Whitehall urged to learn from Northern Ireland

Thomson, Rebecca
November 2007
Computer Weekly;11/13/2007, p10
Trade Publication
The article focuses on an information technology (IT) change programme which is underway in Northern Ireland. It is informed that the £800million programme will consolidate IT systems and services across 11 government departments. While Northern Ireland has been quietly working towards shared services and the efficiency gains they can deliver, the civil service in the rest of Great Britain has been accused of suffering from inertia when it comes to forcing through change. Reasons given for resisting system integration and consolidation include the size of Whitehall departments, system complexity and the security of sharing sensitive data.


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