Investigating Outsourcing:

August, 2011

August 17, 2011  2:47 PM

Logica calls for better business and academia communication with central IP register

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
IP, Logica

IT services firm Logica is campaigning government to set up a central register of the intellectual property (IP) of universities to help good ideas make it into commercial environments.

UK businesses are missing out on world-leading research from UK universities, simply because the...

August 17, 2011  12:50 PM

Atos Healthcare staff under investigation for obscene criticism of sickness benefit claimants

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

Back in November I blogged about a group that had been created by disability rights campaigners that believesbenefits for sick...

August 16, 2011  3:39 PM

Are nearshore suppliers the best low cost option for agile software development?

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
Agile software development, Endava, nearshore, Romania

Agile software development requires development teams and users communicating all the time.

The flexibility and constant testing makes it a challenge to succeed using agile software...

August 16, 2011  10:26 AM

DWP wins outsourcing contracts at MoD, bad news for Capita, Logica, NorthgateArinso and Liberata?

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
DWO, government, MOD, Outsourcing

I had an interesting conversation last week with Robert Morgan who is a director at sourcing broker Burnt-Oak Partners.

I called him to get his views on a meeting next week of an All Party Group that will be looking at how the government can become a better customer of outsourcing.


August 15, 2011  2:36 PM

If banks can put down their weapons and share their toys any industry can

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
Shared services, Swift

I blogged earlier about SWIFT as an example of a shared service that goes way beyond offering organisations a way of reducing overheads by...

August 15, 2011  12:33 PM

Are government IT leaders prepared for fight with System Integrators over SME contracts?

khall2 Profile: khall2

It's long been a complaint of SMEs that government spend on systems integrators (SIs) eats up the vast majority of the public sector IT budget (80%-90%), leaving very little for innovative small businesses.  

Having spoken to several SMEs part of the gripe isn't just that they're...

August 15, 2011  10:11 AM

Hundreds of outsourced IT staff in government could soon walk out on strike

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
DVLA, Fujitsu, HMRC, PCs

Hundreds of IT staff across five government departments could go on strike during September and October as workers at Fujitsu are balloted for industrial action.

Is this another reason why the public sector should keep work in-house?

HMRC, the Office of National Statistics and the...

August 12, 2011  2:56 PM

What advice would you give the government about IT outsourcing?

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40

Later this month  parliament will see the first meeting of a newly formed All Party Group looking into...

August 12, 2011  11:44 AM

How the Government could increase the number of front-line police and cut costs in one go

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
Capgemini, police, Shared services, Steria

The recent riots in London and other parts of the UK have raised awareness of the problems that a lack of police can cause. The police were unable to contain the rioters with a lack of numbers on the first two days partly blamed.

This, combined with the planned cuts of thousands of...

August 10, 2011  2:43 PM

Is economic misfortune of some an opportunity for overseas IT suppliers?

KarlFl40 Profile: KarlFl40
dwp, HP, Offshoring

Could the double dip recession provide the straw that breaks the camel's back in terms of IT offshoring?

The Indian IT services sector thinks so. This article in the Economic Times of India displays a bit of confidence in the face of economic turmoil in the US, despite a large part of...

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