Articles about Procurement

When should you bin that old mainframe? Infrastructure 101

It's very easy to forget that buying kit for your infrastructure is just the first step on a long, long road. It's also easy to forget that everyone keeps their infrastructure kit going for years longer than their accountants depreciate it: we've all got something in the comms room that's still clinging to life. And this is …
Dave Cartwright, 31 Mar 2016

Tired of Windows 10 phoning home? Maybe the special Chinese govt version is for you

Microsoft is now ready to roll with a version of Windows 10 designed specifically for the Chinese government, it has emerged. Back in December, Microsoft and China Electronics Technology Group Corp (CETC) announced they were setting up a Beijing-based joint partnership called C&M Information Technologies. The new organization …
Iain Thomson, 28 Mar 2016
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Ello ello ello: Bungling Met cops blew £100m on failing tech wheezes

Exclusive The Met Police has admitted to having spent more than £100m on 37 technology projects that have been either stopped or need to be "corrected" as part of its "project cull" strategy. Of 147 live technology projects at the Met, 20 projects worth £24m have been stopped and 17 more, worth £83m, have been identified as needing " …
Kat Hall, 24 Mar 2016
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VMware VSAN: When good enough more than passes muster

Last week I attended SFD9 and the last session of the week was with VMware about VSAN 6.2. This is not a review of the product or an analysis about single features; there are plenty of them already. Instead I’ll talk about what a product like VSAN 6.2 means for the entire SDS/HCI market. 6.2 The new version was launched a few …

UK tech supplier Softcat shows off fuller figures

Mid-market reselling monster Softcat is still piling on the pounds after adding hundreds of new punters and squeezing more out of existing ones. But the tech supplier agrees with Chancellor Osborne - storm clouds are gathering over the UK economy. At the half-way stage of fiscal ’16 ended 31 January, turnover at the Marlow- …
Paul Kunert, 17 Mar 2016

Steve Jobs, MS Office, Israel, and a basic feature Microsoft took 13 years to install

tropeR laicepS You know the cliches: software is always late, and some features take longer to implement than others. The software feature you’re about to read about has only taken 13 years to implement, and turned out to be one of the most politically explosive we’ve ever covered. Cast your mind back to the beginning of 2002. Apple was in …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Mar 2016
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Ever heard of 'multi-cloud'? Get with cool kids – it's the New Big Thing™

Comment Hybrid cloud is so yesterday – multi-cloud is where it’s at. Spreading your cloud apps between different providers is now becoming a trend. Four in five firms were using multi-cloud services last year, according to cloud firm RightScale. Six in 10 UK companies used more than one provider, said Adapt a year earlier. There are …
Danny Bradbury, 15 Mar 2016
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Audit Office pours cold water on UK.gov's SME spending target claims

Claims the government beat its target to pump more than 25 per cent of its largesse through SMEs in the last Parliament have today been critiqued by the National Audit Office, which says "it cannot be certain" spending increased at all over that period. In February 2015, the government reported that it had met its 2010 SME …
Kat Hall, 09 Mar 2016
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Buying gov.UK kit via price-comparison digital portal could 'save £10bn'

The government could save up to £10bn per year if it were to create an "Amazon-like" procurement portal for all its purchases, similar to the underused G-Cloud, according to a think tank report. Amazon box tipped over, propped against doorframe.Photo by Jeramey Lende via Shutterstock Er, ID Smith? Your server arrived! Upside …
Kat Hall, 07 Mar 2016
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Docker may be the dumbest thing you do today

It’s clear that Docker is on a tear as it ushers in a brave new world of DevOps. What’s less clear is whether this is a good idea. At least, today. After all, for most enterprises, most of the time, Docker and its container peers are simply not ready for primetime, assuming “primetime” means “standard enterprise apps.” While …
Matt Asay, 04 Mar 2016
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Former Brit police IT boss cuffed over bribery allegations

The recent head of IT services for Hampshire and Thames Valley police in the UK has been arrested on suspicion of bribery. After early morning raids on properties in Hampshire and Middlesex, Brian Chant, 57, who lives with his parents at the property in Andover, was arrested by officers from the City of London Police. The …
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Irate IT distributors chase Amazon over unpaid bills

Exclusive Amazon has a bad rep among some Brits for avoiding taxes but it seems the company isn’t winning any fans among its supplier base locally either. Multiple tech distributors and vendors have told us they are fighting tooth and nail with the retail giant to get paid for historic deliveries it has disputed, potentially amounting …
Paul Kunert, 01 Mar 2016
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Two flashy VMAX bridesmaids bare ankles at EMC's DSSD groom

+Comment EMC has two new all-flash VMAX products as a result of re-engineering aspects of the VMAX design to lower latency. The company now has four all-flash array product families; XtremIO for relatively standard all-flash workloads; the DSSD D5 for extreme high-performance; VMAX for high performance and huge capacity inside the VMAX …
Chris Mellor, 29 Feb 2016

US Congressman calls WIPO 'the FIFA of UN agencies' at hearing

The US House Foreign Affairs joint sub-committee in Washington heard evidence of continued bizarre and allegedly illegal behaviour by Francis Gurry, the boss of the UN's patent body. The Committee promised yesterday to take action to demand reform of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and push for publication …
John Oates, 25 Feb 2016

Police forces start shifting their data centre tin to Crown Hosting

At least two police forces have signed contracts to shift their tin to the the government's Crown Hosting shared data centre and close their existing server farms, the head of the Police ICT Company, Martin Wyke, has said. Wyke estimates that almost every force currently has its own dedicated data centre. However, he said …
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2016
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Secret UN report finds against controversial WIPO chief

Exclusive UN investigators have delivered their report into allegations of illegal behaviour at the World Intellectual Property Organisation. The report remains secret but Register sources in Geneva suggest it has come down heavily against WIPO's director general Francis Gurry. The probe is being carried out by the UN's Organisation of …
John Oates, 22 Feb 2016

Big data lakes? Too many ponds, that’s the problem

In recent chats I had with end users and vendors I found a common pattern that made me think about Big Data analytics and how data is collected, organized and analysed in many organisations. This is also, I think, an explanation for the slow growth of some Big Data companies and slower than expected ROI in some Big Data …
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From Tony Stark to Iron Man: Building tomorrow's IT chief

The proliferation of smartphones, tablets and apps means everyone everywhere has an opinion about IT. Some experts believe the rise of interest in technology is a good thing – but for IT professionals, this attention creates a problem. While knowledge about devices has been democratised, the actual creation of tools and …
Mark Samuels, 11 Feb 2016

Microsoft: Yes, we are going to kill off Enterprise Agreements

Microsoft has confirmed it is to gradually kill off Enterprise Agreements - volume licensing contracts so complex that a whole profit-making asset management eco-system sprang up off the back of them. As we exclusively revealed, first evidence of this comes on 1 July when new commercial customers with sub-500 seats will no …
Paul Kunert, 01 Feb 2016
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Government in-sourcing: It was never going to be that easy

Comment Having thrown out the baby with the bathwater in its "outsource everything" drive beginning nearly two decades ago, Whitehall is now keen to bring tech staff back in-house. But how much roadmap does it have for breaking its soon-to-expire mega deals and for "transforming" IT? The chief exec of the civil service, John Manzoni, …
Kat Hall, 22 Jan 2016

Capita in line for tasty £139m deal across five councils

Outsourcing goliath Capita has been named first in line for a nine-year, £139m deal across five UK councils. The London-based professional services company has been named preferred bidder in a deal to provide the councils' revenues and benefits, customer services, human resources, IT, and procurement. If the contract goes …
Kat Hall, 13 Jan 2016
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DevOps is no excuse for cowboy devs. Right. Let's talk Composable Infrastructure

HPE, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise to you and me, has announced Synergy, rich with new buzzwords for existing concepts and the promise of brand new hardware to woo and wow. With general availability in Q2 2016, Synergy is taking the lead in HPE's "composable infrastructure" push ... but what lies underneath all the marketing …
Trevor Pott, 07 Jan 2016
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Ready for DevOps? Time to brush up on The Office and practise 'culture'

DevOps is the Holy Grail that could save your IT architecture – or so we’re being told. Do DevOps properly, and the IT department can deliver software continuously and fix complaints more quickly. This makes line of business managers happier, which is lovely. It also gives you more time to listen to their requests for new …
Danny Bradbury, 05 Jan 2016
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2015 was VMware's Year of Living Dangerously

Server virtualisation just works, so most IT shops do it. And in the decade since it rose to prominence VMware has ruled the roost. But 2015 was VMware's year of living dangerously. At first glance, things look fine for Virtzilla: vSphere 6.0 emerged to applause and swift adoption. Dollars rolled in through the door. A …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Dec 2015
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Telstra wins copper repair contract on the copper it sold to nbn

You can't make this stuff up: after selling its copper hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) networks to nbn, Telstra has won contracts to maintain those networks and to re-design the latter to carry the DOCSIS 3.1 data transmission standard. nbn is the entity charged with building and operating Australia's national broadband network. …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Dec 2015

VMware finds back door for US military mega-deal, but Nutanix, Citrix protest again

VMware's foes have again protested its attempts to strike a new deal with much of the US military. VMware spent much of 2014 chasing the US$1.6bn, five-year deal, which was to cover the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Defense Information Systems Agency. That deal was controversial because it was done under “A Justification For …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2015
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Does scaling out bring TCO advantages over scaling up? The Reg offers advice

Analysis I usually tend to look at technology from a technical point of view, but when in the field talking to end users it often turns out they bought it for the same reason it was pitched ... only to realise later that actually they like it for totally different reasons. What I’m about to say was backed up for me a few days ago while …

US Navy's newest ship sets sail with Captain James Kirk at the bridge

The US Navy's largest destroyer has finally set sail. And at its helm is Captain James Kirk. The USS Zumwalt, named after Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, has embarked on its first open ocean trials after eight years of construction. The $4bn Zumwalt is at the cutting edge of technology and will be the first of three in its class ( …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Dec 2015

Wick Hill grabs majority stake in networking distie Zycko

The Bank of Rigby has followed up its summer slurp of security virtuoso Wick Hill by similarly taking a majority stake in specialist networking and UC distie Zycko for an undisclosed sum. Rigby Private Equity – part of the Midlands-based business empire amassed by Brummie tycoon Sir Peter Rigby – launched in July, as …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2015

Codeship loads up on cash, sets sail for enterprise land

Codeship has snagged another round of cash from investors banking on the furore around DevOps. The Vienna-born and now Boston-based firm has taken $1.5m from new and existing investors, including Sigma Prime Venues, Boston Seed Capital and Prime Capital, bringing its total funding to date to $4.4m. The investment in the …
Joe Fay, 04 Dec 2015
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Array with it: What's next for enterprise storage?

Storagebod So I was sitting in my hotel room on day 2 of HPE Discover* thinking about some of the discussions that happened on the previous days/evenings. It seems that even vendors are now coming round to the idea that enterprise storage is pretty much dead – at least in its current form. What do we mean by dead? Well, we don’t mean …
StorageBod, 03 Dec 2015
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Open source Gov.UK is 'example of UK soft power'

El Reg joined 13,000 registrants to attend the first day of HPE Discover at the ExCel centre in London's Docklands and what a huge affair it is. We have already covered the first big news announcement (on "composable infrastructure") and in this article we zoom in on the keynote delivered to a packed auditorium by CEO Megan …
Drew Cullen, 01 Dec 2015
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IETF standards are 'band-aids on top of band-aids' says SDN veteran

Interview With the Open Networking Foundation preparing to take a direct presence in Australia, networking veteran and the Foundation's executive director Dr Dan Pitt came within reach of our operatives at Vulture South. So we interviewed him. Pitt took up his role at the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) after years hanging around with …
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MS Future Decoded conference, or The Empire Strikes Back

Microsoft wants to rid itself of the image as the default option of lazy corporate IT professionals (like me), even though that is still the core business of the horde of partner, customers and devs it brought to Excel. But as we hear from our round tables, less growth is coming from that direction, so the Biz day pushed …
Dominic Connor, 12 Nov 2015
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Simpler ERP for all! Well, if you're a SAP S/4HANA customer

SAP is updating its next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite, SAP S/4HANA. But is it enough to get the company’s huge installed SAP V3 base to bet the farm on an entirely new code base? The company took the floor at its annual shindig TechED in Barcelona this week to introduce several “key simplifications and …
Drew Cullen, 11 Nov 2015
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Met signs up Atos as second outsourcing 'service integrator'

The Metropolitan Police has signed up Atos as its service integration manager to oversee an overhaul of the force's creaking ICT infrastructure. The deal is part of the Met's Total Technology Programme, to sign up multi-suppliers to provide infrastructure services. Under the contract – the value of which was not disclosed – …
Kat Hall, 05 Nov 2015
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Cops' IT too complex for quick and dirty revamp – Police ICT boss

Coppers' IT is so complex and varied across the 43 different forces, a complete "big bang" overhaul of systems to force consolidation is not practical - the head of the Police ICT company Martin Wyke has said. Speaking to The Register, Wyke said that due to the varying IT arrangements and outsourcing contracts across the …
Kat Hall, 05 Nov 2015
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UK SMEs with weak security risk procurement exclusion – survey

SMEs need to take cyber security seriously or face being frozen out of the procurement process, according to a new survey from management consultants KPMG. In a poll of UK procurement managers, nearly all (94 per cent) agreed that the cyber security standards of their supplier are important when awarding a contract to an SME. …
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2015
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G-Cloud sellers hit out against cap on scaling services

G-Cloud suppliers have hit out against new rules to be introduced in the next iteration of the cloudy framework this month. The new guidelines will slap a 20 per cap on how much buyers can scale their services. Trade association EuroCloud said the changes are incompatible with the pay-as-you-go cloud subscription model. The …
Kat Hall, 02 Nov 2015
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Trio nailed in US for smuggling $30m of microchips into Russia

Two men and a woman have been found guilty in the US of illegally peddling electronics to Russian military and spies. The trio worked at Arc Electronics in Houston, Texas, which was a front for an operation that moved more than $30m in microchips overseas against Uncle Sam's export and arms laws. Arc masqueraded as a traffic …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Oct 2015
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Careful, don't move. What's that? Yes, it's a glint of growth at EMC

EMC just managed to scratch out a one per cent annual revenue rise in its third calendar 2015 quarter's results, beating its own estimates. The quarter ended on 30 September and revenues of $6.08bn were a tiny amount up on the year-ago's $6.03bn and the second quarter's $6bn. Net income of $528m was down 16 per cent in the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015
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Australian government Slacks off in cabinet

Australia's fully-mobile-enabled BYOD prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is reportedly working hard to keep discussions between members of Cabinet out of the reach of the country's data retention regime. Turnbull, whose tech credentials include running his own Hillary-Clinton-style e-mail server and using the encrypted …

Ever been burned by a bad IT decision? Of course you have!

There’s a great quote from the movie Armageddon: “You know we're sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn't it?”. This line, delivered by Steve Buscemi (a.k.a. ‘Rockhound’), as the crew of press-ganged astronauts …
Dale Vile, 05 Oct 2015
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Capita and private equity biz circling, sniffing around Xchanging

What a place employees at troubled Xchanging find themselves this morning: both Capita and private equity firm Apollo Global are bidding to buy the LSE-listed tech biz. The insurance market BPO specialist and software provider confirmed to the City this morning it has permitted both businesses to look under the hood. …
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2015
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Behind the curve: How not to be a technology laggard

I came across a wonderful term the other day: the “technical laggard”. I hadn't actually realised that this was an accepted term that's in (reasonably) wide usage – turns out it's the name given to people at the opposite end of the technology take-up spectrum from the early adopters. Although I've worked for, and with, largely …
Dave Cartwright, 01 Oct 2015
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Penny wise and pound foolish: Server hoarders are energy wasters

Sysadmin blog This summer was particularly bad for western Canada, where I live. Electricity costs are soaring and the datacenter air conditioners were going 24 hours a day. There has to be a way to be more efficient. My power bill at home is $250 most months. This is with over half the equipment in my lab out on customer sites for testing …
Trevor Pott, 24 Sep 2015
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It's MY ball! Stone Computers' pre-pack sale placed on ice

Exclusive The pre-pack sale of Stone Computers has been adjourned due to an alleged discrepancy over shareholder voting rights to appoint an administrator, The Channel can exclusively reveal. Directors at the Staffordshire-based PC builder called in administrator Duff & Phelps last month, after defaulting on loan note repayments to the …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2015
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Nice try, Apple. The Maxi Pad is no laptop killer – and won’t scratch the Surface

Apple’s Maxi Pad is no laptop or Surface Pro killer – even though it holds up comparatively well for general workforce usage. This is the prognosis from some in the analyst community and those who will compete against it. The view from the Mac channel understandably differs somewhat. A relatively late market entrant - not …
Paul Kunert, 22 Sep 2015
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MoJ admits to splashing out on 2.3 MILLION Oracle licences

The Ministry of Justice has admitted to holding 2.3 million Oracle software licences, The Register can reveal. The licence breakdown of 53 separate Oracle products includes 961,000 “internet expense” licences, 250,000 for three separate for human resources licences, and 100,000 payroll licences, according to a Freedom of …
Kat Hall, 21 Sep 2015
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EU spaffs €131m on making gov digi services 'talk' to each other

Sick of filling out online forms in triplicate for basic government services? So are EU officials. The EU is to spend €131m to make eGovernment services in different countries “talk” to each other. Ministers from member states, led by the Luxembourg presidency, and MEPs on Wednesday agreed to extend funding to the ISA² ( …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Sep 2015