Govt looks to compare our public sector IT projects with other countries

The government is to compare New Zealand's public sector IT projects with those in other countries. Maurice Williamson says a planned review will look at 'how other areas are performing, and whether there are lessons we can learn from them.'

The government is seeking to compare New Zealand's sometimes-troubled public sector IT projects with those in other countries.

Associate State Services Minister Maurice Williamson says a planned review " will involve a detailed analysis to ascertain New Zealand's public sector IT record of successes and problems.

Williamson says the outcomes identified in the analysis will be compared to those achieved in New Zealand's private sector, and those achieved in public and private sector IT projects in "comparable jurisdictions, such as Australia, the UK, USA and Canada"

"This analysis and comparison will show us how the public sector is performing and provide opportunities to improve its effectiveness," he says. "It's not intended to review the guidelines developed for public sector IT, but to be informed by the record of successes and problems to date.

"It's important to see how these other areas are performing, and whether there are lessons we can learn from them."

Williamson says the review, which will be funded within the baselines of five portfilios, should be completed by February 28, 2000.

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