Reply to post: Standards?

Police ICT Company kills £500m procurement, no longer wants one box shifter to rule them all



Why do so many organisations, like police or the NHS, have so much difficulty working in a unified manner? Why doesn't the central government dept in charge formulate standards and then each force or whatever have to buy products that comply with them? They don't all have to use the same piece of software, but if they all implement the same APIs and work with each other, then surely that's better than the current weird mess?

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