There is a lack of software designed to meet the specific needs of cities in developing countries. Although many standard software packages are available for uses similar to the needs of developing countries, and although others can be adapted by operators with fundamental programming skills, the lack of specifically designed software fosters the impression that microcomputers are incapable of performing many of the functions needed, and discourages civic personnel who cannot distinguish programming from using microcomputers.
Many countries are rushing into computer without examining their needs. China, in 1984, imported $300 million worth of computer components to make 120,000 computers. By 1985 at least half of them were unused because of shortages of skilled users and software programmes.