Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


What does it take for government to buy NZ-made technology?

Tom Pullar-Strecker at the Dominion-Post writes:

Don Christie, co-chairman of information technology industry group NZRise, said Inland Revenue's decision to shortlist Accenture and CapGemini signalled it was "business as usual" for government procurement despite two years of "agitation and consultation" by the domestic industry.

The lobby group and the Institute for Information Technology Professionals criticised Inland Revenue in October for effectively excluding domestic firms when it invited suppliers to express interest in the work. A clause required would-be suppliers to have led or managed a $100 million-plus major transformation programme for a national tax authority and to have designed and implemented a "national-level social policy transformation programme".

This problem has been with us for more than a generation. It was a common them when I first arrived in New Zealand in the late 1980s to edit The Dominion's Computer Pages.

I recall at the time there was one company which had repeatedly attempted to sell its software to government buyers in Wellington with no success. It did, however, manage to partner with Digital Equipment Corporation, then a major player. The software went into Digital's catalogue and within months a New Zealand government department purchased a licence from the multinational. That deal was worth considerably less than a direct sale.

The incident was proof there was a clear bias, intentional or not, against buying from local technology firms. It seems we have learnt nothing in 25 years.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Scoop Is Crowd Funding: Help Scoop.co.nz To Fly In 2015

Scoop is NZ's oldest and largest independent online news service. We have described ourselves as fiercely independent for more than a decade and we would like to stay that way... By making Scoop’s connection to the public and contributors more explicit we hope to achieve the level of support and sustainability that will enable Scoop to fly as a community asset. More>>

ALSO:

Greek Riddles: Gordon Campbell On The Recent Smackdown Over Greece

There had been a fortnight of fevered buildup. Yet here we are in the aftermath of the February 28 showdown between the new Syriza government in Greece and the European Union “troika” and… no-one seems entirely sure what happened. Did the asteroid miss Earth? More>>

ALSO:

McBeth On The Cricket World Cup: It's How They Handle Fan Pressure

Brendon McCullum's team has achieved impressive results in the lengthy buildup to the contest and they deserve to be among the favoured teams, but... Their results need to be kept in perspective and fans should get a much better idea of the Black Caps chances when they face England in the capital on Friday. More>>

Keith Rankin: Contribution Through Innovation

The economic contribution of businesses and people is often quite unrelated to their taxable incomes. EHome, as a relatively new company, may have never earned any taxable income. Its successors almost certainly will earn income and pay tax. Yet it was eHome itself who made the biggest contribution by starting the venture in the first place. More>>

ALSO:

A Public Conversation: Reinventing News As A Public Right

Alastair Thompson: Oh how the mighty have fallen. Once journalism was possibly a noble profession, though that is certainly now, to quote our Prime Minister, a 'contestable' notion. It certainly seemed at least a little noble when I joined the ranks of reporters in 1989 . But ... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news