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October 10, 2013  4:54 PM

The simple answer to bad suppliers: don’t buy from them anymore

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, CSC, e-borders, Government IT, NPfIT, Procurement, raytheon, Whitehall

So we added another paragraph to the eternal tale of government IT woes this week, with the news that the Home office e-Borders programme to secure Britain's...

September 18, 2013  12:53 PM

10 years tickling the toes of NHS IT suppliers

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
CSC, Fujitsu, Government IT, lorenzo, NHS, NPfIT, PAC

When Richard Granger, then the director-general of NHS IT, signed the contracts for the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in 2003, he famously promised he would hold the suppliers' "feet to the fire."

Ten years on, it's clear that the contracts instead called for the NHS to rub their...


August 1, 2013  4:25 PM

When will politicians end their ‘public sector bad – private sector good’ mantra?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
111, CSC, G4S, Government IT, NHS, NPfIT, Outsourcing, Serco

Will we ever kill once and for all the idea that the private sector can do anything the public sector can do, but do it better and cheaper?

We're in a strange spiral at the moment where the government is dogmatically attempting to contract out to companies as many public services as it...


November 16, 2012  5:11 PM

Tax transparency will be a growing issue for government IT suppliers

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Capgemini, CSC, Fujitsu, Government IT, HP, IBM, tax, Transparency

Considering the amount of taxpayers' cash that goes to IT suppliers - some £16bn per year at latest estimates - it was inevitable that the big multinational systems integrators that dominate Whitehall IT would come under scrutiny over their tax payments.

The vultures have been circling...


September 6, 2012  4:22 PM

Everybody lost in NHS IT disaster

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
BT, CSC, IBM, NHS, NPfIT

A degree of ironic congratulation is due to the Department of Health (DoH) and Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude for finally extricating the NHS from its disastrous contract with...

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June 1, 2012  10:59 AM

NHS IT managers finally get their chance to shine

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
CSC, EPR, NHS, NPfIT

My leader article in Computer Weekly this week should have been easy to write. It's about the new NHS IT strategy, and it would be a simple task to cut and paste pretty much every similar article about


September 10, 2010  12:29 PM

NHS CIO discusses demise of National Programme for IT

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
BT, CSC, Government IT, NHS, NPfIT

Computer Weekly attended a press briefing yesterday with NHS chief information officer Christine Connelly to discuss the changes to the £12bn NHS National Programme for...

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September 9, 2010  12:52 PM

NHS National Programme for IT – the last of the government mega-projects

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Accenture, BT, CSC, Fujitsu, Government IT, NHS, NPfIT

And so it came to pass - the £12bn NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) is no more, replaced by a decentralised approach that aims to save £700m.

The...


July 13, 2010  3:38 PM

When IT meets ideology – what next for NHS IT?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
BT, CSC, Google, Microsoft, NHS, NPfIT

Not unlike politics, IT management has long been an ideological affair.

There are those who believe firmly in the mantra of outsourcing, for example, and equally those who just as strongly oppose it.

And like political ideology, IT trends go in cycles. When centralised becomes...


December 7, 2009  10:17 AM

More questions than answers on government IT overhaul

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
BBC, BT, CSC, government, IT Strategy, NHS, Outsourcing

It is looking like a very big week ahead for government IT.

A few words from chancellor Alistair Darling on the BBC yesterday have already thrown the future of the £12.7bn NHS...

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