Articles about Procurement

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, 5 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 …
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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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Cut-throat cloud pricing not as cut-throat as you'd think

Cloud providers have taken a leaf out of the budget airlines playbook, with what looks like a suicidal price war masking static pricing on the added value services that customers actually need to run real businesses. But while overall cloud costs are not plunging anywhere near as precipitously as headlines might have you …
Joe Fay, 22 Jul 2015
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Surging US dollar curbs global IT budgets

Global IT spending is projected to fall 5.5 per cent to total $3.5tn in 2015 - but only because of the strong US dollar. Translated into constant currency, the worldwide IT market will grow 2.5 per cent compared with 2014, according to Gartner’s latest IT spending projections. So will US vendors raise prices outside their own …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jun 2015
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Rogue IT is shadow of its former self

“Rogue IT” - the practice of business units secretly sidestepping the IT department to procure their own tech - is in decline. But only because business units are now openly buying their own technology solutions, this time in collaboration with their counterparts in IT. The findings, reported in the June 2015 CompTIA study …
Drew Cullen, 29 Jun 2015
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You need one cloud computing provider - and this is why

Around the turn of the new century some of the larger businesses started to look at the IT systems they had in place, and started to consider if they were strictly core to the business. Did they really need a data centre? While a brave few started to outsource some of their equipment, most decided that yes they did need a data …
Marcus Austin, 12 Jun 2015

SME IT contracts? That's the last thing Whitehall wants – report

Government departments are unenthusiastic about funneling more of their IT biz through SMEs, according to a survey of nearly 1,000 central government IT bods. Only 20 per cent said there is an appetite within their department to procure a higher percentage of technology services from SMEs, found the research from IT trade body …
Kat Hall, 27 May 2015

Watch out for the products that have snuck in behind your back

The mention of shadow IT can produce beads of sweat on the brow of any knowledgeable IT staff member. For those who do not know, the term covers any company systems and services that are not procured by the IT department. The toil and trouble of a single shadow IT occurrence can cause a headache that sticks with the company …
Adam Fowler, 24 Apr 2015

£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

Whitehall mandarins have wasted more than £100m on failed or cancelled IT projects in the last 12 months. That’s according to the Taxpayers’ Alliance, which has collated losses across all departments for 2013 – 2014. The Alliance uncovered £107m lost as projects were scrapped, gains weren’t realized or unnecessary costs were …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2015
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Crims at vendors could crock kit says ENISA

Before you sign on the dotted line to acquire some kit or sign up a service provider, ask the vendor you're considering if any of their staff have criminal records. That's just one of many, many, suggestions made by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), in a new guide to Secure ICT Procurement …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2014

Keep a beady eye on your business's cloud service shopping

If you believe the hype, it is only a question of time before every Tom, Dick and Harriet in your organisation becomes a tech decision maker who can spend your company's money, with the power to do so a mere click away. “Shadow IT”, the term emerging to describe the buying of IT and technology services without any central …
Stuart Burns, 16 Oct 2014

Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

The Chinese government has banned Windows 8 from a sizeable chunk of public-sector PCs – capping off a long-running dispute with Microsoft over the company's decision to cut support for XP. The ban was announced by the government's IT procurement agency in a notice posted online on Friday. It was addressed to vendors bidding …
Jack Clark, 20 May 2014

Scotland Yard defends single supplier IT gig with Insight

London's Metropolitan Police has defended its use of a single supplier procurement standard after it penned a four-year deal with IT hardware outfit Insight, claiming it could yield cost savings of up to ten per cent over the contract's lifetime. The previous buying arrangement that London cops had with SCC under the Sprint ii …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2014

How to shop wisely for the IT department of the future

If your IT department is inefficient it is entirely possible that the responsibility does not properly belong with the nerds who run it. It is human nature to cast about for blame, but chances are the problem of IT cost overruns and project delays lies with the business. An inability to reach the promised "agile" nirvana so …
Trevor Pott, 11 Mar 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, …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2013
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How do you choose your vendors?

Sysadmin blog Part of ranking vendors (and their products) involves attaching a certain level of priority to the different categories you judge them on. Everyone is going to value different elements of a supplier relationship differently, so the items on my list should be considered to be "in no particular order." I leave it as an exercise …
Trevor Pott, 17 Sep 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

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