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UK.gov is doing sod all to break £20bn of locked-in IT contracts

Analysis If IT wasn't perceived to be such a boring topic by Joe Public, the amount the government still spends on expensive clunky technology would be viewed as a national scandal. Across the entire public sector the annual figure has been pegged at around £20bn. No one knows for sure. As long as Whitehall's money is locked into …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2016
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Whitehall IT running costs creep up again to £4.6bn

Despite government plans to cut expensive contracts, IT running costs across Whitehall crept up by 7 per cent year-on-year to £4.6bn in 2014/15, according to a spend analysis by The Register. The findings are based on official government figures from eight of the largest Whitehall departments. The Ministry of Defence – which …
Kat Hall, 20 Aug 2015
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BBC waves £230m of feepayers' dosh at tech backbone deal

The Beeb is dangling hundreds of millions of license fee payers’ pounds in front of network sellers for upgrading its plumbing and serving up connectivity services for years to come. The contract notice, published in the Official Journal of the European Union, reveals Auntie is seeking to appoint a “single supplier” for the …
Paul Kunert, 7 Apr 2015
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Home Office wins appeal against £224m e-Borders payout

The UK Home Office has won an appeal against US defence giant Raytheon to award the company £224m after cancelling its £750m e-Borders contract. The company was engaged by the Home Office in 2007 to design the e-Borders technology system. However, by 2010 the Home Office had terminated the contract on that grounds that key …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2015
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IBM inks another billion-dollar deal... with The Other Advertising Giant

IBM has announced another big outsourcing contract, nabbing a new deal with WPP, the world’s top advertising firm, for $1.25bn. Big Blue has worked with the ad giant before, but this is a new services contract to run its global tech platform in the cloud over the next seven years. The contract comes hot on the heels of …

Brit biz Phoenix IT Group confirms £16m of contract wins

A flurry of biz wins worth more than £16m were this morning confirmed by the new CEO at Phoenix IT Group - the man brought in to turn the loss-making British firm into a profit generating machine. Former EDS and Synstar exec Steve Vaughan, was hired in March to design a turnaround plan, which includes the, er, mind-blowing …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 2014
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Hey, MoJ, we're not your Buddi: Brit firm abandons 'frustrating' crim-tagging contract

Talks between the UK Ministry of Justice and British firm Buddi for a new system to electronically tag criminals have broken down after Buddi's founder claimed the MoJ wanted a system that was a "figment of their imagination". Sara Murray, who is a member of business secretary Vince Cable's "entrepreneurs' panel", said in a …
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Small biz isn't finding it any easier to bag govt IT contracts

Smaller businesses are still finding it tough to win government IT contracts, with just six per cent of SMEs reckoning they can more easily sign on the dotted line in the last two years. Fujitsu has said that a survey of 500 SMEs in Blighty found that half of them reckoned there had been no change in their ability to win …
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Ofcom looks at contract opt-outs as users rage over price hikes

UK communications watchdog Ofcom is consulting on whether Brits should be allowed to pull out of any communications contract if the price changes, following widespread outrage at the practice. The consultation proposes that any change in price would let customers off the hook, letting them walk away from contracts without …
Bill Ray, 3 Jan 2013
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Three extends data use with Sim-only tariff tweak

Three has refreshed its Sim-only pay-monthly contracts, with voice, text and data bundles starting from £6.90 per month and all-you-can-eat plans priced from £12.90. The Three Sim-only deals - which stretch between a month and a year - hits chips in two flavours: 'Essential' and 'Unlimited'. The former starts out at £6.90 for …
Caleb Cox, 16 Aug 2012

Shops 'mislead punters' over phone contract prices

Many phone shop staff deceive customers over the potential for price rises during the length of contracts, it has been alleged. A whopping 82 per cent of sales staff in mobile outlets gave incorrect information about potential price rises when attempting to close a phone-contract sale, consumer information company Which? …
Caleb Cox, 15 Aug 2012
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SpaceX signs deal to put its giant rocket to good use

SpaceX has signed a contract to blast off Intelsat's satellites on the back of their monster rocket the Falcon Heavy. SpaceX Dragon on the Canadarm over Earth Falcon Heavy is Falcon 9's big brother, a tenuous link for this pretty pic of the Dragon on the Canadarm. Credit: NASA The deal with Intelsat is the first commercial …
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Orange contract price hike angers subscribers

Orange has announced a price hike on UK pay monthly contracts, with fees rising by 4.34 per cent. Customers are not impressed. "Due to recent increases in inflation, we will be increasing the price of our monthly tariff plans by 4.34 per cent from the 8 January 2012," the company told customers this week. However, "call, text …
Caleb Cox, 30 Nov 2011
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Three prunes prices of smartphone contracts

Three has encouraged consumers to join the smartphone bandwagon today by slashing prices on five models and removing upfront handset costs. Although in most cases, the monthly cost is roughly the same as its competitors, Three has outdone its rivals by saving buyers up to £150 in upfront costs. Samsung Galaxy Ace Firstly, …
Caleb Cox, 28 Jul 2011
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BMC in $1.2m Mac Tel win

Hard on the heels of announcements by Macquarie Telecom that it is expanding its footprint in the cloud computing market and building a new data centre, BMC has announced that Mac Tel will use its tools for infrastructure management. In a deal worth $A1.2 million, Macquarie Telecom will buy BMC’s BladeLogic server automation …
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Academics must check contracts' effects on user rights

The use of contracts and technologies to bypass copyright law and users' rights must be investigated by academics, a review of contract and copyright law by a government advisory body has said. The Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property (SABIP) is an independent but publicly funded body overseen by the Intellectual …
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Jul 2010
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FSA: Of course customers don't read contracts

Companies should not reject customer complaints because they ticked a box saying they had read and understood an unfair contract, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has said. The FSA said that companies should not even ask consumers to assert that they had read and understood a contract or a set of terms and conditions …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Jun 2010
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Texas snatches voter system from $863m IBM contract

Texas has pulled its voter registration system from a $863m data center consolidation project being overseen by IBM, saying it distrusts the giant's ability to recover lost data. IBM is merging separate data centers from 27 Texas state agencies into two facilities under a seven-year outsourcing contract, to cut costs and …
Austin Modine, 6 Nov 2009

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