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The Ministry of Defence is set to prolong the British armed forces' payroll, HR, and pensions admin contract with DXC Technology by half a year – because the military's procurement team has run out of time to find a replacement. The £400m seven-year tech contract with the ministry's Services Personnel and Veteran Agency (SPVA …

  1. cosymart
    Facepalm

    Photo

    Why is this article about the UK MOD illustrated with a photo of a US soldier?

    1. Keef

      Re: Photo

      It is consistent with the El Reg policy of the photo having nothing to do with the article.

      Actually, this is probably one of the better related photos.

      Shutterstock must be laughing all the way to the bank.

    2. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: Photo

      Because we know pedants absolutely love it.

      C.

    3. BebopWeBop Silver badge

      Re: Photo

      US soldier - a nod towards more offshoring.

    4. Anonymous Coward
    5. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

      Re: Photo

      Oddly enough that was my first thought too.

      Have an upvote.

  2. macjules Silver badge
    Flame

    Trotters .. Trough ..

    A spokeswoman at the MoD told us this week it has been “engaged in a formal procurement process” since April last year “against a widening set of objectives to support its overall business transformation.”

    This usually means that "we are waiting for Defence Permanent Secretary to retire, collect his pension and then join the board of HPE".

  3. smudge Silver badge
    Holmes

    Quelle Surprise

    A spokeswoman at the MoD told us this week it has been “engaged in a formal procurement process” since April last year “against a widening set of objectives to support its overall business transformation.”

    "a widening set of objectives". In other words, scope creep and fluid requirements. Never heard of that from the MoD before.

  4. Rudolph Hucker the Third

    How times have changed (not)?

    I didn't get where I am today without being a junior code monkey on an MoD IT project. Working for what was a major consulting firm at the time (but now long gone). The consulting firm's sales droids were quite blatant about the sales tactics. Get the naive customer to sign a contract for the most minimal and vague specification at a give-away minimum price that undercut all potential competition.

    Then every single bit of scope creep and alteration to spec was charged extra. A lot extra.

    The names change, but the tactics remain the same.

    1. smudge Silver badge

      Get the naive customer to sign

      Maybe they are not so naive. If you don't think you'd get funding for the true cost of the programme, start with a reduced-cost spec, and then make change requests once everyone is irrevocably committed to the programme. Sometimes you might get cancelled - most times you won't.

      It's a game that two can - and do - play at.

  5. Steve 114
    FAIL

    Systems Analysts?

    I was one, decades ago. Later, in a management capacity with a major 'client'-type, I was horrified that they went to market to buy a 'solution' to a spaghetti problem they had accumulated, only to buy some off-the-peg USian COBOL that half-solved some other non-Brit problems, and charged premium rates for change-notes to rancid dataformats and file structures. I couldn't stop it, it was a predictable disaster, and it has now only come right through a period of most painful 'evolution' - because no one ever properly analysed what the systems were supposed to be doing.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: "...incredibly, the MoD may be even more incompetent than DXC".

    Nope. No. Never.

    DXC are in a league of their own.

    1. Seajay#

      Re: "...incredibly, the MoD may be even more incompetent than DXC".

      The MOD are pretty big-league for incompetence too. It's hard to beat somewhere that puts people who have no interest, talent, or experience in procurement throws them in to the job then removes them as soon as they figure out what they're doing.

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