[LINK] UK computer crash
rick at praxis.com.au
Sun Nov 28 11:14:38 EST 2004
Jan Whitaker wrote:
> A Tory frontbencher and a leftwing trade union leader yesterday called
> for a review of government IT contracts after the Department for Work
> and Pensions computer fiasco.
> David Willetts, shadow secretary for the ministry, said problems were
> "more serious" than the government admitted after this week's collapse
> of 80,000 desktop machines and delays to amending and processing new
> "They have been very reluctant to tell us what happened. They said the
> problems were intermittent but they were more serious than that," said
> Mr Willetts.
I know what happened. So does the Register:
Summary: EDS and Microsoft attempted to migrate a few ("seven") Win 2K workstns
over to Win XP IN A LIVE ENVIRONMENT. The idiots got it wrong and migrated
80% of the entire system, and migrated it wrong. The affected PCs wound
up in a permanent BSOD state and could not be patched or rebooted to a safe
This follows on the heels of another £456 MILLION fiasco by EDS this
Summary: Very serious problems arose when migrating the Child Support Agency
(CSA) system. Three quarters of a million CSA payment cases are now backlogged
on a system that performs 20% slower than the system EDS replaced. CSA staff are
handling the backlog with calculators and paper (!).
More at: <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/04/26/child_support_agency_it_failure/>
How do these "consultants" get away with these blunders? So far, my reading
indicates that the U.K. government is "punishing" EDS by withhold approx 20%
of their monthly fees (!) We are talking over a $ BILLION of waste here ...
total waste, since the CSA project will be shelved. Never to be used.
Rick Welykochy || Praxis Services
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