JOHN MCGUINNESS -- National politicians like John McGuinness know that IT systems can provide great benefits but it is also possible for them to go off the rails. "In the real world, IT is being credited for giving greater efficiencies and creating money," McGuinness told The Irish Examiner when reviewing public sector IT spending. "I do not know any private companies that have made the same level of mistakes."
McGuinness knows the importance of measuring a programme's effectiveness because he spent much of his younger years building up the family business, doing everything from fuel merchant to transport company operations. He consistently brings a level-headed assessment into matters of the public purse.
Fionnan Sheahan -- "Watchdog hits out as public sector IT costs soar" in The Irish Examiner, 24 Oct 03