Public Sector IT:

December, 2010


December 21, 2010  1:00 PM

Hansard’s cloud plan

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G-Cloud, Government IT, poor communications, Project management, standardization of Government IT, Technology, transparency and accountability

December 20, 2010  7:58 PM

Banned in Parliament: the technology that offends democracy

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Government IT, standardization of Government IT, Technology

Parliament has taken advice over what technology it should and shouldn't use if it wants to prevent private software companies from determining who can and can't access Hansard, the official record of Parliamentary proceedings. 

The Parliamentary Information...


December 13, 2010  2:22 PM

The trouble with Europe’s software megadeal

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Government IT, IT legal developments, politics, Project management, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

The Free Software Foundation Europe thinks there's some serious trouble with the European Commission's largest ever software contract.

The contract is not quite as guilty as charged. But the FSFE's attention has exposed greater problem, of eurocratic...


December 9, 2010  5:20 PM

How to win an Oracle contract – Part II

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Government IT, IT legal developments, Project management, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

Now we've rattled the black box in which the European Commission keeps its €10m Oracle contract, its Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT) has attempted to answer our questions...


December 8, 2010  4:43 PM

How to win an Oracle Contract

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Government IT, IT legal developments, Project management, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

Step 1: Make sure you're Oracle. Are you Oracle? Good. You win.

That's how Oracle won the €10m Oracle contract the EC offered Oracle this time last year.

It did so, according to the


December 3, 2010  4:45 PM

Microsoft could be barred from tenders

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Government IT, IT legal developments, legal actions, local government

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...


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