Suppliers shortlist for GovNext ICT overhaul

The state government has shortlisted six companies in the latest phase of its GovNext project to outsource its information and communications technology.


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It is very disappointing to see a very short list of the usual suspects in this list. After hearing all about the government's (supposedly genuine) interest in hearing from, and being offered, truly innovative offerings from all and sundry, and stating that small guys could have just as much chance as the big guys, this has turned out to be simply lip service and an honest waste of everyone's time who were told they'd have half a chance. The aim for the gov is to lower costs, and based on (some) of those in this list, costs are going to go anywhere except down.... Disappointing (but not surprising) to see this happen over and over again.. How many IT projects have to come in over budget (some projects double or a lot more...) before someone seriously gets in (serious) strife for it? Only time will truly tell I guess, there is a first time for everything...

I totally agree Justin. As a "smaller" IT provider here in Perth, we often don't bother responding to Government Tenders as the list of the usual suspects referenced in the article above have got such a stranglehold on the market. Initially, they are able to go in with resource rates and project costs that are very appealing but as we have seen, time and time again, end up coming undone once all the "variations" are accounted for. Hopefully a lesson is learnt sometime soon....

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