Small, cheap, open source and off-the-shelf IT is what the government wants

The Telegraph has reported on comments made by Cabiet Minister Francis Maude, when speaking to the CEOs of the government’s big IT suppliers.

He talked about reducing the size of deals and opening up the sector to more suppliers. He also talks about using off-the-shelf technology and open source software. Of course we all knew this, but it is always good to have it reaffirmed. Especially when it is coming from politicians.

No more easy margins is the message. Maude is reported to have said: “The days of the mega IT contracts are over, we will need you to rethink the way you approach projects, making them smaller, off the shelf and open source where possible.

“We will expect you to be transparent in all your dealings with us and for the terms of the contracts we sign with you to go up online.”

Click here for the full Telegraph story.

The private sector is has been moving away from mega-deals for years and this is currently accelerating.

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