Innovation scheme ends with no contracts signed

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 08:04 03/12/2012

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The Government is shutting its "Open Door to Innovation" scheme, which was designed to help Kiwi information technology businesses sell bright ideas to the public sector.

An Internal Affairs spokesman said the year-long pilot had not yet resulted in any contracts being awarded to the companies that knocked on the door and pitched 95 ideas to the Government.

The scheme promised to be a silver lining for the information technology industry as the Government sought to cut costs by centralising procurement and making more use of shared services.

Paul Ramsay, co-chair of information technology lobby group NZ Rise, said his understanding was the ODI had not had the impact that had been hoped for. "You would have to ask, if it hasn't had the level of uptake and outcomes they had been looking for, why is that? The trouble with some of these programmes is they are not seen in terms of their ‘whole fit' to a broader procurement strategy."

The Internal Affairs spokesman said a scheme review had been carried out but he could not release the findings.

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- Waikato Times

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