Articles about Public Sector


Public sector IT buyers 'hogtied by mess of red tape'

Blighty's public sector IT bean counters face a bewildering mess of overlapping tech purchasing bureaucracy, channel sources have warned. Three wide-reaching frameworks that direct government tech spending will end up running in parallel into next spring, potentially confusing purse holders. Of the three schemes, one is the £ …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2012
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Europol and Barclays shack up for steamy security shenanigans

EU law enforcement body Europol and Barclays have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise their cooperation in combating cybercrime targeting the financial sector. The agreement establishes a formal means for Europol and Barclays to "exchange strategic information, information on trends, expertise and statistical …

HP’s controversial sales scheme isn't dead, it's just resting. There – it moved!

HP’s controversial Value System Integrator sales programme hasn’t been taken out the back and murdered, contrary to the wishful thinking from some in the channel – but it is being scaled back. The mechanism started in the public sector in the noughties as a way to beat Dell on pricing, by removing distributors from the supply …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2015
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Public sector earning more than private, but less than last month

Public sector workers, even excluding financial services staff, earn more than those in the private sector. Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that average total pay including bonuses in the private sector was £451 a week in July 2010 while in the public sector it was £464. Excluding financial services …
John Oates, 15 Sep 2010
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Digital Services to be killed off early next year, confirms

The Cabinet Office is to rebrand the next iteration of the Digital Services framework that SME suppliers had heavily criticised for being confusing and an administrative burden to qualify for. The agreement, due to go live on the Digital Marketplace in early 2016, is to be called Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS), though …
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2015

Story to write next chapter for Civica Group

Specialist software and outsourced services slinger Civica Group has hired former Capita exec Wayne Story to take charge of the UK sub. Most recently, Story was interim CEO at equity-based plan admin services outfit Equatex, and remains non-exec director at Montagu Private Equity and board chair at recruiter GatenbySanderson …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2015

Nope, there's no money in on-prem software licensing...

Microsoft may be making life harder for enterprise volume licensing resellers but there’s still money to be made from flogging on-premise software in the old way. Just ask Bytes Group. The Surrey-based specialist has filed its results for the year ended 28 February, and they reveal a business whose waistline is expanding from …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2015

Online gov services are mostly time-wasting duplicates, says EU

Sick of repeating the same information every time you need the authorities to help you out? So is the European Commission. According to a new study on eGovernment services, users are still asked to fill in forms with information already available to bureaucrats more than half the time. And if you’re on the move it gets worse – …
Jennifer Baker, 24 Jun 2015

Is Microsoft veteran Edward Hyde heading off to Commvault?

Microsoft veteran Edward Hyde is to leave the organisation after 20 years spent in the big slammer at the company, The Channel can reveal. Hyde joined as distribution account manager in 1995 and subsequently held senior sales positions covering the public sector and enterprise licensing partners customers. Most recently – …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2015
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Gov.UK doubles IT outsourcing to £20bn

Public sector IT outsourcing has doubled over the last six years to be worth £20.7bn in active contracts, The Register can reveal. Since 2008, the average contract size of public sector IT outsourcing deals has remained roughly the same, David Howie, partner at ISG Outsourcing told El Reg. This is despite the government's …
Kat Hall, 03 Nov 2014 launches ONE kit-buying FRAMEWORK to RULE them ALL today opened its long-awaited Digital Marketplace for public sector procurement, which will bring the “confusing” number of frameworks under one roof. As yet the Marketplace is looking rather lonely, with the G-Cloud the only framework on the platform. The next version of the Digital Services framework for “agile” digital …
Kat Hall, 06 Nov 2014
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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is the first major department to move to Google Apps, part of an apparent loosening of Microsoft's stranglehold on the government's software services. The department will join the Cabinet Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in deploying the fluffy white stuff. HMRC …
Kat Hall, 05 Jun 2015
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Laid-off public sector techies better get flexible to survive

Ex-government developers and other tech staff will need to accept the different culture of working in the private sector if they want to find jobs. With this morning's news that the Cabinet Office is set to cull hundreds of government websites and associated staff, the warning comes from one of the UK's leading IT jobs sites. …
John Oates, 25 Jun 2010
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Wee biz sector risks wrath of UK data leak watchdog

Businesses that fail to keep private data secure could be in trouble as the Information Commissioner's Office extends its beady eye beyond breaches in the public sector. Bean counters at Syscap pointed out that with the ICO issuing more warning notices and ramping up its fines, small businesses in particular could be at risk as …
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ANOTHER shake-up at HP Enterprise Services

A mini shake-up of the Enterprise Services (ES) division at HP has seen the role of UK public sector veep Stuart Bladen carved up and shared out among several others. As a result, local public sector selling will fall under the control of Nigel Kirby Green, who is also tzar of HP’s healthcare and life sciences organ. The …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2015
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Open source and the sluggish UK public sector

Workshop Confronting their rapidly shrinking budgets, public sector bean counters must imagine that someone somewhere has been casting Chinese curses about living in interesting times. Because when money gets tight, things sure do get interesting. You would think that at times like these open-source deployments would be the obvious …
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Apr 2011
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ICO tells public sector to respond to Twitter

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has told public authorities with Twitter accounts that they must respond to freedom of information (FoI) requests made via the micro-blogging site. It has said in its July 2011 newsletter that, although Twitter is not an ideal channel for submitting or responding to requests, it "does …
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WOW! BOOM! The Brit server market is back ... in a way, sort of

Brit businesses and local public sector organs are spending on servers again, but it's Dell and Cisco who are mopping up most of this organic goodness. Gartner’s numbers for Q1 are out: shipments grew a little over five per cent year-on-year to around 80k units, and the value of those boxes climbed ten per cent to $549m. This …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2015

Researcher says Australian parliaments have failed to protect privacy for 14 years

Long-time – and by now somewhat despondent – privacy advocate Roger Clarke says successive Australian governments have ignored the privacy impacts of nearly every national security measure passed by parliament since 2001. In this analysis of 72 items of legislation, Clarke finds only around 10 per cent received the normal …
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Public sector cloud looms, but who wants it?

It appeared to fall off the radar for a while, but the plan for the G Cloud has gone back to the top of the government's IT agenda. The intention to create a formal framework for the public sector procure cloud computing services was first floated in the Journey to Digital government paper in April 2009, remained prominent for a …
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EU flings cash from €80bn pot at Seagate-led HPC storage project

+Comment Data storage giant Seagate is launching a SAGE European Exascale HPC project with nine partners to find ways for storage systems to work with exascale compute mills, as part of a multi-billion-dollar EU research and innovation programme. Seagate claims the project will research and redefine data storage in the era of extreme …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2015
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Public IT supplier frameworks aren't baffling – gov organ

Government Procurement Services (GPS) has defended the matrix of monolithic public sector IT purchasing frameworks, claiming purse-holders will figure out where to spend taxpayers' cash. It emerged this week that the forthcoming £4bn IT Hardware & Services framework, due to go live on 1 June, will run in parallel with two other …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2012

Unsurprising report: UK local govt sites remain totally crap

Although tech is often characterised as a fast-paced industry, in local government IT change happens at more glacial speeds, at least according to a report on the councils' websites. A study by public sector organisation the Society of Information Technology Management (SOCITM) found local authority websites have "failed to …
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2015

Outsourcing tanker CSC sales growth torpedoed

Leaky outsourcing tanker CSC saw sales growth drift off on the horizon for yet another quarter – the first of its fiscal 2016 – but the services slinger is back in the black, without the help of tax benefits. The fact CSC slashed costs and expenses by nearly half a billion dollars had nothing to do with bottom line beefiness, …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2015
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Network Services delayed AGAIN. Suppliers: Oh FFS

It is week 40 of the Network Services framework tender and suppliers are still in the dark about the cause of the latest delay - which means nobody knows who's made the cut and who hasn't. A prior information notice for the framework, estimated to be worth between £100m and £2bn over four years, was published in July and a …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jun 2015
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Change to sustain public sector ICT spend

Public sector investment on ICT is set to remain steady over the next five years in the face of the government's spending cuts. New research by Kable shows that efforts to save costs in other areas and a redesign of many services will ensure that spending to support these will offset cuts in other areas. UK public sector ICT …
Kable, 27 Jan 2011

Bad news, IT bods: UK's tech outsourcing up 15% last year

IT outsourcing contracts agreed in 2014 totalled £3.44bn in value, with nearly a third of that value accounted for by deals struck in the energy and utilities sector. Those deals were worth £1.05bn and accounted for most of the 187 per cent year-on-year rise in the sector on £373 million spent on all outsourcing deals in the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Feb 2015
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Hold on to your hats people, the MoD's found the cloud

The Ministry of Defence has inked the single largest Microsoft Enterprise Agreement across the public sector, designed to gradually shift users to the cloud, specifically Office 365. The EA was tendered under Lot 2 of the Technology Products agreement, a framework that kicked off in November last year, and Comparex beat …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2015

Cabinet Office unveils Public Services Network suppliers list

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that 12 out of 16 bidders made it onto the Public Services Network (PSN) framework. The pan-government agreement – a brainchild of the previous administration – is made up of managed telecoms services to "ease collaboration and communication" between various public sector departments. Suppliers …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2012

Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

Former HP CEO and current presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina says Apple and Google should just hand user information over to government investigators. Speaking Thursday at the Republican party's presidential debates, Fiorina said companies should be more willing to cooperate with requests from federal investigators to produce …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Aug 2015
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And so it begins... Cleaning up HMRC's £10.7bn Aspire mess

HMRC is to follow the lead set by the Met Police by setting up a private company to run elements of the tech estate that currently fall under the scope of the failing multi-billion pound Aspire contract. This is the first step HMRC is taking to replace Aspire – the largest single tech contract in UK public sector, which it is …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2015
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UK public-sector union DDoS'd

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union says that its website has been under sustained cyberattack for the past five days. A statement on the union's site, which is running slowly at time of writing, said on Monday that the union "has been experiencing ongoing severe technical problems that have affected some visitors' …
Team Register, 16 May 2011
Parliament in the clouds Just one in three G Cloud suppliers have won ANY business

The majority of tech suppliers on G Cloud haven’t seen a penny of taxpayers cash – not a bean – according to official figures on government spending. The sixth iteration of G Cloud is now live on the Digital Marketplace, introduced at the start of this month with 1,453 companies touting for business, up 15 per cent on the …
Paul Kunert, 18 Feb 2015
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NetApp decreasing in mass as top exec exits for Catholic Uni role

NetApp’s SVP for Americas Sales and its president of US public sector sales, Mark Weber, has left the company, taking up a position at the Washington-based Catholic University of America, a higher education institution founded by the US bishops. Thomas Stanley, currently SVP for Global Partner Sales and Alliances has stepped …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2015
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Value of European outsourcing deals plummets

The number of mega outsourcing deals shrank by 25 per cent in Europe for the first quarter of 2015, with just 128 contracts, valued at €1.9 billion (£1.4 billion), according to outsourcing analysts Information Services Group (ISG). David Howie, a partner at ISG, said the figures reflect a trend toward smaller deals, although " …
Kat Hall, 24 Apr 2015
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Microsoft: You want on-prem wares, We'll make you pay

Government departments will pay up to 47 per cent more for the pleasure of using Microsoft desktop software under a volume licensing programme that is months away from launch. The latest Public Sector Agreement (PSA ’12) between Microsoft and Crown Commercial Services is set to expire on 30 April, and will not be replaced with a …
Paul Kunert, 24 Feb 2015

Civica splashes the cash on 'good fit' Web Technologies

Public sector IT outfit Civica has gobbled up IT services minnow Web Technologies Group for what is thought to be approximately £10m. Simon Downing, chief exec of Civica, said the deal will extend Civica's capability in central government. Meanwhile, James Steventon, chief executive of WTG, said having "the backing of Civica …
Kat Hall, 09 Sep 2015

Police, firefighters, ambulances, hospitals: 20 per cent still rely on Win Server 2003

Exclusive One in every five public-sector health and emergency services organisations in the UK will still be running Windows Server 2003 after Microsoft ends extended support today. A Reg investigation of 33 hospitals, ambulance trusts, police and fire and rescue services found that many are still running Windows Server 2003 on a lot …

Interoute slips ring on cloudy hosting rival Easynet

Euro-bit-barn-operator-cum-cloud-hosting-provider Interoute is to wolf down pan-regional managed services outfit Easynet for £402m, including debts. The transaction, which is subject to certain closing conditions, is all about cross-selling products and services to the firms’ respective bases of enterprise, public sector and …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2015

Reseller SCC slurps up 'minority' stake in SIPCOM

Rigby Group, the parent of Midlands-based tech dynasty SCC, has acquired a minority stake in hosted voice and unified comms-as-a-service outfit SIPCOM. SCC chief James Rigby previously told us in March that customers are shifting from legacy PBXs to a hosted service, and that he intended to buy his way into the market to fill …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2015

G-Cloud framework's latest booster has Allott to give

Stephen Allott, the man whose job it was to persuade government IT types to spend more with small businesses, will now try to convince civil servants to learn to love the G-Cloud framework from his new office. Allott was Crown Rep for SMEs in the Cabinet Office for more than four years, but the former barrister will work on "G …
Kat Hall, 21 Aug 2015
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Fingers crossed! Half a trillion quid in public cash entrusted to ageing gov IT

Nearly half a trillion pounds in tax and other revenues lining the UK government's coffers every year are processed by decades-old IT systems - and the National Audit Office is worried. The auditors, who this week published fresh research [PDF] on public-sector tech, estimated that £480bn of government revenue relied on legacy …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2013
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Ex-G-Cloud bigwig Chant weighs in on GDS' framework rebrand

Former G-Cloud head Chris Chant has entered the growing row over the status of the framework under the UK's Government Digital Service (GDS), criticising its decision to ditch a brand "that has won hearts and minds". Last week, the GDS moved the @G_Cloud_UK Twitter handle to the Digital Marketplace platform @GOVUKdigimkt, in …
Kat Hall, 26 Jan 2015

Berlin pours bucket of flat beer on Patriot missile hack report

Hackers hijacked German Patriot missiles stationed in Turkey on the Syrian border, according to reports since rebutted by the Government. The extraordinary claims suggest attacks were detected when "unexplained" orders were given to the weapons through two supposed weak spots. Germany's Defence Department told Die Welt says …
Darren Pauli, 08 Jul 2015
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Just WHO is hiring a 'Cloud Transformation Director' for £162,000? Actually YOU are

HMRC is advertising for a "cloud transformation director" at a salary of up to £162,000 per year, as part of a bid to claw its IT back from Capgemini. The government is looking at ways to wriggle out of its mega £10.7bn Aspire contract with Capgemini by 2017, which underpins its collection of £500bn in tax each year. Around …
Kat Hall, 08 Sep 2015

Microsoft opens Azure cloud to US govt for vid surveillance, etc

At its Cloud for Government Summit in Washington DC on Tuesday, Microsoft declared its cloud good enough for government work, announcing general availability of Microsoft Azure Government. Specifically, its target customers are in the US public sector, with Redmond pitching its cloudy offerings to federal, state, and local …
Neil McAllister, 09 Dec 2014

Unisys halts and catches fire: Mainframe builder dives into the red

Mainframe maker Unisys plunged into the red during its second quarter of 2015, posting losses of $58.2m (£37.6m). The losses quadrupled compared with its second quarter in 2014, when the biz dropped $12.1m over the three-month period. Overall revenues dropped five per cent to $765m (£494m). Nevertheless, chief exec Peter …
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2015

CSC picks up axe, takes aim at its own profitable bits

CSC confirmed last night it is to split the US public sector biz from the rest of the group – the only division last quarter where sales aren’t dropping and which generates the highest operating profit. As expected, the hard-pressed integrator is to hive off the operation into a separately listed company, with sales of $4.1bn …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2015

Microsoft lays financial bear trap for cloud sceptics

Microsoft’s 'cloud first' mantra has teeth and it is crunching those gnashers down on the amount of money that old-world channel types can make from classic on-premise licensing. Financial rewards are the best way to shape the behaviour of salespeople and the company bosses that govern them – a path well trodden by Microsoft …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2015
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The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit

The UK’s National Health Service is paying through the nose for low-tech gear, including cables and USB flash drives, according to a poll of IT buyers. The health service came out on top in the league of prosperous procurements across 20 industry sectors, with one head admitting to coughing a margin of 920 per cent above trade …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jun 2015