blog It looks like there has finally been some action with regard to the Department of Defence’s long-running plans to pilot thin client desktops to replace its duplicated desktop PC infrastructure problem. iTNews reports that Thales has been chosen for a brief pilot of the technology:
“If the trial goes well, Thales will deliver some 90,000 devices as a managed service to the department by late 2014, five years after the project was conceived.”
Now all kudos to iTNews for breaking this news; it’s an important story and represents a major breakthrough in one of the longest-running desktop migration projects in Australia. As is well-known, Defence has been running multiple desktop systems for different levels of information classification for years — many staff actually have two PCs in their office, as hard as this is to believe.
But I have to correct the outlet on one thing: If Defence does succeed in rolling out thin clients by the beginning of 2015, it will have in fact been seven years since the project was first mooted; with Defence CIO first raising the issue as early as the beginning of 2008. If this doesn’t indicate the glacial speed at which Defence IT is upgraded then nothing will; seven years for a desktop replacment project is nothing short of ludicrous.
I can’t wait for the Federal Auditor-General’s report in 2016.