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Police drones, robo surgeons and chatbot civil servants. What could go wrong?

A think tank is calling for hundred-of-thousands of UK public sector jobs to be automated. Blighty should also take a look at using drones for policing, apparently. The report, Work in progress. Towards a leaner, smarter public-sector workforce [PDF], by centre-right wonkers Reform reckons up to 250,000 state employees in …
Kat Hall, 6 Feb 2017
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UK.gov is doing sod all to break £20bn of locked-in IT contracts

Analysis If IT wasn't perceived to be such a boring topic by Joe Public, the amount the government still spends on expensive clunky technology would be viewed as a national scandal. Across the entire public sector the annual figure has been pegged at around £20bn. No one knows for sure. As long as Whitehall's money is locked into …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2016

Met cops shop for £150m IT system. Must have: Data centre ops

London's Met Police is seeking a supplier for a 10-year contract for an integrated IT system worth up to £150m in its latest attempt to update its clunky technology. That system is intended to be a commercial off-the-shelf solution that will boost coppers' operational policing via a system that manages all their end-to-end …
Kat Hall, 11 Apr 2016

UK.gov will scrutinise all its Atos contracts following IT cock-up

The government is to cast a critical eye over all its contracts with Atos – worth £696m per year – after MPs urged the Cabinet Office to review its relationship with the outsourcer following an IT failure last year. A report by the Public Accounts Committee in December singled out Atos as having failed to show "an appropriate …
Kat Hall, 7 Mar 2016
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise axing services techies again

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is ditching techies at its Lytham site who provide infrastructure services for public sector clients, including the Department for Work & Pensions. According to the Public & Commercial Services (PCS) union, HPE has put 166 employees in the infrastructure technology outsourcing business at risk of …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2016
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Kent Council cheerily flings about £100m at managed services bods

Kent County Council and two other local authorities are on a mission to splash between £50m and £100m on a mega outsourcing gig with managed services providers. The four-year contract is to be awarded to five suppliers for "the outsourcing of day-to-day management responsibilities and functions" and is part of council plans to …
Kat Hall, 22 Jan 2016
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NHS IT projects worth £5bn at 'high risk' of failure, warns HSCIC

The NHS currently has £5bn in IT projects deemed at “high risk of failure”, according to the latest board minutes from the Health & Social Care Information Centre. The ratings (PDF) are based on gateway reports assessing the risk of four IT projects this year. All are related as “red” or “amber/red” meaning successful …
Kat Hall, 8 Dec 2015

Capita increases share of public sector revenue to measly £1.8bn

Capita slurped up £1.8bn in public sector spending last year, a 12 per cent increase on the previous year, according to research from analysts TechMarketView. Overall the top 20 suppliers of software and services to the public sector fared better than previous years, posting overall revenue of £10.7bn, an increase of three per …
Kat Hall, 26 Nov 2015

UK.gov wants a cloud wizard at £1,000 a DAY. That's more than the prime minister's salary

The government is hiring an IT cloud director at a cool £1,000 per day, for a bod proficient in Microsoft cloud systems – and just about every other form of enterprise IT. The advert did not specify which department it was advertising for. However, at £1,000 per day over a six month period, that comes to a total of £150,000; …
Kat Hall, 23 Sep 2015
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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

Administrator tries to squeeze blood out of Stone Computers' parent

Exclusive Senior execs at financially strapped Stone Computers Ltd (SCL) have bid £28.43m to buy the business in a pre-packaged sale after placing the parent company Stone Bidco into administration. But under pre-pack regs, administrator Duff & Phelps has to allow 45-days for someone else to make a rival offer and Stone founder and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2015
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Never mind the redundancies as Capita splashes cash on Barrachd

Everyone's favourite outsourcer Capita has snapped up business intelligence outfit and IBM VAR Barrachd for an undisclosed pile of cash. The 38-strong Scottish biz develops bespoke BI software in the financial services, energy, and higher education sectors. Barrachd was founded in 2007 and its name means "more" in Gaelic – a …
Kat Hall, 9 Jul 2015
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Warning flags were raised over GDS farm payments system – yet it still failed

The scrapped Common Agricultural Policy IT system was flagged as being at risk of failing by a government project watchdog last year, due to the “inherent high risk" of the showcase digital project. In March the digital interface of the £154m project to provide CAP payments to farmers was scrapped in an embarrassing U-turn, …
Kat Hall, 26 Jun 2015
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UK.gov spaffed billions into IT projects at 'high risk of failure' last year

The British government blew £2.5bn on a number of IT projects flagged at high risk of failure in 2014/15, a Register analysis of the Major Project Authority annual report into big government programmes can reveal. The lifetime cost of all those IT projects is almost £36bn. The annual report on the status of 188 big projects …
Kat Hall, 26 Jun 2015
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Take that NATS! Jocko IT is also totally rubbish. BOOM!

Scottish nationalists have a lot more in common with their Sassenach cousins than they'd like to admit, with both nations seemingly equally crap at IT. A report by the country's spend watchdog Audit Scotland found the government "Continue[s] to encounter difficulties" in managing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) …
Kat Hall, 19 Jun 2015

French outsourcer Atos fattens revenues on UK public sector

French outsourcer Atos posted bumper profits int its first quarter, mainly buoyed by the UK public sector deals. Revenue rose 17.6 per cent to €2.4bn (£1.7bn), compared with the same quarter last year. The UK was the biggest market for the outsourcer, growing 15 per cent to €511m (£367m) compared with the same quarter last …
Kat Hall, 22 Apr 2015

Outsourcery wins first G-Cloud deal, justifies spot on SME panel

It only took almost 20 months to win any business via G-Cloud’s online services catalogue but Outsourcery has finally signed a deal. It was getting a little embarrassing for the cloudy outfit, whose co-CEO Piers Linney sits on a Gov.uk SME panel set up to advise fellow small biz owners on how to snare Gov.uk contracts. The …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2015

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

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