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CIO Jury: Govt IT failures

You'd be out of a job if you did that in the private sector, say UK bosses
Private sector CIOs would lose their jobs if they were responsible for the kinds of IT failures seen at the Inland Revenue and Child Support Agency, according to UK IT bosses.

The widely held perception is that private sector organisations are more ruthless about accountability for botched projects than the private sector, as seen with MFI's recent decision to sack two of its directors after a multi-million pound supply chain system ran into trouble.

We asked silicon.com's CIO Jury user panel if they agreed with the assertion that private sector CIOs and IT bosses would lose their jobs if they were responsible for the kinds of failures seen in government IT.

Two-thirds of the jury (eight) said 'yes' a private sector CIO could expect to lose their job for that kind of failure with a third (four) saying 'no'.

"Absolutely," was the most common response and Richard Yeo, CTO at easyGroup, said: "Private sector CIOs would either leave before they were pushed or be pushed. Either way they wouldn