blog Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. If you’ve been reading Delimiter over the past several years, you will have realised that the Queensland Government, and in particular Queensland Health, does not have a spectacular relationship with global IT services outfit IBM.
IBM, after all, was the lead contractor on Queensland Health’s payroll systems replacement project, which ended up a billion-dollar disaster, in the halls of an official Commission of Inquiry, and ultimately in court, where the Queensland Government recently spectacularly lost a lawsuit against IBM over the project and still bans IBM from winning new deals with the Queensland Government.
All this is what makes today’s news so unusual. iTnews is reporting this afternoon, with comment from several of the parties involved, that Queensland Health CIO Colin McCririck (pictured, below) has resigned for a job with IBM in the US. The site reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“Queensland Health’s CIO and chief of its e-health arm Colin McCririck has resigned to join IBM in the United States.”
In some ways, this news is not a huge deal. McCririck has only been in the role since December last year; after another year as Queensland Health’s CTO. And he has a long history within Suncorp’s IT management team. It’s possible that one of the drivers for the jump to the US was a link with former Suncorp CIO Jeff Smith, who also took a role with IBM in the US recently.
And McCririck was not involved in the payroll bungle.
However, there is also no doubt that many will see this leap as a bad look for the government in general. After all, the state was not able to retain for more than a couple of years a top-flight, experienced IT executive such as McCririck, who had come from the private sector to help out Queensland Health with its (myriad) problems.
My suspicion is that Queensland Health’s IT department is something akin to a basket of snakes at this point, and that its IT systems are a complete mess. One hopes that Queensland Health does a better job of retaining its new CIO. They need a good one.
Image credit (headshot): Colin McCririck