blog State Governments around Australia don’t really have a great track record when it comes to technology right now. Victoria and Queensland have demonstrated a complete inability to successfully deliver major ICT projects, and they and the other states also have wide-ranging programs with fundamental ICT service delivery to departments and agencies. However, major ICT projects still need to go ahead. Today’s winner is Transport for NSW, which, iTNews reports (we recommend you click here for the full article), has a major ERP systems overhaul on the cards:
“Transport for NSW is about to embark on a $150 million project to consolidate ERP systems across the state’s transport portfolio.”
To my mind, this is the perfect project to be set up for failure. It has all the ‘danger’ flags: A major consolidation of business systems, a huge budget, projected savings and so on. We’ve seen precisely this kind of project go haywire in multiple states over the past half-decade. Let’s hope Transport for NSW’s project is gifted with incredible project governance and stays on track. Because the evidence shows that this is the kind of project that the NSW Auditor-General will be very, very interested in in about five years’ time. I’m not kidding: This is a perfect candidate for a problem IT project, a few years down the track. I hope those running it are very aware of that fact.