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DfID becomes second ministry to SPURN Cabinet Office IT scheme

Exclusive The Department for International Development is the second Whitehall ministry to shun the Cabinet Office's major back office outsourcing deals, The Register can reveal. The news raises serious questions around the viability of the privately-run shared services centres, both operated by business process outsourcing biz "arvato …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2015
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BIS shuns Steria HR and payroll shared services centre

Exclusive The department for Business, Innovation and Skills has shunned a major outsourcing deal with Steria and the Cabinet Office, embarrassingly citing the costs and risks of the project as "no longer viable". BIS had a contract in place to outsource its finance HR and payroll services to the Steria-run Shared Services Connected Ltd …
Kat Hall, 2 Sep 2015
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Three things you need to break down those company silos

If you’re the guy tasked with breaking down silos, should you be breaking down the people who police those silos first? We explore how to de-mine your team ahead of your brownfield project. I've worked with a number of companies, as both an employee and a contractor, since I started working in IT in the late 1980s. And of …
Dave Cartwright, 18 Jun 2015

MoJ IT workers 'n' pals extend strike action over privatisation

Unionised civil servants at the MoJ have extended strike action over plans to outsource back office functions to a French integrator amid fears of wide-scale job cuts. As revealed first by us last month, members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union voted in favour of industrial level protests over the MoJ's …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2014

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

Oz shared services collapse looks bad for NetApp

Opponents of shared IT services in government have a new case study they can point to, and NetApp's busy executives have another tricky item to consider after a major Australian shared services organisation failed. That agency is CenITex, created in 2008 by the government of Australian state Victoria. CenITex's original vision …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2013
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How to put the data centre back together again

The world of business is becoming faster, more competitive and ever more dependent on IT. Transactions and interactions that used to be handled manually between suppliers, the channel and customers are now largely electronic. Most of the day-to-day operations and communications of the business rely on IT services and any …
Andrew Buss, 18 Dec 2012
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UK.gov's cost-cutting 'shared services' went £500m OVER BUDGET

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has found that five government shared services centres cost a total of £1.4bn to set up, £500m more than expected, and in some cases cost more than the expected saving. In its report on efficiency and reform through shared services, the PAC says that the five centres were expected to have …
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London could face cuts for not sharing services

The London Assembly's budget and performance committee has been told that police, fire and transport authorities that do not share back office services may have their budgets cut. Police, fire and transport organisations that resist sharing services are frustrating progress on Boris Johnson's plans to save £300m annually by …
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UK.gov CIO speaks out on sheep and clouds

The government chief information officer is eating his own dog food by getting involved in a discussion of cloud computing on Google groups. The cloud computing interoperability forum was discussing the implications of plans for government-created nationwide cloud computing - that government departments would use cloud …
John Oates, 19 Jun 2009
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HMRC goes underground to find new tech boss

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has found a new man to head up its IT department, but he won't be starting until September. Phil Pavitt is currently CIO at Transport for London. It emerged late last year that he was under investigation for alleged irregularities in TfL's hiring policies - Pavitt was a non-exec director of a …
John Oates, 2 Jun 2009
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Darling banks on offshoring to save UK plc

Budget 09 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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London Olympics gets IT chief

The organisers of the 2012 Olympics in London have finally named the man who'll be in charge of overspending on implementing its IT strategy. Gerry Pennell will leave his current job as "executive director of business transformation and shared services" [nope, dunno either] at Co-op Financial Services to take charge of IT at …

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