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October 26, 2011  12:57 PM

Open standards: UK dithers over royalty question

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Government IT, IT legal developments, Open Standards & Open Source, politics, standardization of Government IT, standards

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June 9, 2011  7:00 AM

Computacenter row threatens blockhead end for open source in Bristol

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Agile, Government IT, IT legal developments, local government, Open Standards & Open Source, politics, Project management, SMEs, Software Freedom

IT giant Computacenter has raised the prospect of legal action against a small open source supplier for complaining to Parliament about its "Microsoft bias".

The veiled threat followed a letter sent to MPs on the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC), in which Mark Taylor, chief...


May 27, 2011  6:41 PM

EC concludes backroom deal with Microsoft

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Government IT, IT legal developments, Open Standards & Open Source, standards

The European Commission has renewed software licences worth up to €50m with Microsoft for another three years after opting not to open the business to competition.

The Commission is expected to announce the deal next week in written answers to questions raised by members of the...


May 13, 2011  3:36 PM

International alarm rings over UK ICT policy

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Government IT, IT legal developments, local government, Open Standards & Open Source, politics, standardization of Government IT, standards, transparency and accountability

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April 26, 2011  5:00 PM

Agile will fail GovIT, says corporate lawyer

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Agile, Government IT, IT legal developments, Outsourcing, project failures, Project management, SMEs

In a guest blog, corporate IT lawyer Alistair Maughan argues that Agile development is an evangelical fad ill-suited to government IT.


February 16, 2011  12:26 PM

G-Cloud: introducing the neo-database state

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CIOs, Data sharing, database state, G-Cloud, Government IT, ID cards, IT and security, IT legal developments, politics, project failures, Project management, spin, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

Now the Home Office has destroyed its prototype ID database in a publicity stunt, the government is putting the finishing touches to plans that would put the real Identity Scheme databases at the heart of a powerful...


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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