Public Sector IT:

February, 2012


February 22, 2012  2:32 PM

Southwest One emits hot air after near-collapse

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
local government, Outsourcing, Procurement, project failures, South West One

Failed IBM outsourcing venture Southwest One became a cause célèbre in Somerset last week, with the council leader damning it so loudly he almost sounded like he might do something about it.

But it was all hot air. And it had the stink of opportunism, what with Somerset being in the...

February 15, 2012  2:03 PM

BIS dissolves public data corporation

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Open Standards & Open Source

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has dissolved the Public Data Corporation while its confused policy Cabinet joint Office initiative team works out how to make open data workable.

Cabinet...


February 13, 2012  12:08 PM

Questions over open standards lobbyists

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, Procurement

The power of large software corporations is demonstrated by the immense trouble an elected government has when it attempts to act in a way that doesn't put their interests before the public good.

That's been the UK experience this last year since the Cabinet Office


February 2, 2012  2:36 PM

Downturn undermines flagship government outsourcing deal

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
local government, Outsourcing, Procurement

IBM's flagship local government outsourcing deal is still failing to deliver savings it promised in 2007. The problems have dragged on so long that one council has been forced to reschedule debt it took out to cover its cost of doing the deal in the first place.

Southwest One, a...


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