Public sector information technology – a look at ongoing large projects

Snapshot of some of the largest ongoing public sector technology projects worldwide. Please add comments if you know of other noteworthy projects that are not listed.

US Navy – Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

The SAP implementation includes 50 government employees and 500 consultants . It was started in 2004 and is expected to complete in 2013, its budgeted at $1.4 billion. It is expected to support 185,000 users and accounting, supply chain, HR, distribution, and purchasing functions.

India – Biometric Identity Cards

Nandan Nilekani, CEO and co-founder of $25 billion Infosys, has left his position to lead the Indian government project to give biometric identity cards to 1.2 billion citizens. The ID cards are expected to help under-priviliged, reduce corruption, and reduce terrorism. Its expected to be scalability and security technical challenge. India does not currently have a national ID like social security in US and only 7% of the citizens are registered tax payers. The project is expected to cost $2-3 billion and create 100,000 new jobs. India currently has the world’s largest railway system under a single management and employs 1.4 million.

Singapore – IT outsourcing

Singapore awarded $1.3 billion for a program led by EDS to standardize and manage information technology infrastructure across 74 public agencies and 60,000 computers.

UK – NHS National Program for IT

This is UK’s Department of Health’s initiative for a single, centrally-mandated electronic care record for patients and to connect practitioners and hospitals. The program was started in 2002 and was expected to complete in 3 years. However it has been delayed several times and cost overruns run into several hundred times.


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