[LINK] Effect of New Government on ICT in Canberra

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd at iimetro.com.au
Wed Sep 11 11:44:37 AEST 2013

On 11/09/2013 11:30 AM, Kim Holburn wrote:
> On 2013/Sep/11, at 10:46 AM, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>> IMHO, there is a risk that any government thinks that by talking to ICT
>> people, they can make more efficient use of ICT.
>> It's a lot like an overweight person going into a restaurant and asking
>> the chef how they can lose weight.
>> Wrong question, of the wrong person.
> Trouble is who do you ask?  Someone who understands IT?  Someone who thinks they understand IT?  I don't agree really.  Not all IT people want more IT.  Non-IT people are not likely to understand the problem.  What you want, to stretch your metaphor is an IT dietician.

The problem lies on the demand side, not the supply side.

Government needs to understand what it needs ICT to do. It should start 
with its business processes and information management needs. Neither of 
these are technology issues.

If the government can't ask and answer these questions itself, and 
cannot find someone else to help them, then that's the real problem, not 

It's like the drunk at midnight looking for his house keys under a 
street light, even though he lost them round the corner in the dark.

It doesn't actually help that the light is better where he's looking.



Bernard Robertson-Dunn
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