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The fear of the next IT debacle

you reside at the best address. A Team of IT-experts of the Federal government since the beginning of the year a neubarockes Bern city Palace with a representative of the garden just opposite the Hotel Bellevue. The programmer out of the window, look look at noble limousine and stiff costumed doormen.

But you don't have much opportunity to indulge in the luxury of your district. To is large, the pressure – time and money.

officials are working in one of the most complex and expensive IT projects that has taken the Federal administration ever in attack. It bears the name Superb23. The total cost according to estimates by the beginning of 2019 at 830 to 930 million Swiss francs. So the project is almost ten times larger than Insieme 2012 buried IT, the Vision of the Swiss Federal tax administration. And, more and more observers fear that it will take Superb23 a similarly bad end.

"The Federal government needs to know in big lines what he wants, before he takes money in the Hand." Pirmin Schwander, SVP-Nationalrat

Pirmin Schwander is Concerned, for example. SVP-national Council of financial delegation belongs to. The parliamentary Committee, which accompanied the major IT projects of the Federal government at the closest. Schwander says: "The most important lesson of the last major IT problem cases in the management is: The Federal government needs to know in big lines what he wants, before he takes money in the Hand. At the moment I don't see that in the case of Superb23 the necessary thinking has been done."

the nervousness rising in Berne, for a simple reason. By the end of 2025, the software manufacturer SAP to those of standard software, to leak, to today, most of the support processes of the Federal government: payroll, financial operations, procurement, logistics, real estate management. In short: the vital functions of the state. The Federal 2025 has no connection solution, could be used in the management of a sudden a lot of quiet.

Ambitious plans, large doubt

The Problem is in Bern for the past four years. Almost as long as one is already working on a solution. But the project is facing problems. This is shown by the fact that it is Finance Minister Ueli Maurer is difficult to keep the deadlines. Originally, the Federal Council wanted to decide already in the first half of 2018, the investment for Superb23. At the beginning of 2019 masons in the Federal Council proposed to adopt the credit application in April 2019 to Parliament. This speed is critical for the implementation of the programs, argued Mason in the application.

But in the Federal Council were the doubts as to Superb23 so fundamental that Mason was forced to make Improvements. Three weeks later, the Federal Council agreed to advise the Superb23 loan application "no later than November 2019". This deadline has been missed Ueli Maurer now.

when the template for the Parliament is really Mature? In spring, the faith of several members of Parliament. In the Department of Finance (FDF) is more ambitious: "in All likelihood" will treat the Federal Council, to the credit this year, writes a spokesman. So in the next few weeks.

highly complex embedding of Superb23 in the rest of the IT landscape of the Federal administration is also.

the cause of the delays, the gigantic dimensions of the project are. One day 800 to 1000 different business applications to run on the new System. Highly complex embedding of Superb23 in the rest of the IT landscape of the Federal administration is also. It is in permanent Mutation, because many of the large IT-reform happening in parallel. Thus, only the co-ordination requirements increase, but also the risk for cost overruns.

in addition, in the Federal Council and Parliament also basic doubts about Superb23 itself to the contours and objectives of the program. Controversial about the decision, as a replacement for the leaking SAP support software, there are two parallel systems to the newer SAP-Standard build is. A System for the civil administration (at a cost of 450 to 480 million Swiss francs). A second for around 380 to 450 million Swiss francs for the army, which in the case of a crisis, disconnected and independent, and used could be operated.

Harsh criticism of the Supervisory

The decision to use two parallel systems Franz Grüter not convinced. "It doesn't make sense to me that the VBS is in need of a separate, specially hardened solution," says the IT entrepreneur, and SVP-Nationalrat. In other Departments there is extremely sensitive information, the need to protect the Federal government necessarily. Therefore, it should be enough to build a System. "This is cheaper and causes fewer interface problems," says Grüter.

"The previous Decisions of the Federal Council, the Finance delegation are not convincing."Financial delegation

The influential financial delegation of the Parliament divides Grüters evaluation. In October, it has turned with an unusually strongly worded letter to the entire Federal Council. The Writing of this paper. It says the financial delegation "still believes that the civilian and the Arms need to be merged into a single program Central".

The Commission calls for Superb23 quite generally a greater degree of centralisation and harmonisation. "In the Federal administration strongly anchored departmental view should not lead to that at the end of sub-optimal processes with unnecessary interfaces, technical problems, higher costs and lower benefits are the result," writes the financial delegation. And concluded that: "The previous Decisions of the Federal Council, the Finance delegation are not convincing." You will represent this attitude to the Parliament, which must approve the investment of 800 to 900 million francs in one day. These are not good omens for the debate in the Federal house.

"Both systems but to build on an agreed uniform Basis, a so-called process core."Roland Meier, FDF-speaker

In Ueli Maurer's Department to put into perspective the criticism. The decision for two parallel systems is due to the fact that the civil administration and the army have different demands of their Software, writes EFD spokesman Roland Meier. "Both systems but to build on an agreed uniform Basis, a so-called process core." The delays would have resulted, because of the scope of the project would have to be adjusted and the basis for all of this work had been necessary. "The actual Work have been in the Plan."

The doubters expected of them hardly convincing. Recently, the administration has supplied them a new reason for skepticism. Superb23 will now simply be called Superb. The year of the originally intended project financial statements has been quietly erased from the project name.

Created: 08.12.2019, 23:18 PM

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