Logica salvages gov contracts
'Savings', not cuts
Logica has signed an agreement with the coalition government which should save its existing contracts, although it has agreed to some cuts - or "efficiency savings".
The reseller said the scale of cuts was within forecasts and therefore its targets for the year were unchanged.
Logica said it had been in discussions with Francis Maude and the Cabinet Office since July.
Public sector contracts contributed 12 per cent of Logica's total revenues in 2009. It has contracts with 55 government departments and agencies.
Logica shares are up very slightly on the news. The full statement is here. ®
now all you have to do is migrate all the huge Oracle / SQL / exchange databases, reimage 100s of thousands of machines, rewrite all the custom made software and add ons for said software, retrain millions of staff, chuck 10's of millions of pounds worth of incompatible hardware in the skip.
Yup, let's do it right now, after all shouldn't cost a penny, after all the software free isn't it?
Or, and here's a thought
They could devolve purchasing decisions down to the people who actually use the software, rather than forcing them to source it based on trendy ideological criteria.
Considering the entire IT estate gets changed out about every 5 years or so I completely agree with your plan to skip everything right now and start again from scratch. Big Bang solutions are always so good especially when done across the entire infrastructure like you're proposing.
As opposed to the obviously idiotic step of having a phased approach where as systems go end of life they follow their natural path to the bin and get replaced with something with "free" software.
At the same time they can take the people who know how to use a system that's gone and give them the training that they would naturally expect to receive when replacing one expensive system with another (in my experience that's about sod all).