NJ’s DMV is finally replacing their 30 year old computer system, with one that’s only 10 years old

I guess this is considered progress when you work for the government.

When the computers that run the state Motor Vehicle Commission’s 39 agencies were new, Duran Duran topped the charts and the Chevy Cavalier was a best-selling car.

Thirty years later, a driver who wants to register and title that Cavalier as a classic car will deal with the same computer system that processed the vehicles paperwork when it was new.

The MVC’s computer system has been blamed for failing and shutting down motor vehicle agencies statewide four times this year, sending drivers away empty-handed.

For the past 10 years, the MVC has unsuccessfully tried to retire the old COBOL computer system with a new system, dubbed MATRX. The original plan was to have MATRX running in three years, said Mairin Bellack, an MVC spokeswoman.

“This has burdened us since the day we walked in,” said Raymond Martinez, MVC chief administrator. “We inherited it. I believe it was a snake pit from the start.”

MATRX was proposed in 2005, scoped out in 2006, advertised in 2007 and a contract awarded in 2008. Since then the project has been delayed while costs have increased. The MATRX contract bounced to three vendors, with HP being the last company to inherit it from EDS, a predecessor company, MVC officials said.

There’s nothing like technology from 2006 to keep things humming along smoothly in 2015.

And here I thought CGI was the epitome of inefficiency for bungling the Obamacare rollout. Hah! Way to go NJ DMV, you managed to make CGI look competent by comparison.

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