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Public sector buyers starting to react to prospect of cuts

Simon Quicke

The public sector is starting to react to the numerous messages they have been bombarded with in the last few months about using IT to work more efficiently.

The public sector is braced for big cuts regardless of which colour rosette is hung on number 10 after the election as the government looks to claw back its debts.

One of the suggested answers, to avoid losing jobs, is to use IT more efficiently to make government departments, schools, the NHS and services like the police work more effectively.

Speaking to MicroScope, Scott Haddow, CEO at Trustmarque, said that it had seen a change in the sorts of queries being posed by its numerous public sector customers.

"They want to get much more from their IT and a rip and replace option wouldn't work," he said.

"They are being a lot more innovative in the past they might have asked what they could do to be price effective but now it's about what they can do to be more effective," he added.

Haddow said that there were opportunities to make a quick impact using technology to improve processes and deliver efficiencies: "A lot of software has been deployed that is not being implemented properly."

Research last month from TechMarketView indicated that most areas of the public sector were tipped for cuts with education and health coming off better than central government and the police.


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