The Two Pauls' World of IT will, I am sorry to say, not be coming to a web browser near you any time soon.
[PLUS: gender equality, and trees vs wifi]
No AirPower for Apple at this point
A year after buying New Zealand wireless charging company PowerbyProxi, Apple is apparently no closer to launching a consumer product on the market, despite announcing it would in 2018.
Brislen on Tech
Telephones used to be such simple things. You grabbed them by the nose and turned the dial around and lo! You could talk to someone.
Then they became terribly complicated beasts. They were portable…
Derek Handley: The CTO role
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Apple launch snooze fest oh hello, what's this?
It is a ritual as old as time itself (well, certainly for the past 11 years at least). The pilgrimage to the well of all things - the annual Apple announcement about some new gear.
What is a DEDIMAG anyway?
What is DEDIMAG and how does it fit in with the government's CTO project?
Five Eyes calls on tech sector to 'do the right thing'
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Brislen on Tech
There's really only one tech story of note this week - the rise and fall of the country's CTO, a role which hasn't even been filled yet.
The CTO role was initially mooted by Rod Drury who, presumab…
Untangling the NZ CTO
As we approach the announcement of the inaugural NZ CTO I've seen a few lengthy comments about the nature role and what it needs to do that are quite different from what I thought this role was all ab…