In the public sector it’s all too common to find disjointed IT and procurement “silos,” each with its own separate staff and little to no awareness of other agencies’ strategies and IT spend. But that old-school mentality has become increasingly untenable and unsustainable.
Calls for fundamental IT reform have grown louder as government at all levels comes to grips with a new fiscal reality. Despite the rising intensity of the debate, the discussion has frequently rehashed the same tired and well-worn arguments. Many efforts have been strikingly unoriginal — rearranging staff, delaying capital purchases, instituting layoffs and taking other short-term measures.