Accenture, Capita, IBM and an £800m budget -- A match made in heaven
Accenture, Capita, IBM and an £800m budget. What can possibly go wrong?
The UK's Crown Commercial Services has awarded Accenture, Capita and IBM spots on an £800m framework created to help the NHS shift to a more agile and/or DevOps-like approach to development and support. The services triumvirate will join Aire Logic, BJSS, Cognizant, Hippo Digital, Infinity Works Consulting, Informed Solutions …
For some reason, I picture three very overweight gentlemen on tiny scooters slowly chasing an asthmatic pensioner for the title of "Most agile NHS".
The overweight gentlemen are being lured towards the finishing sign with £800m worth of junk food bribes.
The asthmatic pesioner is chained to the scooters - it's unclear whether he is supposed to pull them iin the right direction or be dragged to his doom. Or both.
All of whom will be focused on fulfilling their contractual obligations to the letter, rather than the good of the whole project, and who will inevitably start blaming each other for problems, delays and shortcomings when their work has to be integrated, giving the effort that familiar "cats fighting in a bag" feel that any effort that gets outsourced to multiple suppliers has......
Yep, that's gonna be really agile, if you define "unbearably stressful and ineffective" as agile.
You can likely bet that the NHS are the official SI, responsible for coordinating all the parties, and who will then likely not hire someone competent in that role.
Or alternately, they'll assume one of the suppliers will do the SI role for them, but then not include that role in the contact.
Either way, it won't get done, and chaos will ensue!
"Cats fighting in a bag" doesn't even happen at the supplier level - the NHS has as many differing opinions and "IT experts" as it does people virtually. All of them individually "know better" than the IT companies they are hiring but can't gain any client consensus.
Just glad I'm nowwhere near round 2 of this mess.
More tax payers money down the sh1tter.
"All of whom will be focused on fulfilling their contractual obligations to the letter"
I'd be surprised if "ensure vendor lock-in" is part of any of the contracts but it will certainly be upmost in the minds of those who win the contracts...
Or is that a touch too cynical?
>I'm sorry, given how long UK Government has been shoveling money their way, you'd think that the strategic relationship was already developed.
I bet it was previously just established, and is being developed now, given newly available funds, ready to start furthering it.
For example, it runs a system that identifies people eligible for bowel cancer screening, and invites them to clinics. It also provides services to other NHS organisations – it manages a web-based Clinical Audit Platform and the Developer Hub designed to help connect to NHS digital services through its APIs.
You managed to knock that one out without mentioning "AI" once.
We can clearly declare that the intention of David Cameron and Liam Maxwell to break the corrupt relationships in the procurement of goverment services from a select group of multinational system integrators is well and truly over. Whether is billions of pounds on PPE or failed delivery of technology using frameworks these company's have no understanding of the UK government has refound tje path of ensuring tax payers moneys goes into their friends companies profits. This will provide great non executive directorships fir government ministers whenever they leave office. Good on you Britain yoy have re-learned who your bettets are now remember it.