Security, management and procurement challenges are here to stay in public sector IT

The bad news is that this is the last standalone issue of Technology in Government. Regular readers will probably have realized the writing was on the wall for some time now, as we reduced issue frequency over the past few years and changed sizes and formats in an effort to accommodate the shrinking IT advertising market. There’s no point belabouring the issue; times have changed, and so must we.

The good news is that TIG is not disappearing entirely off the face of the earth. Instead, it is simply returning from whence it came – to the welcoming arms of Computing Canada, where it will continue to deliver public sector IT news, albeit in a scaled-down format. Readers will have the added advantage of being able to get all their Canadian IT news, public sector and private sector alike, in one place.

So in this issue, we take the opportunity to look back on the news and issues that made the headlines over the past 12 years or so, from the inception of government online, to the fact that by now, e-government is largely just government.

What I found most interesting in putting this issue together as I went through all our back issues was how many of the same topics the public sector still struggles with today. IT procurement, for example, is clearly an area the public sector will probably always continue to reform and rework in an effort to better suit its own needs and that of the business community as well. Security and IT project management have also been challenging issues since the introduction of IT to the public sector, and despite our best efforts, will no doubt remain that way forever.

I want to thank you for your readership, and I hope you will continue to catch up on your TIG news in the redesigned Computing Canada January issue.

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