A new centre in the Tech City is aiming to provide innovative businesses in the mobile internet and creative media industries with technical expertise, potential financial assistance, logistical support and access to more than 400 million Vodafone customers across more than 30 countries worldwide.
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.
New technologies that foster smarter, more agile and productive ways of working are in high demand. Particularly across the government and public sector, with cost efficiency, office consolidations and budget cuts abound.