Following up on our fine Premier's statement earlier this week that she can't do anything to help British Columbia's kids that need our help right now due to a lack of government funds....
This just in (following up on the original spade work by Lindsay Kines of the VTC) from from Rob Shaw and Lori Culbert of the VSun:
...(T)he Integrated Case Management system, designed to link the children’s ministry and the social development ministry into one database, has been fully online since November 2014. Despite overshooting its original $108 million budget by $74 million, it is performing only a third of the tasks the government had initially hoped it would do.
It is one of eight high-profile IT projects recently launched by the province — with a total price tag of $2.5 billion — that The Sun has investigated for this series of stories. Several have taken much longer than originally planned; many have defects or are underperforming; and five of them have shot over budget, so far by a combined $350 million, including $72 million spent on an electronic health records system that had to be reset after the contractor was fired...
And this does not even count, as far as I can tell from the specific VSun story at hand at least, the disaster that is 'My Education BC' which is a Multinat-driven pile of junk that replaced a system that worked (and also swept aside a homegrown system that teachers and frontline folks are apparently not allowed to mention, ever).