blog Remember that private cloud computing environment that the NSW Government is planning to develop for its departments and agencies? The one it discussed in a public forum last month in front of the creme de la creme of Australia’s IT industry? Well, according to Intermedium (we recommend you click here for the full article), the state is actually doing something about the plan, kicking off private talks with key vendors. The publication reports:
“Discussions between the NSW Government and Australia’s major cloud providers are currently underway to ensure the State has a clear idea of what the market has to offer, before it proceeds with a pilot of a private government cloud solution.”
I have to say, it’s just shocking when a state government in Australia outlines its plans to do something with respect to a major IT project and then actually starts to do it, instead of forgetting about it entirely. If this kind of behaviour continues — and there is every indication that the NSW Government is planning to continue in this vein — then who knows what could eventuate? We might have to reform our understanding of how state government IT works. Just think; if major IT projects in Australia’s state governments could actually succeed, what could not be accomplished?
For those who think I’m being overly sarcastic here, I encourage you to read some of the history (say, here, here and here) of state government IT projects on Delimiter over the past few years. The situation is … disturbing, to say the least. The NSW Government currently represents Australia’s best hope of reversing that trend. Let’s wish it the best of luck.