Intermedium's preliminary analysis of the NSW Budget puts the level of ICT capital expenditure at more than $400m. This is despite the claim that the “People First” IT Strategic Plan, now two years old, will save $70 million in 2008-09.
Analysis of the Budget papers shows that NSW Government ICT capital expenditure is predominantly in the area of hardware, with some software and telecommunications spending also detailed.
Beyond the Education, Health and Police expenditure covered by the press, there are some other significant ICT projects included in the Budget detail. These include electronic document management and case management. However, few IT Services projects are itemised, with the majority of entries being for technology upgrades.
There are also significant ICT implications arising from the infrastructure projects. Of the massive $58 million (over four years) spending on infrastructure, $13.9 billion has been allocated for the 2008-09 financial year.
Government budgets are notoriously difficult to assess for their impact on ICT spending. Forensic analysis of the papers is required to tease out the ICT spend latent in general agency budgets, programs and infrastructure projects. An agency-by-agency, line-by-line analysis is required to assemble this information so that it is useful in the framing of sales/marketing strategies for the 2008-09 year.