Lessons from IT-related project failures - Logica's CE

Evan Davis and three business leaders have discussed on BBC R4's The Bottom Line the failure of IT-related projects, particularly the NHS IT scheme NPfIT.The BBC programme was entitled "Cock-ups and Conspiracies" and had  as one of the...

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Evan Davis and three business leaders have discussed on BBC R4's The Bottom Line the failure of IT-related projects, particularly the NHS IT scheme NPfIT.

The BBC programme was entitled "Cock-ups and Conspiracies" and had  as one of the guests Andy Gr een, Chief Executive of L ogica. He said of the NPfIT:

"It is a stupid thing for the supply chain to have answered, and it’s a stupid thing for the customer to have asked for."

Green, who joined Logica as CEO in January 2008, said he was in one of the bidders for the NPfIT when he was at BT.

Evan Davis said the NHS IT scheme had cost billions, achieved little and had been running for years. He asked Green: "What's the story?"

Green said: "What  had been promised by the supply chain was fantastic software that had not been designed yet that was going to completely revolutionise hospitals and delivering that proved to be horrendous... in the end it is foolish to set out on a programme that is going to take seven years with a fixed procurement up front, which says we all know everything about it ..."

Fuller article on Andy Green's comments.

BBC R4's The Bottom Line - Cock-ups and conspiracies.

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