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 Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has put up £4.5 million to be made available to small and medium sized companies that can remove barriers to the adoption of cloud computing.

The Cabinet Office has signed new deals with Microsoft and SAP that will deliver millions in savings for the taxpayer by 2015, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, announced this week

Government Procurement Service has awarded a new framework for IT Hardware and Solutions.

The Government has published plans to establish an Open Data Institute in London.

The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has appointed Heather Savory as the chair of the Open Data User Group (ODUG).

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.

Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire look set to become the first police forces in the UK to share a common back office under a collaborative agreement with supplier Capita.

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.

The government has published numbers on the cost of G-Cloud and Cloudstore and the savings the public sector ICT procurement framework is expected to make it has been reported.

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.

NHS Somerset has launched a new touch screen mobile health monitor to help improve the quality of life of its patients.

Francis Maude told an international gathering in Brazil how he wants to collaborate with other governments to drive the ‘Open Data’ agenda internationally.

Schoolchildren in Leeds are the first to get their hands on production models of the bare-bones Raspberry Pi computer.

Findings from the latest Information Security Breaches Survey (ISBS) report from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) show UK businesses have been slow to react to the security risks created by the use of emerging technologies like smartphones, tablets and social networking.

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