Thinking it through: AGIMO and cloud vs Health and the PCEHR

Let’s compare Health’s approach to the PCEHR to that of AGIMO and cloud computing. If you believe the vendor world (and I don’t) cloud computing can save IT departments huge amounts of money and can make them more responsive with respect to system demand for resources. AGIMO (who is primarily interested in internal government IT systems, not Australia’s IT industry) Continue reading Thinking it through: AGIMO and cloud vs Health and the PCEHR

Cloud Computing Definition

I posted this to the Link mailing list on 28 July 2013 (see at the bottom for information on this mailing list) Having spent a fair bit of time looking at “cloud”, here’s my 2 pennyworth. Virtalisation technology (Operating System, Storage and Network) moved into the midrange/internet market a few years ago. Most of these concepts have been around in Continue reading Cloud Computing Definition

How to take a problem oriented approach

I’ve sometimes (often?) been in the situation where I’ve been put on a project where the only input is a business case that says something like “we are going to run a project to develop and implement a system that does these things ….”. In other words – a solution. Unfortunately, there is no description or analysis of the business Continue reading How to take a problem oriented approach

Another dumb government IT RFT

The Australian Government’s Department of Health and Ageing has issued an RFT: Request for Tender (RFT) for the provision of Solution Delivery Services to deliver an Aged Care Gateway system. The tender itself can be accessed here, but you need to register: https://www.tenders.gov.au/?event=public.atm.show&ATMUUID=DC791DB6-C72E-F0E5-A27B5DD541C4AE07 There is an overview of the tender here: http://aushealthit.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/doha-has-released-major-ict-tender.html This was my comment on that blog: David, Continue reading Another dumb government IT RFT

Another (useless) Government ICT strategic plan

The Australian State Government of Victoria has released its Victorian Government ICT Strategy 2013 to 2014 To me it looks like almost any other mid-size enterprise that wants to use ICT to run business applications and to engage with external users. There’s very little in it that says “The Victorian government has particular and specific business requirements which has resulted Continue reading Another (useless) Government ICT strategic plan

Why Steve Jobs was a system architect and Bill Gates wasn’t

Steve Jobs understood how to communicate with both the problem domain and the solution domain. He also had style and drive, but essentially he operated as a problem oriented architect. He didn’t have the skills to do the technical design or run the business. But what he did have was the ability to cross the divide. Jobs had a problem Continue reading Why Steve Jobs was a system architect and Bill Gates wasn’t