I didnt think my opinion could sink much lower
Then I saw they were teamed up with McKinsey.
IBM UK and Ireland exec Dan Bailey has been seconded to the Cabinet Office for a six-month contract as interim chief technology officer. His tasks are to include the creation of a pan-government CTO council for the cloud, raising questions of a conflict of interest. At the time of publication, Bailey still stated on his …
If they need McKinsey to help them create a "compelling business case", then isn't that akin to saying "Cloud/Hybrid Cloud is the answer, now what's the question?"
I'm not saying it isn't an answer, but if they don't have a compelling business case in mind already then surely all McKinsey will do is create a compelling business case for the Cabinet Office to blow £3m with McKinsey over 8 weeks.....?
I assume the UK is in the same (sinking) boat as the US. Given that the government isn't able to pay enough to hire top talent, bringing in senior people like Dan Bailey makes begrudging sense.
But using consulting firms like McKinsey almost never does. In the US they are known as Beltway Bandits (the beltway being the ring road around Washington). They exist to give an air of independence to their clients' decisions. But the papers, statistics, and presentations they produce could just as easily be done by civil servants and the imprimatur of Dan Bailey will far exceed that of McKinsey.
Why pay for two expert opinions, especially when only one is truly an expert?