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IBM Australia on the stand over $1bn blowout

In 2007 the Australian State of Queensland decided it needed shared services arrangements to streamline its affairs and reduce costs. One shared service was a new payroll system that would be used, in part, by the State's health department. IBM won a deal to do the job for an initial payment of $AUD6.19m. But by the time the …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2013
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Anonymous doxes Cambodia after Pirate Bay arrest

Hacktivist group Anonymous has been up to its old tricks again, this time claiming to have hacked and uploaded a heap of sensitive Cambodian government documents in retaliation for the arrest and extradition back to Sweden of The Pirate Bay (TPB) co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg. Warg was arrested in Cambodia by Swedish police …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Sep 2012
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Logica buys US call centre software company

UK software outfit Logica is to boost its US operations with the acquisition of Carnegie Group for $35 million. The US company produces call centre software, and is a spin-off from Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Group was founded in 1983, and made pre-tax profits of $200,000 on revenues of $29.4 million last year. It has …
John Lettice, 02 Oct 1998
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Logica slashes jobs

Logica has surprised no one by announcing that it will cut between four and five per cent of its staff in response to the "worsening economic environment". We revealed last month how Logica had sent an internal email which effectively cancelled Christmas for all its staff to cut costs. The company declined to comment on …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Nov 2001
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Big Blighty telcos ordered to block three BitTorrent search sites

A High Court judge ruled today that Britain's six biggest telecoms providers should block three BitTorrent tracker websites - one of which is allegedly fronted by Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Swartholm Warg. BT, BSkyB, EE, Virgin Media, O2 and TalkTalk were all ordered by Mr Justice Arnold to shutter access to downloads search …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Feb 2013
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Logica CMG to cut 1,400 jobs

The combined workforces of Logica and CMG face the prospect of more layoffs as the boards of the respective companies approved a merger and cost-cutting plan. The merger plan will see Logica buy rival CMG for £512 million in stock, creating one of the largest computer services companies in Europe. Logica said it will pay 0. …
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Fujitsu, TalkTalk bag Post Office contract spurned by BT

Fujitsu and its strategic partner TalkTalk have won a contract that could be worth £500m to supply a broadband network to the Post Office. BT had been the Post Office's previous provider, having inked a four-year deal in May 2007 with the national telco's wholesale wing supplying kit and customer support to make the national …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 May 2012
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Dixons confirms Logica deal off

Dixons has confirmed that it has cancelled plans to outsource its IT support to LogicaCMG, after the two companies were unable to agree on the terms of the deal. It now says it is "reviewing its options" about how to proceed. In a statement, the company said: "We can confirm that we have ceased negotiations with LogicaCMG …
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Jul 2005
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Logica builds SMS roaming service

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Logica Plc last week sought to polish its credentials as the world's most operator-friendly SMS systems supplier, and announced a service that will take the pain out of organizing and operating SMS roaming deals. The London, UK company's Global Interconnect Network adds a new service …
ComputerWire, 21 Jan 2002
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IBM committed 'ethical transgressions' to win botched project

IBM has found to have acted unethically during a bid to win work developing a new payroll application for the Australian state of Queensland's Department of Health, but has not been held directly or solely responsible for the $AUD1bn blowout in costs on the project. IBM's been under the microscope for its role in this project …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Aug 2013
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Pirate Bay site sinks, Swedish police raid its ISP

Rumors are flying after the Pirate Bay's website took a dive on Monday just as news broke of a raid by Swedish police on its hosting company PRQ – but the group says the two facts are not related. "Dear internet. We have not been raided. We are not shutting down. We like turtles, waffles and you," the group said on its Facebook …
Iain Thomson, 02 Oct 2012
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Christmas cancelled for Logica staff

Christmas has been cancelled for staff at Logica, despite the company proudly announcing a 60 per cent rise in profits at the start of September. In an internal memo sent out today, the COO of Logica Mobile Networks Gerry McKenna lays out the company's extensive cost-cutting plans which includes the removal of all pay reviews, …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Oct 2001
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Maude to gov IT suppliers: If you are rubbish you will be binned

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude will today warn some of the largest IT suppliers to government they may find themselves in the metaphorical public sector waste bin if their performance is rubbish. After the champagne cocktails hair dryer treatment, integrators including Accenture, Atos, Steria, Capita, Capgemini, Logica …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2012

HP plonks newcomer into hot seat for EMEA Enterprise Group

HP has shuffled the management deck in EMEA in a restructure that's bagged big cheese Peter Ryan the top job at the Enterprise Group. The vendor confirmed in March it was stitching together the PC and printer divisions and merging the Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking (ESSN) and Global Accounts and Technology Services …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2012

IBM, Logica spar for £80m MoD deal

Logica and IBM have been named by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) as the final two contractors in a £1m project to propose an online medical records system for military personnel. At the end of a six-month assesment period, one of them will be awarded the final contract worth a cool £80m over ten years. The snappily entitled …
Lucy Sherriff, 18 May 2004
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Logica wounded by mobile setbacks

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence IT services and software group Logica Plc has cut 700 of its 11,500-strong workforce, and admitted that sales in its mobile networks division have rapidly deteriorated in 2002. The company said it is also pulling out of offices in Japan, the UK and Ireland, and will take a one-time …
ComputerWire, 13 May 2002

Every man, woman and child in the UK paid HP £21 last year

The government spends billions of pounds on IT every year. While individual projects often make the news when investigated by auditors and select committees, the overall picture is less well-known. But it IS big business – both because of how much is spent, but also because just a few big businesses suck up very large amounts of …
SA Mathieson, 12 Nov 2013

Network failure closed hospitals to ambulance admissions

University College London hospitals trust (UCLH) has launched an investigation after a network glitch led to the closure of A&E to blue light traffic. The problem also led to cancellations of operations. The trust was last month forced to halt a number of services, including the cancellation of 50 per cent of its operations, due …
Kable, 30 Mar 2011
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Defra gives IBM 21% MORE dosh this year

IBM has increased its dominance of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra) budget, after a 21 per cent increase in its income from the department. The firm now receives nearly a quarter of Defra's £398.7m spending with external suppliers. Defra paid the firm £99.1m in 2010-11, according to figures …
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Plods roll out new Police National Database

The National Policing Improvement Agency, in charge of central British police databases, has announced the rollout of the new Police National Database, an intelligence-sharing tool designed to let coppers access information across force boundaries – a thing which was very difficult to do until now. "In many cases forces have …
Lewis Page, 23 Jun 2011
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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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FCO spends £39m with HP

HP took nine per cent of the money spent by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with its 100 biggest suppliers in 2009-10. Figures released to Kable under Freedom of Information by the department show that the technology firm topped its supplier list, with Global Crossing coming third with £20m of spending in 2009-10. The …
Kable, 29 Nov 2010
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Digital Economy Bill minister stabbed

Stephen Timms, the Labour MP and former minister who was responsible for guiding the Digital Economy Bill through Parliament, was stabbed today in his East Ham constituency. The 54-year-old is currently in hospital and a 21-year-old woman is in police custody and being assessed by mental health specialists. Timms was attacked …
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UK.gov awards managed services deal to lucky dozen

Buying Solutions has announced that it has awarded a two-year IT managed services framework agreement to 12 suppliers. The government procurement agency said the contract, which includes the management of servers, PCs and laptops, is now live at public sector and associated organisations. "This framework agreement caters for …
Kable, 16 Aug 2010
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Logica to bring MMS to land lines

System integrator LogicaCMG is to bring Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) to fixed lines. ASPs and content providers will be able to use the service to deliver rich multimedia content to the home. The first fixed line MMS service will be introduced later this year by ITENOS, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. Subscribers need …
Jan Libbenga, 26 Sep 2003

How I went from Unix engineering to flogging Google apps

When I started work as a Unix software engineer at Logica nearly 30 years ago, we were on the cusp of a revolution in IT. IBM was top dog in tech and Digital Equipment Corporation was the world's second-largest IT company. The other major players were the BUNCH companies: Burroughs, Univac, NCR, Control Data Corporation and …
David McLeman, 24 May 2012
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ATI licenses ‘dynamic logic’ tech for faster, cheaper chips

ATI has licensed Intrinsity's Fast 14 'dynamic logic' chip design technology to help it create "future consumer products" - possibly even the graphics accelerator it is designed for the Xbox 2 - aka Xbox Next. We first wrote about Intrinsity back in 2001, after it had demonstrated a 2.2GHz chip - back than, way faster than …
Tony Smith, 11 Feb 2004

Pano's virtual desktops go from zero to hero

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a common industry term that has come to mean "all the real work is done on the servers". While VDI technically refers only to VMWare’s implementation of this ideal (now called VMWare View), in practice the term has been expanded to include all similar technologies. In a VDI setup, the …
Trevor Pott, 12 Oct 2011
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Manual override: Raspberry Pi beginners' books

The Raspberry Pi has been out for just over a year now. It has undergone a couple of revisions during that time, most recently around October 2012, but a short while ago I decided it was time I ought to try it out and see what the diminutive, Linux-running micro can do. Entirely coincidentally, the Raspberry Pi Owners’ Workshop …
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2013
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DfE spent £113.8m with Capita last year

Capita Business Services took 24 per cent of the money spent by the Department for Education in 2009-10 with its 100 largest suppliers. Figures released to Kable under Freedom of Information by the department show that the outsourcing company topped its supplier list, with Capgemini coming second with £33.9m of spending in 2009- …
Kable, 23 Nov 2010
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Maude talks cost cutting with ICT suppliers

A group of prime government ICT suppliers has met Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude to discuss plans for cost cutting. A spokesperson for the Office of Government Commerce told GC News that on 8 July 2010 19 major public sector ICT suppliers were involved in "an initial meeting to discuss how money can be saved from the …
Kable, 09 Jul 2010
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Fujitsu leads Home Office supplier spending

The Home Office paid Fujitsu Services £136m in 2009-10, with CSC, Atos and Raytheon among other major suppliers. Figures released by the Home Office to Kable under Freedom of Information have revealed the department's largest supplier of any kind in the 2009-10 financial year was an IT firm, but also that it splits its …
Kable, 11 Jan 2011
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Plastic Logic rolling in government roubles

E-Reader prototyper Plastic Logic has hooked in some Russian cash to continue operations, and will be opening a Russian factory to start the manufacture of something or other. We don't know exactly what that factory will be making, or how much money the Russian tax-payer is investing. Plastic Logic officially gave up on the Que …
Bill Ray, 10 Nov 2010
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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

It was a home computer that embodied so many contradictions. It was launched months after the British microcomputer boom of the early 1980s had peaked. It was a rush job: the machine that was revealed to the press in the Spring of 1984 hadn’t even existed nine months previously. It was one of the best-produced British micros of …
Tony Smith, 12 Feb 2014
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Defra spent £82m with IBM last year

Spending data released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has revealed IBM to be the department's biggest supplier. The list, released by Defra under Freedom of Information on 7 June 2010, shows that it paid IBM UK a total of £82.2m in 2009-10. The firm, which provides the department with most of its IT …
Kable, 08 Jun 2010
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UK micro pioneer Chris Shelton: The mind behind the Nascom 1

Chris Shelton is not well known today, yet the British microcomputer industry would have been a very much poorer place without him. Never as famous as Sir Clive Sinclair, with whom he worked in the past; Acorn’s Chris Curry, Herman Hauser, Steve Furber and Sophie Wilson; or even Tangerine and Oric’s Paul Johnson. Nonetheless, …
Tony Smith, 21 Aug 2013
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MoD awards £540m extension to DII

The Ministry of Defence has agreed to the next phase of its Defence Information Infrastructure programme, provided by HP's Atlas Consortium. DII increment 3a, which the MoD agreed to on 18 December 2009, will involve 42,000 more computer terminals working with restricted and secret material at permanent MoD sites, replacing old …
Kable, 21 Jan 2010
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Happy birthday MIDI 1.0: Slave to the rhythm

In part one, the main focus was on MIDI’s myriad data forms and how it began chattering to synths and drum machines, but it was the sequencer that really demonstrated MIDI’s brilliance. In fact, so brilliant it was, that musicians even began to think they were brilliant too by association. Brilliant! It’s early 1988 and it’s …
Bob Dormon, 26 Aug 2013
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Does Britain really need a space port?

Everyone knows about Britain's soaraway space sector. It turns over £8bn a year – the same sort of money as the remaining automotive industry – it employs tens of thousands of people, and it's growing faster than the Chinese economy. And, famously, it has done all this without any significant government help. Some people think …
Lewis Page, 18 May 2012
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Osborne tosses £3bn gift to the green elite

Something interesting is happening in politics at a quite seismic level, and as usual, the professionals haven't noticed. Let's start with the details. Last week, Chancellor George Osborne announced a new body that would make loans and issue debt. In a harkback to the 1970s, poorly performing and deeply unprofitable businesses …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Mar 2011
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Digitech iPB-10 guitar effects pedalboard for iPad

When the Digitech iPB-10 arrived, I duly dispatched an e-mail to a muso mate with a link to this ultimate iPad guitar pedalboard. The wag replied: Nice machine you're reviewing, but I don't know whether 87 pedals, 54 amps and 26 cabinets is quite enough for me... Digitech iPB-10 guitar effects pedalboard for iPad Heavy metal: …
Bob Dormon, 29 Mar 2012
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UK.gov outlines £95m IT savings plan

Ahead of next week's emergency Budget, Francis Maude, head honcho of the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG), has outlined plans to renegotiate government IT contracts to net £95m in planned savings. Targets by project have not been set, but Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General Maude said: “Each project will need …
Robert Blincoe, 15 Jun 2010

BOFH: Die, Robot

“A Security Robot?!” the PFY gasps. “Really?” “Really,” the Boss nods. “And we have no say in the matter?” “It’s a security thing.” “But our technical budget pays for it.” “Our Capital budget, yes, but the operational expenses will come out of security’s budget.” “So what sort of robot will it be – something like Robocop …
Simon Travaglia, 17 Sep 2010
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LogicaCMG finds itself a CEO at BT

Andy Green is to become CEO of LogicaCMG, having been enticed away from BT after 21 years with the UK's incumbent telco. Shares in LogicaCMG jumped almost seven per cent on the announcement. Green joined BT in 1986 when the world of telecommunications was a very different place - the company had only just been privatised, …
Bill Ray, 09 Oct 2007
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SNIA Archiving for data protection in the modern data centre

El Reg has teamed up with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) for a series of deep dive articles. Each month, the SNIA will deliver a comprehensive introduction to basic storage networking concepts. This month the SNIA examines archiving in today's data centres. What is an archive? An archive is a collection of …
Walter Moriconi, 08 Jul 2011
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Government waves cutlass at IT budget

Treasury minister Yvette Cooper yesterday announced a plan to look for wide-ranging cost cuts in government budgets. Martin Read, the government's Chief Information Officer, will look for savings in back office and IT spending. Other strands include collaborative procurement, asset management, sales and property. Read, ex-CEO …
John Oates, 04 Jul 2008
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LogicCMG gets euro tax deal

LogicaCMG was crowing today that it had a won a €14m, five year contract to support quality assurance and control of EC’s tax and customs directorate. To be honest, we’re not sure tying yourself into the Taxation and Customs Union Directorate General is anything to celebrate. Logica said large parts of the Directorate’s IT and …
Joe Fay, 27 Sep 2006
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Scientists: Tasers work, but we don't know how

Despite the Taser being one of the most heavily researched less-lethal weapons in the world, its operational mechanism remains a mystery, a conference on non-lethal weapons was told. Explanations for the electro stun weapon's apparent ability to stiffen the whole of the human body without (usually) causing any physiological …
Mary Lane, 25 May 2009
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Darling banks on offshoring to save UK plc

Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling presents his budget today as the UK faces its worse recession for a generation. And his big idea is using offshoring and shared services to cut billions of pounds, and thousands of jobs, from the civil service. The Operational Efficiency Programme promises to cut £15bn from budgets - …
John Oates, 22 Apr 2009
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Sell the IT department down the river

Companies which outsource do better than those who don't, according to research commisioned by a company that does, er, outsourcing. Companies which outsource business processes perform better, and have higher stock market valuations, than companies which keep services in-house, according to the LogicaCMG-commissioned report. …
John Oates, 29 Jun 2005