Sunday, February 3, 2013

NOVOPAY - A SOLUTION


DRAFT

3 February 2013


Chief Executive Officer
Talent2 New Zealand
Ground Floor, Montreaux Building
164-168 The Terrace
WELLINGTON


Dear Mr Ashton

Clearly Novopay is not working.    The contract, signed with a previous government, over promised and, to date, has massively failed to deliver.

I do not right now have any confidence that there is likely to be any improvement in the performance delivery of  the contract.

So as to allow both parties breathing space and time to re-evaluate our respective positions I have decided to contract out the delivery of both teaching and ancillary staff pay to individual schools and bulk fund them accordingly.      Any additional costs associated with this exercise will be a charge against Talent2.

At the end of three months I will reassess the position.    It maybe of course that schools will welcome the opportunity to manage their own payrolls in which case we will need to discuss termination of our contract.

Yours sincerely


S J
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11 comments:

Tinman said...

I think I know why Novopay has been such a problem.

It is my guess that in fact Talent2 were too efficient and included in the program code ensuring teachers were paid what they earned (i.e. what they were worth).

The results are obvious.

gravedodger said...

Bulk Funding, there fixed it.

KISS!

Someone on staff has to input the claim so why not let them write the cheques.

With zero real world commercial nous among Teachers it is a big ask I know but with the ability of many BOT people I know personally, it could be done.

Maybe Tinman is onto it.

Noel said...

Yah tweaking history again?

"Talent2 was originally awarded the $30 million contract by the Labour Government[7] but it was renegotiated twice by National.[8] Once the contract was signed, Novopay was meant to go live in May 2010 but the company missed a number of deadlines which delayed the rollout by more than two years. Along the way, the Ministry of Education spent $650,000 trialling the system before it was rolled out nationally. More than half of the 731 trial-users felt they were not ready for the system to go live but the Government went ahead anyway.":

Note renogotiated twice by National.

All parties have failed in oversight of the taxpayer paid for contracts.

The Veteran said...

Noel ... Tweaking not. Your Labour mates signed the original contract. Said nothing more, meant nothing less.

Yes, I agree all parties have failed in this matter.

It appears to me that every contract involving the provision of IT services over promises and under delivers. Seems to go with the territory.

Would have thought that with this pedigree of failure the contract documents should be tighter than a fishes arse.

But I guess they were negotiated by
bureaucrats.

Noel said...

One small point.
I wouldn't give my trust to any politican or their underlings.

Anonymous said...

Noel said
All parties failed in oversight...(of the contracts)

Correct
"But in June 2012 Government ministers signed off the project going live – despite knowing there were 147 defects."

Anonymous said...

The Veteran said
"But I guess they were negotiated by bureaucrats."

And who is elected to oversee what they do????

The Veteran said...

Anon (both) ... if you think that Ministers of any persuasion involve themselves in the minutea of contract details then more fool you. They rely on official advice that all bases are covered.

The 147 'defects' you referred to were not identified as major ones.

Having said all that the Novopay contract is a shambles. I think my solution is an elegant one.

Psycho Milt said...

The contract, signed with a previous government,

Nice try, but I see Noel's already pointed out National's rich share in this clusterfuck.

It is my guess that in fact Talent2 were too efficient and included in the program code ensuring teachers were paid what they earned (i.e. what they were worth).

I often ponder the origin of this right-wing fantasy that getting upwards of 30 kids to pay attention and learn something is the kind of cushy number that attracts lazy dullards. It remains a mystery.

With zero real world commercial nous among Teachers...

And there it is again, maybe we should call it Old Faithful. Just how much commercial nous is required to be a teacher? I suspect the requirement is about the same as familiarity with current pedogogical theory is for small business owners. Believe it or not, lack of teaching experience doesn't reflect on the competence or usefulness of small business owners - can you see where I'm going with this?

Tinman said...

Milt, the last half of last year I spent in excess of an hour a day, five days a week in a car with an average teacher.

In that time a lot of talking was done - I am a good listener. :-)

I can assure you that this "right wing fantasy" is not such at all, being as it is, factually based after long and bitter experience by many.

I have no doubt there are some very good teachers out there but under the current system they are not just few and far between but their talent and hard work is being stymied by the very average, union polluted, me me thinking majority.

Anonymous said...

The Veteran said
"...if you think that Ministers of any persuasion involve themselves in the minutea of contract details then more fool you. They rely on official advice that all bases are covered."

And the result of that reliance.
Appointment of a specific Minister to identify the problems and more taxpayer funds wasted on a another investigation that could have been avoided.