A quick little rant on an article I read this morning, "Interview: Wadeson opens up on Government IT". The lead of the article describes who Wadeson is
The Australian Government's longest-serving, most influential CIO reveals all on his retirement.Given that Wadeson is no light weight so I was really interested to his comments on Cloud. They were brief;
John Wadeson, one of the longest-serving CIOs in the Australian Government, will retire on September 9 after 40 years of public service.
The day he started, Bill McMahon was Australia’s Prime Minister. He’ll finish up just after his 61st birthday, and midway through one of the largest IT challenges an Australian Government agency has ever faced.
Wadeson has followed with interest discussions on cloud computing in government, but feels it offers little to advance Centrelink – and now Department of Human Services.Really. They are certainly brief statements and he may have said a lot more and often people can be quoted out of context ... but even so.
“No one is ready to put customer data offshore,” he noted. “Not yet. It won’t happen in my time.
“The trouble is that you split our architecture and then nothing connects,” he said.
“Our staff want it all to work in a whole system that integrates. So there’s not a lot in it, for us.”