The CHOGM website is making news because it cost Rs. 15 million, which is a lot for a not very impressive looking website. From checking out the delegate login page, it looks like the site was designed by Australian company Centium Software. It also looks like the website is a bit more than a content thing, handling accreditation, arrivals and departures, etc. It’s also the system that was used for the past CHOGM as well as Olympic and other events.
Loath be I to defend our government for wasteful spending, but this is one case where it seems like they’re just doing what past CHOGMs did. It also appears that the system is a bit deeper than what it appears to the public. I’m not sure if this incarnation does handle those hundreds of people from registration to accommodation to arrival and departure, but if it does then that price, while abstractly high, needs to be compared to the cost of hiring 10 people to handle similar operations, their office space, communications cost, and balance that against the value of the delegates time. If the same system was used in the last CHOGM then there’s also that precedent, and it also means that this isn’t random Sri Lankan idiocy.
In corporate government world a normal crappy website costs at least a million rupees, they don’t seem to have the paperwork for less and you can’t really trust this sort of thing to your nephew who’s a web designer, even if it is a hundred times cheaper. As a content website it is unimpressive and I’m not sure if we’re even using the backend, but this is one bit of spending which may not be as wasteful as it appears.