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IT projects: Is the private sector really better at getting them right? "Perhaps there was a golden age when the public considered government IT projects to be something other than high-tech money pits.

But certainly now the popular perception of public sector IT projects is that they are not only just an opportunity for the propeller heads to waste good money on arcane and incomprehensible technological edifices, but that it's our money they're wasting.

People also think once the techies have finished building the system and switch it on, there is a good chance the whole thing will immediately go wrong and start spewing private health data and tax records onto the internet faster than crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Behind this caricature there is - at least - a small amount of truth."

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