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IT investments in the Norwegian Armed Forces – the case of GOLF. Presentation at the 6th Performance auditing Seminar in Beijing, 12-13 April 2010. Outline. Background The IT projects Methodological challenges Performance indicators and audit conditions Main findings Lessons to be learned.

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It investments in the norwegian armed forces the case of golf

IT investments in the Norwegian Armed Forces – the case of GOLF

Presentation at the 6th Performance auditing Seminar in Beijing, 12-13 April 2010


Outline

Outline

  • Background

  • The IT projects

  • Methodological challenges

  • Performance indicators and audit conditions

  • Main findings

  • Lessons to be learned


Background

Background

  • Performance Audit

    • Document no 3:7 (2002-2003) The Office of the Auditor General's investigation into the efficiency in planning and management of joint management and control systems in the Norwegian Armed Forces

  • The main objectives of the IT investment

    • Underpin the restructuring of the Armed Forces

    • A new management concept oriented towards outcomes and efficiency through better public budget management

    • Requirements in the New Financial Management Regulations

    • Improving the administrative management of the Armed Forces


The projects

The projects

  • The early projects (1996 - 2000)

    • The accounting and procurement information system project

    • The salary information system project

    • The salary and accounting information system project

  • Project GOLF (2000 - 2001)

  • Program GOLF (2001 - ?)


Methodological challenges

Methodological challenges

  • The complexity of the projects under audit

  • Auditing ongoing projects

  • Applying IT auditing tools to a performance audit


It investment performance indicators

IT investment performance indicators

  • The Norwegian Armed Forces' directive for the administration and development of joint project management systems (PRINSIX)

  • COBIT framework

  • Val IT (Value from IT investments)


Audit conditions critical factors

Audit conditions / critical factors

  • Responsibility and roles

  • Organisational and management foundation

  • Coordination of IT projects

  • Measures to prevent overspending and delays

  • Competence


Main findings the early projects

Main findings – the early projects

  • Weak overall control of the projects

    • Internal opposition

    • Repeated discussions about the scope of the projects

  • Unclear division of roles

    • Disagreements concerning the project organisation

    • Decision-making authority was not delegated

  • IT activities: lack of coordination

    • Delays

    • Uncertainty as to whether the new information system was technically possible


  • Findings project program golf

    Findings – Project / Program GOLF

    • Lack of realism in project planning

    • Poor risk management

    • Lack of sufficient expertise in project management

    • 2002: costs had reached EUR 35 million


    Audit conditions critical factors1

    Audit conditions / critical factors

    • Responsibility and roles

    • Organisational and management foundation

    • Coordination of IT projects

    • Measures to prevent overspending and delays

    • Competence


    Lessons to be learned

    Lessons to be learned?

    • IT investments are often challenging and complex and thus dependent on certain critical factors in order to succeed

    • Methodological frameworks that normally applies to IT auditing can also prove fruitful in performance auditing


    Later developments

    Later developments

    • 2010: the objectives set forth in Program GOLF have yet to be attained

    • Joint performance and financial audit on GOLF (now Project LOS)


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