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February 12, 2016  10:23 AM

Why are so many organisations bringing outsourced IT back in-house?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
EDS, GDS, Government IT, Insourcing, local government, Outsourcing, Skills

To outsource or to not outsource? That, for many IT leaders, has been something of a religious question for a long time. You're either a follower or you're not.

But we are no nearer to answering the question of whether outsourcing works. In recent months, Computer Weekly has talked to...

October 12, 2015  4:41 AM

DVLA shows the long-overdue maturing of outsourcing in government

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
DVLA, EDS, Government IT, HP, Outsourcing

Former Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude once described DVLA as having the worst outsourcing contract in government - and that's quite an accolade, given the number of terrible deals in the public sector.

So it's not surprising that people in government technology now are quietly...

July 3, 2015  1:23 PM

Immigration is a dirty word – but it’s one IT has to address to solve digital skills gap

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Digital skills, Employment, government, offshore, Outsourcing, recruitment, Skills, Startups

The political climate in the UK makes it difficult to talk about immigration and its effect on the IT sector, given the wider sensitivities around the subject. But it's a topic that needs to be considered if the UK is to make the most of the opportunity to become a world leader in the digital...

May 12, 2015  5:34 PM

New government, same government IT? Perhaps not…

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
ASPIRE, Cabinet office, G-Cloud, GAAP, GDS, Government IT, HMRC, local government, Outsourcing, SME

On first impressions, the Conservative election victory appears to be business as usual for IT across government. The challenges before the election are...

April 27, 2015  5:04 PM

Is local government capable of the radical change it needs?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
councils, Government IT, local government, Outsourcing, Socitm

Local government IT leaders have spent the last five years of austerity implementing the most dramatic cost cuts the sector has ever seen. Yet they await a new government after the UK...

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June 26, 2014  4:31 PM

Big IT vs SME IT in government – it’s really about changing IT suppliers’ behaviour

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, GDS, Government IT, Labour, oligopoly, Outsourcing, Procurement, SME

The Cabinet Office plan to bring in more SME IT suppliers and reduce dependence on the old

March 6, 2014  4:03 PM

The supplier landscape is changing as IT buyers shun inflexible traditional vendors

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
innovation, IT suppliers, Outsourcing, tech startups

IT suppliers have always been an easy target for criticism and cynicism. IT managers will raise their eyebrows at the mention of vendors and share war stories with their peers of the relentless sales pressure to buy more products.

They are often seen as a necessary evil, and as such,...

August 20, 2013  12:49 PM

Does it matter if government buys IT from SMEs or big multinationals?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, G-Cloud, Government IT, oligopoly, Outsourcing, SME, Universal Credit, Whitehall

Does it actually matter whether government buys its IT from small suppliers or big multinationals?

The Cabinet Office seems to think so - it has increased the target for IT...

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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...

July 26, 2013  10:35 AM

What next for IT outsourcing as the mega-deals decline?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
BPO, EDS, Gartner, Government IT, HP, Outsourcing, Ovum

The UK has long been hooked on IT outsourcing - far more than any of our European neighbours. But is that enthusiasm on the wane?

In recent weeks, market research from several analyst firms have proved contradictory.

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