As taxpayers we should strongly encourage government's to consider information technology on the same basis as brick's and mortar infrastructure.
(PRWEB) December 5, 2008
Bill Bergen, CEO of MAKE Technologies Inc., has published an open letter to the public sector on IT Legacy Modernization as Infrastructure Investment. He states that "to exclude information technology from any infrastructure investment program would be a severe oversight".
He continues: "If we are going to increase expenditures to stimulate the economy, we should be doing it in areas that give us the greatest long-term benefit. As taxpayers, an investment in the competitiveness of government, more efficient and enhanced services, and skills-development that will pay off in the future, is an investment that is easier to justify in this time of economic crisis.
"Public sector infrastructure has traditionally been thought of as buildings, roads and bridges. Given the impacts of the current financial crisis, concerned politicians across the globe are contemplating increased funding for such infrastructure as a means to stimulate economies. In essence these expenditures amount to moving long term planned infrastructure projects forward, i.e. we need to replace a bridge in five years, do it now to stimulate labor.
"In the age of information, public sector infrastructures now include computers, networks, systems and applications. Many if not most of the mission-critical information processing systems deployed in the public sector are over twenty years old. They have served the public well and were planned with the then current needs of the government and it's citizens. With the rapid evolution of information technology and new ways to service the needs of government and citizen, these systems have become obsolete, archaic and costly to operate. On average, 75% of public sector information technology (IT) budgets are directed to maintaining these legacy systems. The average age of the support staff for these legacy systems is well over 50 years and they are nearing retirement. The inflexibility of these systems is preventing government from quickly and cost-effectively providing the services that are being demanded. The exposure and risk of inoperative or un-secure systems is growing every day. This predicament is not unique to the public sector. Across industries, the renewal or modernization of systems is a priority for IT management. In short, the dated information processing infrastructures deployed in the public sector are no longer fit-for-purpose, not unlike old bridges, roads and buildings.
"As taxpayers we should strongly encourage government's to consider information technology on the same basis as brick's and mortar infrastructure. "
The full content of the open letter is published at http://www.maketechnologies.com/2008/12/03/it-legacy-modernization-as-infrastructure-investment-an-open-letter-to-the-public-sector-from-make-technologies/