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Where would a hung parliament leave bank plans to offshore IT?

Blog   The more the election campaigns of the political parties drag on, the more I feel the next government will have a small majority or you never know there could be a hung parliament. No matter what mess Labour get themselves in the Tories can't seem to take full advantage.I wonder where a hung parlia...

Last updated: Feb 25, 2010   11:09 AM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      IT, Labour, Offshoring
Small suppliers called on again to vent their frustration with its procurement

Blog   An investigation into Government IT procurement is being conducted by the Office of Fair Trading. This is an attempt to identify some of the reasons why government IT supplies is still dominated by a few big suppliers, otherwise known as the oligopoly.The OFT is asking IT suppliers and procurement ...

Last updated: Jul 4, 2013   11:46 AM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      Uncategorized
Consultants working for the government for free, but for how much longer?

Blog   I was with an IT consultant to the government yesterday and he told me that the government is currently benefiting from free consultancy.He said consultants within government don't want to lose momentum on projects so despite the new government putting spending on hold, consultancies are still doin...

Last updated: Jul 23, 2010   9:04 AM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      Capita
The government publishes progress report on IT overhaul

Blog   The government has published details on the progress it is making on its plans to make government more efficient.   In a document entitled: Business Plans: Check progress on implementing our policies, the government outlines the progress it is making on its IT overhaul.   Click here ...

Last updated: Nov 8, 2010   2:53 PM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing
Is government IT standardisation finally arriving?

Blog   IT suppliers and the government have begun signing agreements related to the governments drive to cut the costs of IT contracts. From some of the comments made it looks like the suppliers will get their wish of working with multiple government departments with standardised services. It seems the Fr...

Last updated: Sep 14, 2010   10:57 AM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      Capgemini, Steria
Transformational government - just a spin doctor's meaningless phrase?

Blog  Transformation - Do we know what we're doing? In an excellent piece on Transformational Government Glyn Evans, Assistant to the Chief Executive (transformation) Birmingham City Council, rightly questions the phrase "Transformational Government". He points out that it may mean in practice the sort ...

Last updated: May 8, 2007   7:34 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      Change management, IT projects, Project management
Doubts cast over government's figures on business with SMEs

Blog   A major talking point in the IT supplies sector is the issue of the UK government giving more business to SMEs. This week a businessman involved in advising the government about how to get new suppliers involved in government procurement has resigned as co-chair of the New Suppliers to Government p...

Last updated: Mar 16, 2012   3:01 PM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      Uncategorized
Socitm identifies the big flaw in Government IT

Blog   Government CIOs can bring about only limited organisational change - and that may be the biggest single weakness in their job descriptions.It's a subject touched on in an excellent policy briefing paper which is newly-issued by Socitm, the association for local government IT professionals. In the ...

Last updated: Feb 16, 2010   6:00 AM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      local government, politics, Sir Humphrey
Has the government just re-invented privatisation and outsourcing?

Blog   The government launched its first central government mutual today with the kick-off of MYCSP. My Civil Service Pension (MYCSP), which launched today, has taken the civil service pension administration and split the ownership between the government (35%), the staff (25%) and a business service provi...

Last updated: May 1, 2012   9:57 AM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      Private sector, Public sector
Will one supplier oligopoly replace another in Government IT?

Blog   The government is determined to end its reliance on the big system integrators selling them huge enterprise systems and hefty support contracts on top. Part of this involves digitisation.Moving to a digital by default model the government aims to save loads of money. In its digital strategy publish...

Last updated: Jun 25, 2013   10:00 AM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      Uncategorized
Will ending the IT services to government Oligopoly improve things?

Blog   The government has reconfirmed that it wants to end the current situation that sees a few large IT services firms dominate central government accounts. See its latest IT strategy report in full here. Francis Maude said the oligopoly of big business supplying government IT must be ended by "breaking...

Last updated: Mar 30, 2011   4:23 PM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      Government IT, TPI
Francis Maude is unashamedly obsessed with procurement but what's in it for suppliers?

Blog   I attended a government event all about procurement today. The Crown and Suppliers: A New Way of Working, to be exact. I know this doesn't sound exciting but I know for a fact that Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, has a different view. "I really mean it about being passionate about p...

Last updated: Nov 21, 2011   3:59 PM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      Cabinet office, Public sector
Are SME IT suppliers credible bidders against system integrators in public sector?

Blog   The government set itself the challenge of reducing the public sector's dependence on a small number of large IT suppliers for its services. Ending the oligopoly of system integrators and at the same time increasing the government's use of SME suppliers was always going to be a challenge.The govern...

Last updated: Sep 26, 2012   12:30 AM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      government, SME
Accenture is latest IT supplier to agree to government cost cutting

Blog   Accenture has become the latest supplier to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the government to support cost cutting. The government's top 19 suppliers were invited to meetings with Cabinet Minister Francis Maude to discuss cost cutting. Capgemini and Atos Origin have already signed up. Atos...

Last updated: Oct 1, 2010   4:28 PM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      Accenture, Capgemini
Government IT conference next week

Blog   This week's news on the Government's NPfIT scheme shows just how much money and how important IT projects are to the Government. Next week is the Government IT conference run by GovNet, which will be chaired by Computer Weekly's Tony Collins. There's some good Government ICT speakers there, so shou...

Last updated: Jan 28, 2009   2:40 PM GMT  |  Blog: Computer Weekly Editor's Blog   |      Government IT, GovIT, GovNet
KPMG blueprint for cutting government costs

Blog   With the government spending review approaching I thought I would kick off the debate about how departments can operate with smaller budgets. One thing is for certain. Departments will have less money to spend. IT could be a way of enabling savings across the board within government but it might r...

Last updated: Oct 7, 2010   7:00 AM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      G-Cloud, KPMG, Shared services
Government finds it impossible to break systems integrator habit

Blog   Despite calls from inside government and the IT industry for a more equitable distribution of government IT contracts, with SME suppliers given a fair crack of the whip, nothing is changing.The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has stuck with old ways of working and will contra...

Last updated: Jul 17, 2012   10:44 AM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      Uncategorized
Would a government CIO with sharp teeth drive IT standardisation?

Blog   With the new government determined to cut the cost of IT standardisation seems inevitable.This will mean the government setting standards and the suppliers working around them.It seems pretty obvious that having standard IT platforms rather than bespoke systems in each department will save money.Bu...

Last updated: Aug 4, 2010   1:42 PM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing
How can the government benefit from more IT innovation?

Blog   Government supplies are dominated by a fairly small amount of suppliers. About 20 for IT.   The coalition government has set its stall to place about 25% of government external expenditure with SME suppliers. Remember the government has also decentralised the NHS IT programme by giving the po...

Last updated: Sep 14, 2010   11:37 AM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      Government IT, SME
Cabinet Office freezes frozen IT procurement

Blog   One of my colleagues wrote an article about the government's decision freeze all new IT procurement frameworks while it makes sure that they are not excluding SMEs. Read the story here. This is all part of the government's drive to increase the proportion of services it buys from SMEs.But I was tal...

Last updated: Nov 2, 2012   3:51 PM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      Cabinet office, government, Procurement
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