A study of 630 ‘client-provider’ contracts worth £14 billion suggests that whilst many clients are happy to recommend their IT service provider, a significant proportion remain unsatisfied or indifferent to the support they pay for.
Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, has warned ICT suppliers that spending controls will be a "permanent way of life" and that poorly performing companies will find it difficult to win new government contracts.
The Home Office has saved £10m by running a key messaging infrastructure on open source software. The system, which is part of international border control, previously cost £12m over five years, a figure that reduced to £2m over the same period.
The European Commission wants to improve its free and open-source software repository system using an enhanced metadata specification meant to help EU countries exchange more information about their free and open-source software projects.
The Queen has formally announced plans to greatly increase surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies and the police, in plans that are being labelled a “snooper’s charter” by civil liberties groups.
Several large local councils have been making significant cutbacks to their IT teams, with some reducing the number of in-house staff by up to 90 per cent, a series of freedom of information requests have revealed.