CDS’ predecessor, CHIEF, is supplied by IBM, and concerns have swirled for a while that if CDS stutters, CHIEF may not be able to take up the slack, and time available to sort all this out getting shorter by the day. Something else to turn the head of networks grey.
As we reported back in June: “Full import functionality [of CDS] is now due in November and export in December, with migration of traders expected to be complete in January.”
I hope HMRC is good at bullshit dodging, this reads like The Matrix, with a humongous pile of excrement, floating through the air in sloooow motion, in direction of a humongous fan.
If we count on HMRC to have heard of PRINCE2, we're delusional. Some @IBM have, however, they have no incentive to plan ahead, they know that if CDS fails, which it obviously will, HMRC will renew the CHIEF contract plus big $$$bn to adapt it to the new functionality asap. The more HMRC will be in a hurry, the more $$$bn IBM will rake in ... patience pays off!