By Eric Gregory, Senior Vice President of Consulting at Shipley Associates and Bob Lohfeld, Founder and CEO of Lohfeld Consulting Group Witness the latest debacle in IT procurement: Healthcare.gov. According to testimony before Congress, approximately $200M was spent to incur this technical, political, and potentially social disaster, which has far reaching consequences beyond the IT community. And how much of this disaster relates to procurement practices? In our world—the world of federal government contracting—it all relates to procurement. Procurement represents a complex lifecycle from the embryonic idea to the final system or service sunset and then even to the cutover or transition to a new system, new provider, or new methodology. None of this just happens. We have been here before. The idea that we need to reform government procurement is overreaching. There is far too much right within government procurement than is wrong, and we don’t need to scrap … Continue reading Can we really improve information technology procurement? Absolutely.