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Report: Prez Obama kicks Healthcare.gov contractor to curb for web disaster

The Obama administration has reportedly patted CGI Federal on the back, forced it to pick up its various toys, and led it away from the fail-filled Healthcare.gov site it created and subsequently tried to repair. It's not usually this easy to get out of procurement contracts, but per the Washington Post, which made the claims …
Jack Clark, 10 Jan 2014
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Revealed: SECRET DNA TEST SCANDAL at UN IP agency

Allegations of bizarre and potentially illegal conduct within the World Intellectual Property Organisation have raised serious questions, after The Register obtained access to an internal report indicating reasonable grounds to suspect serious misconduct within the UN agency. The report, published exclusively by The Register …
John Oates, 08 Jul 2014
Register Roundtable at the Soho hotel

CIOs: Want to hit your IT suppliers where it hurts?

Some IT organisations seem to have their vendors just where they want them. The rest of us? Well, we’re not keen, and we’re starting to get mean. That’s why, following the success of our July Roundtable on IT governance, we’re asking our senior Reg readers to come to our next roundtable to pick apart another of the big IT …
Joe Fay, 19 Aug 2014
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NAO wants sustainable ICT procurement targets

Central government's spending watchdog has called on the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to work with departments on new goals for the sustainable procurement of ICT. In a report on the environmental impact of government procurement, the National Audit Office says …
Kable, 30 Apr 2009
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Budget decay kills NASA plutonium drive project

Budget cuts have forced NASA to mothball its Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG), a power plant designed to help the agency run projects to the outer planets. The ASRG was a decade-long development project designed to get the most out of space craft using plutonium-238 as fuel in applications where solar power won't …

Staff unions call for removal of controversial UN patent agency chief

Three unions representing United Nations staff have called for the immediate removal of Francis Gurry, the controversial boss of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Guy Fawkes masks optional. via WikiCommons Licensed under CC by-SA 3.0 Late last Friday, WIPO's Director-General Francis Gurry sacked the head of …
John Oates, 22 Sep 2014

Met cops to collar up to £20m of IT gear a year from US giant Insight

US reseller Insight Enterprises has cut a multi-year deal with London's Metropolitan Police to supply infrastructure kit and software worth up to £20m annually – just as the Sprint ii purchasing framework nears its end of life. Sprint ii is a cross-public-sector single-supplier agreement won by SCC in April 2010; it made SCC the …
Paul Kunert, 14 Mar 2014
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SpaceX billionaire claims Air Force official 'likely' made job-for-spy-sat-contract deal

Elon Musk appears to have taken to his official Twitter account to accuse a former Air Force official of having "likely" accepted a bribe to grant the exclusive black sat launch contract to United Launch Alliance. Musk, who is campaigning to have his own rocket firm SpaceX considered for the lucrative spy satellite blast-offs, …
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Elon Musk wants SpaceX to launch spy sats – and will sue US gov to do so

SpaceX has vowed to sue the US government for the right to compete for contracts to launch spy satellites – a market worth up to $70bn that's monopolised by Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The California-headquartered upstart, founded by internet tycoon Elon Musk, has only just sent up supplies to the International Space Station. …

Swiss cops BAN MASKS at meeting of rebellious United Nations IP staff

Around 150 UN staff met yesterday evening to protest over a continued lack of transparency at the UN's intellectual property agency WIPO and the sacking of its head of the staff council, Moncef Kateb. Originally the gathering was to be held outside the main building, and frightened staff were offered masks. But an email sent to …
John Oates, 23 Sep 2014

EU's super-commish for tech: Geo-blocks on cat vids, music – NOT FAIR

Andrus Ansip, the new EU super-commissioner for all things digital, says he will work to completely abolish geo-blocking of media in Europe – and urged telcos to get on with pushing out high-speed mobile broadband. What started out as a relatively boring and predictable hearing before the European Parliament on Monday took a …
Jennifer Baker, 07 Oct 2014
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BT scoops up Wales PSN contracts, elbows out Logicalis

BT has pipped Logicalis to be the preferred supplier to provide the Welsh public sector with broadband and other IP services in a contract valued at up to £420m over its lifetime. This is a blow for the Welsh Slough-based Logicalis, which from 2007 built a public sector network (PSN) for Wales - the first in Europe - to provide …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2014

Wanna slice of £6bn? Set up an IT supplier and apply to the UK.gov

The tender for the UK government's colossal IT supply framework, worth up to £6bn over four years, has finally landed on the desks of would-be suppliers – months after it was first expected. UK.gov procurement body Crown Commercial Services has dispatched copies of the Computer Equipment and Supplies (CES) tender, initially …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2014
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Oracle users open can of whup-ass on licensing policies

Businesses view relations with Oracle as “hostile” and are “filled with deep-rooted mistrust”, according to a six month end-user survey on software compliance conducted by the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL). The not-for-profit organ probed (PDF) 100 hard-pressed IT and software asset managers, licensing specialists and tech …
Paul Kunert, 03 Nov 2014

List prices mean zilch. Remember that when buying from upstarts

Storage industry blogger Howard Marks has written about telling storage startups apart from upstarts. Except, when you dig into his piece, it reads more like how to be a savvy tech buyer. Marks' online post, titled ”Separating Storage Startups From Upstarts” got me thinking, as someone involved in making large purchasing …
StorageBod, 24 Apr 2014
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Australia's eMinister has policy-crush on UK's Liam Maxwell

Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has offered a little more detail on his plans for electronic delivery of government services and the way Australia will procure the kit required to deliver them. Writing in The Guardian Australia, Turnbull detailed a meeting with Liam Maxwell this week. Neelie Kroes, the …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2014

Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

A home-grown "China operating system" (COS) to challenge rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple could be available as soon as October 2014, the country’s state-run Xinhua News Agency has said. According to Xinhua, Chinese Academy of Engineering academician Ni Guangnan told the People's Post and Telecommunications News (PPTN …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Aug 2014

Day 2: Gov web catalogue CloudStore still in darkness

Older methods are sometimes still the best and public sector buyers that want to buy services via CloudStore have been advised to email enquiries to the Cabinet Office. The government's web catalogue of suppliers, CloudStore is down for the second day following maintenance work on Friday that seemingly caused more glitches than …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2013
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Department of Interior dishes out $10bn for cloudy IT

The Department of Interior has announced a multi-billion dollar cloud procurement round that will see the land management organization shell out a maximum of $10bn across contracts with 10 major IT vendors. The pork barrels IT contracts were announced by the organization on Wednesday, and will see Aquilent, AT&T, Autonomic …
Jack Clark, 16 Aug 2013
Smartphones

Go on, buy your workers a smartphone. You know it makes sense

Choose your own device (CYOD), the latest incarnation of mobility device management, is being promoted as a smarter alternative to BYOD (bring your own device), with more benefits for everybody and fewer pitfalls. How is CYOD defined in the real world and what are the advantages and challenges for business owners, IT teams and …
Dave Wilby, 19 Nov 2014
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Don't be afraid of our e-tool, public sector, CloudStore won't bite

Nearly two years into the CloudStore experiment and the government is still working out ways to motivate more public sector tech procurement heads to actually use the e-tool. As the end of January, a total of £92.6m has been transacted via the web catalogue that now includes an eye-watering 13,000 services from nearly 1,900 …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2014
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Gov: Half of new tech spending must be made with SME suppliers

The UK government is trying to accelerate procurement reforms and hit ambitious targets by directing at least half of all new IT spending to small biz suppliers before the next general election. One of the grand aims of the Cabinet Office had been to route 25 per cent of all government IT business through SMEs by the end of …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2013

Hey, channel guy. STOP. Don't lock yourself into vendors' refresh cycles

Today’s business environment means that priority is often given to increasing revenue and acquiring more customers. Ensuring the availability of the necessary resources to do so may result in organisations needing to cut costs across other areas. IT departments, for one, are under continual pressure to reduce their operating …
Tom Pappas, 30 Jun 2014
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The target: 25% of UK gov IT from small biz... The reality: Not even close

The UK government is way off its target of sourcing a quarter of its IT gear and services from small businesses by 2015. That's according to a report out this month by Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that criticises the government's ICT strategy. The panel, chaired by Labour backbencher Margaret Hodge, interviewed …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2013

Jock and Awe: Scottish schools' sixty-mil 'slab splurge

Scottish ministers are seeking suppliers for up to £60m of tablets and notebooks. The supply contract for the desired technology is expected to run for 15 months with an option to extend it by one or two 12-month periods. Suppliers were this month invited by Scottish Procurement to bid for two lots: the first lot involves …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2012

French IT giant Atos is officially full of Bull.... and €620m lighter

IT services firm Atos is to purchase its French colleague Bull, which offers cloud, cybersecurity and big data to enterprise customers, for €620m (£503m, $845m). The two firms currently sit at number five and 10 respectively in the top 10 cloud computing firms in Europe, but they reckon that together they could “create the …

Crumbs, we're going to lose that public sector bid - Jeeves, send for the lawyers

The number of complaints raised by businesses over the awarding of public sector contracts has more than doubled over the last year, according to new figures. According to data released by the Cabinet Office following a freedom of information request by Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, business complaints about …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Jul 2013
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Watchdog puts UK gov IT on RED alert. Yes, that's a bad thing

The UK government's "G-Cloud" project is one of more than 20 IT-related government-run projects that have been given a "red" or "amber/red" status by the Major Projects Authority (MPA), a watchdog that oversees government projects. "It is important to note that a red or amber/red rating does not mean a project will be or should …
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 May 2014
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Tories pat small biz heads in open source IT procurement pledge

Shadow chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne claimed today that the Conservative party, if elected to form the next government, would meet its "ambition" of ensuring that the next generation of "Googles, Microsofts and Facebooks" were British companies. The Tories pledged in their technology manifesto that they would be the …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2010
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You shall not IT PASS! UK gov fishes tech catalogue out of bin as replacement stalls

The Crown Commercial Service that oversees how the UK public sector buys stuff has apparently granted an eight-month stay of execution to the Commodity IT Hardware & Software (CITHS) framework, through which Blighty's technology supply deals are brokered. According to its original tender published in the Official Journal of the …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2014

'I found the whole idea of an alien very exciting until it demanded all of my weed'

This was the week when eBay admitted it had suffered a ginormous breach exposing millions of users’ emails and passwords to hackers, along with personal information like names, dates of birth, phone numbers and physical addresses. Although passwords were apparently encrypted, the online tat bazaar told everyone to change their …
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IDC interview: The five stages of business mobility

Youtube Video It has long been a familiar feature of everyone’s working life but really we are all still waiting for mobile working to come of age. There has been plenty of progress, the advent of 4G and the uptake of cloud services having led to a big change of attitude in the last couple of years, but generally few UK …
Eira Hayward, 05 Jul 2014

Office of Fair Trading: UK.gov IT deals lack effective competition

No 10 Downing Street’s G-Cloud strategy has been dinged by Britain’s competition regulator, the Office of Fair Trading, for lacking effective competitive on public-sector IT deals. An OFT report published on Tuesday identified what it called “key barriers” still standing in the way of new entrants challenging the big boys for a …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2014

Amazon CIA cloud row: US judge slaps down IBM as 'manipulative', inferior

The United States Court of Federal Claims has dished the dirt on why IBM lost out on a strategically crucial CIA cloud contract to Amazon Web Services, and this dirt is pungent. A court opinion [PDF] published today revealed why the US government picked Amazon over IBM for a $600m CIA cloud, why it felt IBM's protest was on …
Jack Clark, 08 Nov 2013
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Dumping gear in the public cloud: It's about ease of use, stupid

Public cloud computing has finally started to make sense to me now. A recent conversation with a fellow sysadmin had me rocking back and forth in a corner muttering "that's illogical". When I emerged from my nervous breakdown I realised that capitalising on the irrationality of the decision-making process within most companies …
Trevor Pott, 06 Aug 2014
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Titsup CloudStore reanimated... without the search function

Government tech services catalogue CloudStore is back up and running, albeit with a limited search capability. The portal was closed for maintenance on Friday night for weekend maintenance but didn't open for business as usual yesterday and was still closed this morning. Updates to the record and search indexes led to some …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2013

Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations stall again

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade disagreement talks continue to resemble a slow-motion train wreck, with the latest round of negotiations apparently stalled over agricultural subsidies. According to Reuters, the latest round of talks in Singapore ground to a halt because America and Japan are butting heads over the latter's …
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BBC: Hey, Atos, old buddy. Here's a cheque for £285m, fill your boots

The BBC has tossed £285m of licence fee payers' cash at a beefy tech services deal with integrator Atos after the planned rollout of a brand new tower framework to house multiple suppliers hit the buffers. The existing Technology Framework Contract (TFC), also with Atos, is set to expire March next year. It covers telephony, …
Paul Kunert, 18 Feb 2014

Home Office terminates order for 16,000 PCs from Dell

The Home Office gave Dell just a fortnight to custom build 16,000 PCs but an admin cockup led to the order being shelved, and it is not clear if it will be re-tendered. A mini-auction took place in the first week of March with a build and delivery date set for the end of the month. Most of the tier ones competed on the deal but …
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2014
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Gov advises authorities on when EU procurement rules apply

The Government has published a guide it hopes will clarify when land deals are subject to EU procurement rules and when they are not. The guidance relates to agreements between authorities and land developers. The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has produced the guidance to help authorities and companies in what it says is a …
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Oct 2009

Ministry of Justice IT bods to strike over outsourcing fears

Nearly half of the unionised techies at the UK's Ministry of Justice have voted to strike over proposals that could shift IT service work into the private sector. At the heart of the matter is the Cabinet Office's excitingly titled Next Generation Shared Services Strategy, which was published in March 2013: the strategy's …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2014
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China, clouds, to kill data centre tech market growth

China's data centre kit-providers will take two per cent of the global market from current suppliers, according to newly-released Gartner research titled “Four Highly Disruptive Factors Will Challenge the Survival of Incumbent Data Center Market Vendors.” Gartner says China will advance because it is “buoyed by deep resources” …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2014

OFT probe: Do small UK firms get fair shake in public sector tenders?

Armed with data provided from suppliers and public sector IT bods, the Office of Fair Trading will now launch a probe into the state of the government tech landscape and whether SMEs are getting a fair share. Back in July, the competition watchdog put out a call for information as bids to discover if competition is alive and …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2013
The Register breaking news

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

Official: MoJ IT workers on STRIKE over outsourcing job fears

Back office admin staff working at the MoJ's two Shared Service centres are to down tools next week over fears of job cuts. This follows the department's decision to outsource the work to a business owned by French integrator Steria. Staff at the centres in Newport and Bootle run payroll, personnel and finance for the 90k people …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jun 2014
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New gov rules stick pin into bloated ICT frameworks

Following an internal review of government IT procurement, the Cabinet Office has announced that it has scrapped plans to use some existing ICT frameworks. It has said that government departments will only be able to establish framework agreements in future if they can show it will "explicitly deliver against key strategic needs …
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Jan 2013
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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

Russia and China have both, of late, threatened western IT companies with difficult trading conditions or banishment if they can't prove their products are secure. The reason for their ire is, of course, Edward Snowden's many revelations about US intelligence activities. The response to his leaks have been widespread and fierce …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2014
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DfES to run first procurement review

The Department for Education and Skills is to run a pilot for the new Whitehall Procurement Capability Reviews. The Office of Government Commerce (OGC), which will own the reviews, announced the pilot last week. It will run during March with results being evaluated in April. The Procurement Capability Reviews were initially …
Kablenet, 26 Feb 2007
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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse confirm £3.7bn MEGA-BORG

Dixons Retail and mobile phone shop Carphone Warehouse have confirmed their £3.7bn merger after months of talks, creating one of the biggest retailers in Blighty. Dixons, which already owns Currys and PC World, will combine with the mobe-purveyor to form Dixons Carphone in a 50:50 merger, rather than an acquisition of one side …
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Bankers don't just blow cash on bonuses, they also spaff ££££s on IT

The banking industry - on average - coughed the highest margins for technology in 2013, doubtless indicating that champagne-guzzling fatcats drunk on bonuses were the ones in charge of purchasing. A survey of 200 procurement and ICT managers in 12 sectors with annual budgets over £50k and based on some 150,000 products showed …
Paul Kunert, 28 Apr 2014