blog Remember Queensland Health’s botched payroll systems overhaul? The project which was initially estimated to a relatively small initiative, but ballooned out in value to more than $1.2 billion and stil doesn’t quite work? The one which the Queensland Government is still considering suing contractor IBM over? The one IBM claimed it successfully delivered its promises on? Yeah. According to an article in the Courier Mail this morning, the new LNP administration in Queensland is considering ditching the whole thing and starting again. The newspaper reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“Health Minister Lawrence Springborg last night said despite attempts to fix it, ongoing problems were “serious enough to warrant having a close look at” junking it entirely.”
It’s hard to know what to make of this potential move by the Queensland Government. On the one hand, given that the new payroll platform still doesn’t really work and is going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars to remediate, it would certainly be an attractive option to ditch the whole plan and start again fresh. On the other hand, detailed reports such as this audit by KPMG have already outlined a comprehensive path forward for the payroll overhaul, and it’s hard to escape the feeling that starting fresh would quite likely lead to another disaster of epic proportions, four years down the track. Not exactly a set of enviable options.
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