[LINK] Data centre strategy may overload electricity grid

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Wed Oct 8 16:34:37 EST 2008

Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> Tom Worthington wrote:
>> At 10:22 PM 1/10/2008, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>>> <brd>This "consolidated approach to data centre management" was what started
>>> the whole of government IT outsourcing push that ended in tears ...
>> Hopefully we have learnt how to do things better since then. But 
>> perhaps all of those who learnt have left the public service? ;-)
> I suspect you are correct about those who have learnt have left the 
> public service. I have my copy of Clients First (c 1996) at the ready to 
> compare with the Gershon report, or whatever the government decides to 
> release of it.
> The government has already saved money as the result of the review, even 
> before it got the outcome - it put a hold on all contracts longer than 
> 12 months. This is unlikely to be relaxed until next year. Meanwhile, 
> agencies cannot proceed with urgent projects (eg replacement for the IT 
> outsourcing currently with Commander who went into liquidation), 
> contractors are leaving town and vendors are getting fed up.
> Its a repeat of déjà vu all over again.

I disagree that the data centre management model is the whole of government
outsourcing model.

Bright eyed and bushytailed...my first job, in Canberra, was working on a
timeshared Cyber 76 on CSIRONET, way back in 1982. I also decommissioned
a card punch, introducing a PC (Northstar/CPM) and "End User computing".

The next job, was insourcing from the Cyber 76 to an inhouse prime.....

The Government Bureau service model being resurrected in Queensland, along with 
a new role of CITO gets my vote:

> CITEC is the primary technology service provider for the Queensland Government delivering both whole-of-government and agency specific ICT services. CITEC's range of ICT services include: data centre services, infrastructure services, network services, solutions integration services and information brokerage services.

Marghanita da Cruz
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