Public Sector IT:

March, 2011


March 30, 2011  6:00 AM

Government to end ICT “oligopoly”

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Agile, G-Cloud, Government IT, HMRC, politics, project failures, Project management, SMEs, standardization of Government IT, Technology, transparency and accountability

The government has promised to bring down the ICT oligopoly as part of a strategy that may have seismic consequences for the public and private sectors. The 18 large ICT suppliers that have controlled 80 per cent of Britain's much maligned public sector IT will have the rug pulled from beneath...

March 29, 2011  2:48 PM

We gave up, says GovIT SME

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G-Cloud, Government IT, Outsourcing, Project management, SMEs

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...


March 29, 2011  6:00 AM

Doom clouds gather over parliamentary IT hearing

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CIOs, Government IT, HMRC, local government, Outsourcing, politics, project failures, SMEs, spin, transparency and accountability

A couple of the great mandarins of government IT got top billing at the Parliamentary inquiry into computing last week. They set a gloomy scene for the government's forthcoming IT strategy, which CW anticipates will be published on Wednesday.

They were upstaged by a bunch of small town...


March 23, 2011  1:41 PM

Radical plan to cut Local Gov.IT

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CIOs, G-Cloud, Government IT, local government, Outsourcing, social inclusion, standardization of Government IT, £6bn Tory savings

The draft local government IT strategy has sketched out the beginning of the end for public sector IT.

It's authors may say it is merely a beginning. But these things are certain: it proposes a programme of radical and disruptive change; it is not going to be easy; and this is a taste...


March 16, 2011  3:37 PM

Why is government IT rubbish?

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Agile, Government IT, Outsourcing, politics, Project management, SMEs

Why is the £24bn of UK government computing delivered by just 18 companies rubbish? Mmm. This one may require yet another parliamentary inquiry. Fortunately, we have one. It met yesterday and was quite revealing.

The four witnesses who went before the


March 16, 2011  8:03 AM

SME risks suicide before government IT committee

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Agile, Government IT

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March 11, 2011  5:03 PM

MOD test flies Universal Credit elastoplast

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Agile, Government IT, HMRC, Project management, standardization of Government IT, Technology

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March 8, 2011  1:31 PM

Parliament illustrates gov.IT malfunction by example

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freedom of information, G-Cloud, Government IT, project failures, standardization of Government IT, Technology, transparency and accountability

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March 7, 2011  11:07 AM

Give Linux security clearance, US told UK

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Government IT, IT and security

The British intelligence services pushed the open source Linux operating system through security clearance in order to meet a US request for operational interoperability of computer systems.

GCHQ, the signals intelligence arm of the Ministry of Defence, fast-tracked a version of Linux...


March 4, 2011  8:00 AM

Open standards policy gets thumbs up and let down

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Data sharing, G-Cloud, Government IT, politics, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

The government's open standards policy is being hailed by free software campaigners as an example to other European countries, but on condition the Cabinet Office can actually implement it - a condition that carries no guarantee.

The Cabinet Office...

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