Updated: Apr 19, 2019
Queensland in Australia is struggling amidst an unsustainable government technology posture. It developed over decades. It must end now. The problem is highlighted in a discussion over the first round of job cuts that will result from brave new steps the government is looking to take.
The problem is far from unique in QLD. It is global. It is local. It exists in your schools, in your local council, in your regional government, in state departments and inside each of our central governments. It is not necessary. It is a challenging problem, but not nearly as intractable as the issues that are starved for funding because we refuse to solve the IT problem.
But there is incredibly good news. The components exist to fix it. The technologies needed are now robust. The security top notch. We have citizen developers standing at the ready and showing up at hackathons to provide the innovation and a private sector ecosystem that can support it long term.
So, CIO’s, Ministers of ICT, Premiers, Mayors, Governors, pay heed. I don’t care which cloud platform you switch to (OK, I have an opinion, but you get what I am saying). I do care that you tear down these walls. Eliminate the infrastructure tax. Stop paying the Software tax. It is starving missions in need of reform. And, if you accomplish the brave switch, you will have resources to deploy as you need and agility to do things unheard of before.
The time is now.