all because the Met don't know how to manage IT contracts.
The Metropolitan Police has inked a £86m deal with Accenture to manage its applications, the latest contract award in the force's plan to shave £200m from its IT budget over the next three years by carving up its existing Capgemini contract. The deal will last for five years, with the option of a three year extension. The …
Tuesday 8th March 2016 15:00 GMT Anonymous Coward
We did exactly the same thing at a previous contract of mine, split one large support contract into 3 smaller ones under the umbrella of a main contractor. It resulted in a lot of finger pointing over even the simplest of issues. Theoretically it's a good model. Unfortunately we don't live in a theoretical world.
Tuesday 8th March 2016 18:28 GMT Anonymous Coward
Of course it does, that's the result anyone would expect. Still, it costs less so CIOs pursue it because they can collect bonuses based on cost cutting and use that to step up the ladder to a bigger job. Taking care to leave before things get to the point where there is more energy expended finger pointing than fixing things and shit hits the fan.
Tuesday 8th March 2016 23:45 GMT All names Taken
Wednesday 9th March 2016 11:23 GMT John Brown (no body)
"Unfortunately we don't live in a theoretical world."
When I first started out as a field break/fix PC service tech over 20 years ago, this was a problem then. Hardware, software and network all "managed" by different companies No doubt other industries have "suffered" the same finger pointing exercises for far longer. No one, it seems, ever "learns lessons".
Tuesday 8th March 2016 15:39 GMT Anonymous Coward
Should have done some detective work
...before awarding that contract to Accenture.
A brief news search on the terms "Accenture" and "Police Scotland" doesn't look like a great advert. But if the Met can't even drive a web browser, then I suppose a botched IT contract will be the least of the problems the people of London have.
Tuesday 8th March 2016 16:24 GMT BelieveItOrNot
Tuesday 8th March 2016 16:34 GMT boltar
Re: what could possibly go wrong?
Given the LSE seem to think that selling the UKs main stock exchange to foreign owners is a good idea (well I suppose if you're on the board and will get a fat golden retirement handshake I suppose it is) the fact that they chose Accenture in the first place doesn't surprise me at all.
Tuesday 8th March 2016 16:32 GMT boltar
They've hired Accenture to SAVE money??
Just wait until the invoices start coming in for "extra" work required. Which is usually to undo some fuckup one of their "consultants" made in the first place.
Still, one can only hope Accenture live down to their usual low standards and totally bugger up the ANPR database in Hendon which illegally stores data on when and where from all APNR cameras in the country for far longer than the law allows.
Tuesday 8th March 2016 18:53 GMT Anonymous Coward
Wednesday 9th March 2016 11:54 GMT John Brown (no body)
Re: Mind how you go!
"NB What ever happened to May's great idea of the 'Police IT Company' to provide these services?"
That might actually make sense if it was restricted to defining a set of APIs so contractors could be brought in to develop back-end or front-end systems that could actually talk to each other. You could even have competing back- or front-end systems.
Ah, the perfect world. If only we lived in it.
Friday 23rd September 2016 09:17 GMT Dave 15
They win the contract because the civil service refuse to allow any new company to win a contract on the stupid clause that 'they havent done it before'... of course they havent because only one company hs.
They then pass the work out to a bunch of engineers in Bangalore (further destroying British industry, further draining money from the UK).
Those engineers will never have done anything like this before (the company has, but not the teams used).
The engineers will get paid nearly the same a month as the police are paying accenture a day.
And so the rich fat cats at the top get richer, the lubricating money slides to the civil servants and politicians who ensure the cosy relationship is protected
The tax payer ends up paying a huge bill for nothing much, gets some platitudes, pays unemployment to engineers here that should be doing the job, and sees shops etc. going bust because the engineers who should be being paid but are on the dole aren't buying anything. Then the taxpayer pays housing benefits to the whole damned lot who should be working but aren't
Then the 'powers that be' insult our intelligence by telling us this is all in the name of 'best value'. Not just the computer systems but police cars, army uniforms, guns, tanks, planes, ships, wall paper.. everything is handled in the same way.
Britain goes down the pan
In the meantime OTHER countries go and buy local and their economies survive and sometimes even flourish (find a foreign build cop car in Germany or France... just try, you will fail)