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UK public IT handicapped by procurement process, say Indian IT suppliers

Discussion  Indian IT suppliers are being excluded from winningIT work in the public sector under strict government procurement rules, it was claimed...

Last updated: Jun 20, 2016   5:45 PM GMT   |    Procurement
IT industry lashes out over government procurement policies

Discussion  The UK IT industry has criticised the lack of clarity surrounding changes to government IT procurement plans

Last updated: Feb 25, 2016   7:20 PM GMT   |    Procurement
State procurement model reform a boon for channel partners

Discussion  As state CIOs modernize their approach to IT procurement, channel partners may discover unprecedented bidding opportunities.

Last updated: Aug 31, 2016   6:32 PM GMT   |    Channel, Procurement
Southwest One emits hot air after near-collapse

Blog   Failed IBM outsourcing venture Southwest One became a cause clbre in Somerset last week, with the council leader damning it so loudly he almost sounded like he might do something about it.But it was all hot air. And it had the stink of opportunism, what with Somerset being in the middle of rene...

Last updated: Feb 22, 2012   2:32 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      "Derek Pretty", "identified savings", "Ken Maddock"
CSC paid 0.5% tax on 1.5bn outsource

Blog   Computer Sciences Corporation has paid just half a percent in tax on 1.5bn income it earned from the 10-year outsource deal it did with with Royal Mail in 2003.The revelation comes from Computer Weekly's analysis of eight years of accounts published to date by CSC Business Systems Limited, the pr...

Last updated: Nov 16, 2012   2:58 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      "ICT oligopoly", Government IT, Outsourcing
Open standards rift tears UK policy to shreds

Blog   Cabinet Office scrapped its open standards policy before opening it to consultation last month, opening the way for a major policy U-turn.It issued a procurement policy edict on 30 November that erased a standards policy that had been in place since 31 January. It was revoked after a period of lobb...

Last updated: Dec 22, 2011   9:19 AM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, Procurement
A quarter of local council procurement policies do not support use of G-Cloud, research shows

Discussion  Latest research by public sector-focused IT provider Eduserv sheds further light on reasons why local councils have been slow to adopt the G-Cloud procurement framework

Last updated: Sep 7, 2016   9:11 AM GMT   |    G-Cloud, Procurement
Increase efficiency with automation in the PROACTIS procurement suite

Discussion  PROACTIS helps organizations streamline the procurement process with the spend control applications in its procurement suite, saving time and money for enterprises.

Last updated: Jul 8, 2016   3:56 PM GMT   |    Procurement
Oracle has 70 per cent of software licences in central government

Blog   Central government buys the majority of its standard software from just one supplier: Oracle.This was the first revelation delivered by the government's long-awaited Asset Register, now known as the Assests and Services Knowledge Base (ASS IT). It shows government is finally getting a clench on whe...

Last updated: Nov 29, 2011   3:07 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      "ASK ICT", "ASS IT", "Assests and Services Knowledge Base"
City of London chooses Accenture to slash procurement costs

Discussion  The City of London Corporation has contracted Accenture to help it cut procurement costs by 30m over five years through a procurement shared service for multiple departments.

Last updated: Jun 2, 2016   7:11 PM GMT   |    Accenture, Procurement
Somerset goes national to stem outsource losses

Blog   Somerset County Council's private sector spin-off is going national in the hope of reversing its financial losses and exploiting government cuts in other regions.The outsource shared services venture, called Southwest One, has already begun bidding for contracts to privatize backoffices for the NHS...

Last updated: Sep 4, 2012   7:00 AM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      "backoffice consolidation", "David Orr", "Derek Pretty"
Big IT vs SME IT in government - it's really about changing IT suppliers' behaviour

Blog   The Cabinet Office plan to bring in more SME IT suppliers and reduce dependence on the old "oligopoly" of big systems integrators (SIs) was always going to come under greater scrutiny once some of those SIs saw their lucrative outsourcing deals come to an end.The Financial Times ran a strange artic...

Last updated: Jun 26, 2014   4:31 PM GMT  |  Blog: Computer Weekly Editor's Blog   |      "Chi Onwurah", "digital government", "Francis Maude"
Cabinet Office builds open source strategy on proprietary software

Blog   The Cabinet Office has chosen a proprietary software system to implement the keystone of its policy to create a level playing field for open source.Under pressure to fulfil the government's election promise to eradicate systemic bias against open source software, the Cabinet Office rushed through a...

Last updated: Aug 22, 2011   5:40 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, Procurement
Downturn undermines flagship government outsourcing deal

Blog   IBM's flagship local government outsourcing deal is still failing to deliver savings it promised in 2007. The problems have dragged on so long that one council has been forced to reschedule debt it took out to cover its cost of doing the deal in the first place.Southwest One, a private/public partn...

Last updated: Feb 2, 2012   2:36 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      "Avon & Somerset Police", "benefits cuts", "budget shortfall"
TfL spends 100m on temporary helpdesk

Blog   Transport for London has spent 100m on a temporary contract that is still running after five and half years and will be clocking up more costs until 2014.TfL gave a temporary IT contract to Computer Sciences Corporation in December 2006 after terminating an existing deal with Capgemini, claiming ...

Last updated: May 24, 2012   11:33 AM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      "Computer Sciences Corporation", "contract extensions", "Liz Benison"
Microsoft could be barred from tenders

Blog   Microsoft could be barred from taking part in public tenders, Computer Weekly can reveal.But Microsoft's market position may be so strong that it prevents public bodies from deploying their blacklisting powers. EU competition law may be useless in the face of technical monopolies that draw their po...

Last updated: Dec 3, 2010   4:45 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      "abuse of dominant market position", "Bristol City Council", "construction cartel"
Cornwall caught in bed with BT as councillors raise red card

Blog   Councillors might have put Cornwall's privatisation on probation. But the council had already begun acting as a joint venture partner with BT.They voted unanimously Tuesday to suspend a proposal to put up to 800m of public services into a company in which BT would own a majority stake.BT planned ...

Last updated: Oct 26, 2012   7:00 AM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      "ICT oligopoly", local government, Outsourcing
CSC bags phone support for cyber warriors

Blog   Troubled US outsourcer Computer Sciences Corporation has been offered $145m to do telephone support for US cyber warriors and other grunts connected to an overseas extension of the Navy Enterprise Network.CSC refused to confirm the contract. But details slipped out in an official procurement notice...

Last updated: Nov 8, 2011   8:53 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      "Computer Sciences Corporation", "cyber warriors", "Fleet Cyber Forces"
Microsoft hustled UK retreat on open standards, says leaked report

Blog   The British government withdrew its open standards policy after lobbying from Microsoft, it has been revealed in a Cabinet Office brief leaked to Computer Weekly.The Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) also formerly opposed the policy before Cabinet Office withdrew it. BIS support...

Last updated: Jan 6, 2012   4:38 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, Procurement
EC slapped over open source contract

Blog   The European Commission has been scolded for wrongdoing over a quasi-open source software system.The European Ombudsman reprimanded the Commission after buying the system without holding a public competition.The reprimand raises important questions about the open source business model. But the comp...

Last updated: Nov 30, 2010   5:13 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      "Content management system", "European Ombudsman", "open tendering"
We gave up, says GovIT SME

Blog   It's so hard dealing with the large suppliers who control UK government IT that its not even worth bothering to knock on their door.So said a public sector SME that has built bespoke software for the last 20 years. Systems integrators are supposed to manage government's IT supply chain, bringing SM...

Last updated: Mar 29, 2011   2:48 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      "Framework Agreements", "framework contracts", "OGC Buying Solutions"
Expert explains where to integrate manufacturing procurement with ERP

Discussion  What procurement processes should be integrated with core ERP and where does it make less sense? Gartner analyst Deborah Wilson explains what companies need to know about procurement integration.

Last updated: Nov 24, 2013   7:05 AM GMT   |    ERP, Procurement
Local Government does IT better and cheaper

Blog   I have spent much of the past week helping review material for submissions to the Public Administration Select Committee enquiry. I have also done one of my own to cover points not likely to be made by others. Yesterday, however, I took time out to review the latest IT Trends re...

Last updated: Jan 22, 2011   12:41 AM GMT  |  Blog: When IT Meets Politics   |      "IT Trends Report", "Public Adminstration Select Committee", Cabinet office
Thinking small: can government buy more IT from SMEs?

Blog   There's a thought-provoking article on Computerweekly.com today, written by David Chan from the Centre for Information Leadership at City University London, all about government purchasing from small IT suppliers. David hosted a private meeting between IT firms and Whitehall purchasing experts to d...

Last updated: Aug 18, 2010   3:46 PM GMT  |  Blog: Computer Weekly Editor's Blog   |      G-Cloud, Government IT, Procurement
SME risks suicide before government IT committee

Blog   It would be "suicide" for any SMEs to tell Parliament what was really wrong with public sector IT, Martin Rice, managing director of Erudine, told Computer Weekly in Westminster yesterday.He had just gone head to head with one of the IT industry's largest systems integrators in a Parliamentary comm...

Last updated: Mar 16, 2011   8:03 AM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      "Bernard Jenkin MP", "galley slaves", "large IT contracts"
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