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Government slashes consultancy spending

Public sector spending on consultants fell sharply last year, according to a report from the Management Consultancies Association (MCA). It says that in 2010 the public sector spent 15 per cent less on consultants than it had in the previous year – although the MCA declined to disclose the total, saying it was confidential to …
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US bill prohibits state use of tech linked to Chinese government

In one of the first clear signs of a tougher stance on China, a new US spending bill has banned government agencies from buying any technology from companies thought to be “owned, operated or subsidised” by the People’s Republic. The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013, signed by president Obama on …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Mar 2013
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Microsoft offers Office 365 build tailored for government

Redmond has released a new build of its Office 365 cloudy productivity suite that's been specially hardened and certified for government use. "Office 365 for Government is a new multi-tenant service that stores US government data in a segregated community cloud," blogged Kirk Koenigsbauer, VP of Microsoft's Office division. " …
Iain Thomson, 31 May 2012
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Gartner snips 2012 IT spending forecast – again

The prognosticators at market research firm Gartner are polishing their crystal balls again and have gazed into 2012 to see what the IT spending picture looks like, and it's a bit worse than they expected only a few months ago. And thus they have taken a little more off the top of their IT spending projections for the current …
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UK.gov: NO MORE tech deals bigger than £100m. Unless we feel like it

Tech titans that grew fat off the public sector purse should take note that IT contracts worth £100m and over are to become a thing of yesteryear - according to the government. This is one of a number of "red lines" that the Cabinet Office published today, in new regulations that are designed to loosen the grip that hefty …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2014
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UK gov needs better data skills to cut spending

The Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG), set up to lead efforts to cut government spending by £6bn in 2010-11, should set up management information systems to measure progress accurately and objectively, the public accounts committee has said. The committee's report on the ERG's role in improving value for money …
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Government spending freeze kills off spring server sales

The UK server market is back in the doldrums with revenues tumbling 10 per cent in the first quarter and worryingly for resellers the short-term prognosis is anything but rosy, according to market researcher IDC. Factory revenues slid 10 per cent to $508m (£310m) in the first three months of 2011, and only Portugal fared worse …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2011
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Departments reveal mobile device spending

The Department for Transport spent £1.5m on mobile telephones and related data services in the 2010-11 financial year. The department, which has seven executive agencies, disclosed that 7,757 officials were issued with mobile phones such as BlackBerrys and other 3G devices in that year. The department was responding to a …
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'Asian growth will save PC sales' theory goes down in flames

The APAC PC market suffered its biggest ever yearly decline of 10 per cent in 2013 and the 108 million unit total for sales was made to look good by major government spending in India, according to IDC. It’s been a tough year all round for the region (excluding Japan) and Q4 was no different, struggling over the line with a nine …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Jan 2014
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Laws puts brakes on gov IT spending

David Laws, chief secretary to the treasury, and Francis Maude will jointly chair the "Efficiency Group" in order to help government departments renegotiate contracts with suppliers. The group will also put a freeze on what they call "unnecessary" IT, advertising and consultancy spending over £1m. Presumably someone else will …
John Oates, 25 May 2010
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Gov depts to cut back office, IT spending

Several government departments will cut back office services and IT spending under chancellor George Osborne's comprehensive spending review. The departments for education, justice, international development, the Home Office and the Cabinet Office are to reduce their back office budgets as part of the government's plans to …
Kable, 20 Oct 2010
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Ha ha, Osborne, these Gov 2.0 web wranglers have wiped out UK debt

"A digital revolution, masterminded by a team of dress-down civil servants, could save the taxpayer billions," The Times newspaper gushed on Tuesday. And behold: it already has. The UK has apparently paid off its national debt years ahead of Chancellor George Osborne's predictions. Alas, it's no miracle, but an infographics cock …
Team Register, 31 Jul 2013

US public sector shuns public clouds

US government spending on cloud technology is set to spike in the next two years, though security concerns have scared agencies away from public clouds. Spending by US federal agencies on private cloud services will grow from $1.5 billion in 2012 to $1.7 billion in 2014, then rocket up to $7.69 billion by 2017, according to …
Jack Clark, 15 Jul 2013
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Cabinet Office: Hey, forget those multi-BILLION pound deals...

The Cabinet Office has insisted the multi-billion pound software and hardware framework that is about to surface will complement and not overshadow its cloud-first policy. At the end of October, some £63.4m had been transacted on CloudStore since its launch in March 2012. The web catalogue lists accredited public sector …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013
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Darling forces ministers to draw up spending hit lists

Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has asked ministers to start drawing up hit lists to show what their departments will do to slash government spending. Saddled with massive debt of £178bn and with promises to ringfence spending on education, the NHS, police and overseas development spending, the government needs big …
John Oates, 19 Jan 2010
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UK.gov IT supplier catalogue G-Cloud 4 goes titsup

Gremlins in the system have caused approved government supplier catalogue CloudStore to crash this morning - not that any tech buyers in public sector would have been crying into their cornflakes. A Cabinet Office spokesman confirmed work took place over the weekend in preparation for today's relaunch of the G-Cloud 4 framework …
Paul Kunert, 11 Nov 2013
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Indecent proposal: Hedge fund makes 'unsolicited' bid for Riverbed

An unwanted bid to take over WAN optimiser Riverbed for $3.1bn has been mounted by hedge fund Elliott Associates. Reg readers may be aware of Elliott from its activist, management-agitating attacks against incumbent management at Emulex, Compuware, Brocade and NetApp. Elliott, run by billionaire Paul Singer, looks for companies …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2014
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ConLibs issue orangey blueprint for government

The coalition government has issued its "wish list" - a combination of the hopes expressed in both parties' manifestos. The document lacks actual targets which might be missed - but presumably we'll get something containing more actual facts and figures with the budget on 22 June. So instead we get aspirations like "We will aim …
John Oates, 20 May 2010
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Revealed: Government blows thousands on iPhone apps

The government spent thousands of pounds on iPhone applications - including one for jobseekers and another to show people how to change a flat tyre. Despite the recent announcement of a bonfire of vanity websites there are currently six iPhone apps available or in development. There's one to help people who can't count to …
John Oates, 06 Jul 2010
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Government procurement now wrapped with training red tape

The UK government will demand that IT services suppliers have a staff development plan, if they want a slice of its £14bn annual spending on IT services. Skills secretary John Denham said: "Wherever possible Government spending should not just provide good public services, it should also ensure young people are trained in the …
John Oates, 22 May 2009

Australian Gartner chap slams gov-funded IT education boost

Government spending to develop folks with the IT skills business wants is a waste of time and money, according to Gartner analyst Rolf Jester. Australia-based Jester popped out a blog post carrying that opinion today, in response to the release of Australia's annual federal Budget. The release of that document is always a cue …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2013

Universal Credit: £40 MILLION and counting's been spaffed up the wall on useless IT gear

The chaotic IT implementation of the one-dole-to-rule-them-all benefits system will lead to millions of pounds of taxpayers' money being wasted, secretary of state for work and pensions Iain Duncan Smith admitted to MPs. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith MP confirmed to Parliament's Work and Pensions select committee …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2013
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US Air Force reclassifies 6 cyber tools as weapons

The US Air Force has classified six cyber tools as weapons to help them compete for scarce funding from the Pentagon's budget, an official has said. Lieutenant General John Hyten, vice commander of Air Force Space Command, didn't give any details on the new cyber weapons, but said that redesignation would help the military's …

Watchdog warns UK.gov not to create 'them and us' digital divide

The National Audit Office has warned that the British government's fixation with its digital-by-default agenda could create a "them and us" mentality that excludes more vulnerable members of society who don't access the internet. In a report entitled Digital Britain 2: Putting users at the heart of government’s digital services …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Mar 2013

Melbourne IT looks to offload business units

Battling disappointing trading results, Australian domain name custodian Melbourne IT is seeking buyers for some of its ailing business units. The hosting house has also weathered a tough year on the security front, enduring a Privacy Commission investigation, following a hacking attack from Anonymous in August that targeted …
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Australia's coalition reveals bits of broadband plan

Australia's shadow communications Malcolm Turnbull releases an alternative plan for the nation's national broadband network (NBN) today, an important moment in the network's evolution given the coalition Turnbull represents is likely to win government in September. IT media haven't been told where or when, in what seems to be …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2013
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Quantum returns to loss-making after Microsoft royalty blip

Quantum has returned to its old form after last quarter’s one-off Microsoft royalty-driven profits lift, with shrinking revenues and a loss in its second fiscal 2014 quarter. The quarter finished on 30 September, with revenues of $131.4m, 11 per cent down annually and also sequentially. There was a loss of $5m, contrasting with …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2013

Gov IT supermarket G-Cloud will cost £4.93m, says Maude

The British 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. The government reckons G-Cloud and Cloudstore will cost the taxpayer £4.93m to set up and run, but eventually save £340m. The costs will come out of the budget of …
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2012
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US jobs grew at slower pace in March, says gov

US employers worried about the sequester's effect on government spending didn't hire as many new workers in March as economists expected. Changes in the all-important IT sector were much less pronounced than in other industries, though. While the unemployment rate decreased it did so for the wrong reasons, with an increase of …
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Oracle suffers premature remuneration: Spaffs $900m on shareholders

Oracle is paying shareholders $867m in quarterly dividends early to beat a possible 2013 US tax hike. The company declared on Monday an accelerated second, third and fourth quarter cash dividend of $0.18 per share of outstanding common stock. The bonanza will be paid on 21 December 2012 instead of quarterly in 2013. Oracle’s …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Dec 2012
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Northern Ireland IT spending on the up

IT spending in Northern Ireland is growing, according to analyst IDC. Researchers say the total spending on IT in 2005 reached £658m. Government spending accounted for 70 per cent, with the rest coming from the private sector. Looking ahead, IDC expects IT spending to experience "good growth", reaching £877m in 2010. IDC …
Team Register, 08 May 2006
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Brussels 'set to clear' state cash for UK broadband deployment

Europe's competition commissioner has reportedly signalled that he will allow state investment by the UK to improve rural broadband within the next few weeks. According to the Financial Times, only "minor changes" are required by Joaquin Almunia before the plan is granted approval from officials in Brussels. Other commissioners …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Oct 2012
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SGI swings to a gain despite $50m in 'LMDs of profit destruction'

Supercomputer and cloud server maker Silicon Graphics ran a dog and pony show last week on Wall Street at the Needham Growth Conference, and because it was going to talk about its business the company had to release preliminary financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2013 to avoid being busted for selective disclosure …
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'Leaked' doc shock: BT denies inflating prices for rural broadband rollout

The government has declined to comment on the alleged leaking of a Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) document that reportedly suggests BT has been inflating prices for the deployment of its fibre network to rural areas, which needs taxpayer-derived funds. It has also been claimed that the author of the apparently damning document - …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Oct 2012
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UK.gov claims it's giving doubled cash to SMEs ... now 13%

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude claimed today that the government was "on track" to double the monetary value of business going to small- and medium-sized firms by April this year. “Governments might be able to print money but it is SMEs who make it successful. SMEs are crucial to the future of this country and can save …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Mar 2012
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More than $60bn spunked on cyber-security in 2011

Global cyber-security spending is on track to exceed $60bn for 2011, according to a study by management consultants PwC. The growing tide of cyber threats, coupled with greater vulnerabilities due to the more pervasive use of technology – particularly mobile devices and cloud computing – are fueling a growth in cyber-security …
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2011
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UK gov fights public spending website

The government is obstructing a bill aimed at establishing a new website for information on public sector spending. The bill, which originated in the House of Lords, is now being led by Conservative MP David Gauke. It would require the Treasury to create a government expenditure website, as well as giving the government the …
Kablenet, 03 Jul 2007
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Big Data megaslurp 'to save UK.gov £30 BILLION pa', raves thinktank

Politicians should use their own expectations of privacy to judge how far the government should go when digging through databases and marrying up disparate information on individual citizens. That's the conclusion of a report published by Tory think tank Policy Exchange, which counts among its list of trustees California-based …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jul 2012
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About to outsource your IT? Read this first

Whenever a major service provider runs into financial difficulties it is undoubtedly an extremely unsettling period, not least for the workforce, customers and management. Tough decisions need to be made in very tight timeframes which often don't allow much time for strategic planning. Financial distress is one of the ever- …
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Pickles throws down gauntlet on council data

Eric Pickles has told more than 200 "slow coach councils" that they must put spending data online or face the consequences. The local government secretary reminded them that they have until the end of January to publish data about spending of £500 or more. This includes publishing details of senior pay and councillor expenses, …
Kable, 06 Jan 2011

Cray peddles more iron than expected in Q1

It is tough to find a choppier business than the supercomputer market, and Cray CEO Peter Ungaro had to remind Wall Street once again to not judge the company on a single quarter, and particularly on the first quarter that it has just turned in. While the company's top line was a little better than expected, issues with the …

VC plans to flog or float public sector biz Civica next year

Private equity backers of public sector services and software player Civica are reportedly gearing up to punt or float the business early next year. Venture capitalist 3i is reviewing its options, says the FT. This comes more than four years after 3i forked out £190m to take the one-time AIM-listed operation private. Investment …
Paul Kunert, 03 Oct 2012
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Capita to get fat on govt cuts

Outsourcing giant Capita turned in "robust" results for 2010, despite a challenging business environment and a tightening of the government spending tap. Overall revenues were £1.7bn, up 2 per cent on the year. It reported "underlying profit before tax" of £364.2m, up 12 per cent on the year. This excludes items such as …
Joe Fay, 24 Feb 2011
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Cameron promises a 'right to data'

The Cabinet Office will demand proper transparency from all government departments and move to a "right to data" for the British public. The government, while ensuring national security, "information propriety" and "personal privacy" are protected, will work to release datasets the public wants access to. The Cabinet Office …
John Oates, 08 Nov 2010
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iiNet swallows Internode a month early

iiNet has announced that its acquisition of Internode has been completed a month ahead of schedule. The $AU105 million purchase first announced in December was subject to “administrative conditions” which iiNet says have “now been satisfied” (suggesting, perhaps, that the usual business of trying to work out whether a company’s …
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E-government is working for DVLA

A report from the National Audit Office (NAO) on the use of technology by UK vehicle licensing agencies has found that rare beast - a working government IT project. It's worth noting though that data security was not part of the government spending watchdog's brief this time. The NAO looked at six services from three agencies …
John Oates, 16 Jan 2008
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VMware: More revenue now from services than software

Server virtualization juggernaut VMware wasn't resting on its hypervisor laurels in the second quarter, but it certainly did benefit on the uptake and renewal of services on already installed sales to meet its revenue growth targets. Last week, VMware pre-announced rudimentary results for the quarter ended in June during its …
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UK gov could not procure its way out of a paper bag

Sir Philip Green's review of government efficiency has found... no evidence of efficiency. Green reviewed how government buys IT services, travel, phone and print services as well as how it manages its property portfolio. Green's researchers got access to department accounts and got information on government contracts and leases …
John Oates, 11 Oct 2010
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MPs: 999 HQ revamp FAIL cost £469m

Failure to understand IT was one of the core reasons for what the Public Accounts Committee has called "one of the worst cases of project failure in many years". FireControl – the attempt to rationalise 45 fire service control rooms into nine regional control centres – was cancelled in December 2010 after six years and the loss …
Anna Leach, 20 Sep 2011
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Capita says gov cuts hit hard

Capita shares are down nearly five per cent this morning after it warned that government cuts were hitting revenues harder than expected. In an update to the stock market, the government's favourite outsourcer said the message was mixed. It has had constructive discussions with the government on cutbacks and it believes …
John Oates, 18 Nov 2010