Commentators here often tell me that I spend to little on IT and recommend spending too little on IT. Many of them come from the USA where the government spends $80billion annually on IT and has managed to cut only a few $billion from that total. I know Canada’s government has huge bloat in IT and they manage to spend 16 times less, with a population only 10 times less. The USA is changing CIO this month and the new guy, a former M$ employee has made a difference in previous work in government.
$80billion is peanuts from the thousands of billions the USA spends annually in government but the system is out of control, spending eight years in Afghanistan and Iraq when one would have done a lot and cost so much less. There is a tendency to spend far beyond any reasonable expectation of return on investment. It’s the same for IT. The USA loves to spend $billions for permission from M$ to use the computers the USA buys when software to run those PCs is available for $0 in some cases or the cost of development in others, much less than licensing millions of copies. The USA, like the world, is much larger than M$ and can make its own software. Farmers grow products. They don’t buy what they can produce for less. Why should big government?
S&P has downgraded the credit rating of the USA from AAA to AA which will make continued living on credit more expensive. Will the government and the taxpayers notice? Let’s hope so. I am constantly hearing that taxes are “too high” in the USA. Where is the complaining about the high cost of buying permission from M$. Perhaps they can migrate to GNU/Linux and save a few $billion or so on licensing. It’s a start.