Government to pull the plug on INCIS

Three senior industry sources have independently told Computerworld the government has either pulled the plug on the IBM and INCIS deal - or is about to. One source says IBM has asked that the announcement be delayed.

Three senior industry sources have independently told Computerworld the government has either pulled the plug on the IBM and INCIS deal - or is about to.

One source says IBM asked that the announcement be delayed.

Questions to Police Minister Clem Simich were referred to Finance Minister Bill Birch's office. Birch heads the government oversight committee on INCIS.

Birch's office said there has been no change since a statement was issued a few weeks ago saying Police and IBM are negotiating to reach an agreement.

Computerworld was initially told a consortium was being formed - EDS's name was mentioned prominently - to provide an application set from overseas to sit on top of the INCIS infrastructure. Another source says categorically that EDS was going to supply an application used by the New South Wales police.

Neither EDS nor IBM would comment.

Police IT director Jeffrey Soar said last week work is continuing on the second stage of INCIS. He thought the suggestions were incorrect.

Other sources say there was an ongoing dispute over who should pay for the thousands of man-hours of work still to be done on INCIS.

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