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Dutch Rock in IT

September 17, 2008 |

DutchNews reports that The Netherlands has risen to the 10th place on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s list of the most attractive countries for the IT sector.

The Dutch, who were in 12th place in 2007, scored particularly well for its good infrastructure and high research budgets.

Top of the list was the US followed by Taiwan (up from 6th) and the UK. Japan fell from 2nd to 12th place. Denmark and Sweden are also strong European countries in the index taking places 4 and 5.


  • Globalization and the Internet will “liberate” R&D. Ecosystems similar to America's Silicon Valley—bringing together talent, technology, venture capital and good universities, supported by a risk-taking ethos—will remain the best incubators of IT innovation. Internet-driven collaboration will partly level the playing field, however, facilitating companies’ access to skilled IT innovators and researchers wherever they are located.
  • Competitive broadband markets help cultivate strong IT sectors. Without fast, reliable and secure Internet access, technology firms cannot interact effectively with partners nor can they sell their services online. IT industries in the index top tier all derive substantial benefit from the high-quality networks developed through competition, but more telecoms liberalization is needed in less developed regions to spur infrastructure development.

So again, we see that the Internet is a essential tool for business. What can the Internet do for your business?


Project canceled after 30 months - € 87M down the tube...

September 1, 2008 |

A massive project to revamp the UWV social security offices' computer system has flopped, costing the state €87m, reports DutchNews.

An investigation is currently under way into the failure of the project and should be completed at the end of this year.

The project was being carried out by in-house staff and computer services firm Logica and was canceled in June after 30 months of work.

Don't tell me nobody saw that coming.

It reminds me of a story about an IT project gone wrong for the NHS that Clarke Ching once used to illustrate what issues any software development project faces.


© Clarke Ching 2005

The National Audit Office has identified changes to specifications after the award of IT contracts as a key reason for regular delays and overspends on government projects.

That's from 2005, I wonder what different conclusions turn up this time around?

In short, the best way to down a software or web development project can be accomplished by any organization in three simple steps:

  • Think of everything in advance

  • Fight change vehemently

  • Then lie about the consequences and blame everyone else

What other software or web development projects do you know of that have gone horribly wrong?


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