Government determined to embrace smaller IT suppliers


Government determined to embrace smaller IT suppliers

Simon Quicke
Smaller channel suppliers should have a chance to get a greater slice of government IT orders as the coalition reveals it is determined to open up the supplier process.

The Cabinet Office has published a strategy document that outlines the approach the government is going to take over IT admitting that in the past there had been "significant failings" with the way projects were handled.

"We want government ICT to be open: open to the people and organisations that use our services; and open to any provider - regardless of size," the strategy document stated.

Having identified the problems, which also include over capacity data centres, lack of shared resources and a need to move to more open shared systems, Francis Maude put together a list of steps it plans to take to rectify the situation.

It not only includes opening up the procurement process but also "creating a level playing field for open source software" and will "impose compulsory open standards, starting with interoperability and security".

There will also be a public sector app store and it will "create a presumption against projects having a lifetime value of more than £100 million".

The move to encourage open source adoption across the public sector got a thumbs up from those that have been battling to get a wider acceptance of the software.

"Clearly, the Government are looking at every opportunity to reduce waste and improve efficiency across all departments and I have long advocated the use of open source software to help meet these targets," said Bertrand Diard, CEO and cofounder of Talend.

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