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Public sector urged to change attitude to IT to deliver change

Simon Quicke

Talk of capping salaries and keeping an eye on public sector costs in the Autumn Statement have provoked calls from the channel for more use of technology to save money and smaller suppliers to deliver efficiencies.

The response to the Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement was swift with some advice for him to change the way the public sector buys and uses technology the key themes.

Bindi Bhullar, director at HCL Technologies, said  that cutting costs might address the current problems but did nothing to deal with why that situation had come about.
 
"By freezing public sector pay and reforming public sector pensions in a bid to cutting costs, the government is ignoring the fact that every year, millions are lost through the award of fat contracts to brand name suppliers, and ignoring those who can deliver the same services more efficiently, and for a fraction of the cost," he said.
 
"If the public sector is to truly arrest this country's economic decline and inject new impetus into both the private and public sector, it must open up its procurement processes even further to give smaller, providers the opportunity to deliver these services," he added.

Jim Shaw, managing director EMEA at Acquia, said that there needed to be a change in the attitude the public sector had towards technology and a wider appreciation of the benefits it could deliver.

"With a tough economic climate and challenging deficit reduction targets to meet, the Government needs to look towards more collaborative and innovative technology solutions if it wants to deliver more efficient public services, for less," he said.

 
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