Fantastic opportunity for someone
To funnel cash to their corporate pals, BoJo style.
The UK's Ministry of Justice is hiring a director of technology, offering £130,000 plus a season ticket loan for whoever wins the chance to "fix the basics" of Britain's disintegrating, delay-ridden, semi-digitised justice system. "You will be responsible for delivery of technology services that meet the changing needs of all …
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It will have to be made very clear who is the actual customer (i.e., the person who actually states the requirements and pays the invoices), as opposed to all the various different users.
You have to be very careful how you treat the various PCUs (Professional Court Users). Lawyers, barristers etc. representing clients get access to the relevant court files, but Judges, get 'whatever they want'. You have to provide access to court documents somehow to people representing themselves, over secure WiFi in the court building, whilst at the same time preventing anyone else from using the free WiFi for anything else. And then there are the central systems.
The lucky appointee will have to balance many customers' interests, wants and desires, but note that "customers" is an anagram of "curse most". Now I am not saying that judges are a law unto themselves, but they do not, as a whole, appear to enjoy being told "no, you cannot have that", or even asked "why do you need that?"
I do not envy whoever takes this on, and £130k per year does not seem very much for anyone who actually has the necessary talents to get it done well. However, Bill Gates is no longer running MicroSoft, so maybe he can be persuaded? ;o)
That salary is not going to attract anyone with the necessary technical skills, the appetite to fix an IT mess that dates back over a decade, and the ability to put up with this government's BS - and inevitably having your name publicly smeared as the scapegoat for 10 years of incompetent s**tf*ckery.
Could someone please point me to a Government IT project that has not gone poorly in the UK ?
Just one ?
Because I can't remember ever hearing about one.
Emergency services communications ? The old one was going to be cut off and the new one wasn't in place.
NHS ? Please.
No, somebody please tell me that something has gone well in UK Goverment IT services.
Oh, the lifts are working ? Well that's something, I guess.
Part of the problem is scale. A fiend in the MoD once asked me why I was sure the NHS project (whichever one it was at the time) would fail and I said, "Because it would be the biggest successful IT project ever completed anywhere in the world by anyone in the whole history of IT if it did work. Does that sound likely?"
Don't kid yourself that the private sector has a long list of successful IT projects on this scale because it ain't so; quite the opposite.
Courts and NHS both have enormously wide parameters about what sort of documents they have to be able to handle and the skills of the people handling them - which includes bods off the street in both cases.
It's a bloody hard task, not helped by the fact that the Govt puts no effort into finding a decent partner but always turns to crooks like KPMG and the other shitbags of multinational consultancy. But even so, there just are not many (if any) companies capable of implementing this stuff.
Pascal Monett> "Could someone please point me to a Government IT project that has not gone poorly in the UK ?"
Of course not, they are all classified "TOP SECRET". If there were known to be competent systems integrators who delivered IT systems on time, to budget which actually met the well-researched and clearly defined specifications, then HMG would never be able to give lucrative contracts to their failing friends again. Use your common sense.
As for the lifts, I used the ones in Empress State Building near Earl's Court. Everyone tried to avoid lift number 6 because it was clearly there on holiday from the future of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation, would go up or down as it chose and would frequently NOT OPEN THE DOOR when it stopped at the floor of its choice, even though my name is not Dave and I wasn't conspiring against it. (But I'm over that now and bear it no ill will.)
I've got an AWS account. There are myriad services there that I've poked with a stick and not completely broken (okay it's possible there are more that I have). Spending money frivolously is also a core talent of mine. I also like to put all my eggs in one basket as they're easier to find when you're shitfaced drunk. Anyway, hiding eggs all over the place is the sign of an eggoholic.
Now where was I? Oh right, application. "Name". Right, a bit too complicated for me I'm afraid.
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