Government meeting IT suppliers to find ways to cut costs

The government is today meeting its top 20 suppliers to negotiate ways of reducing the cost of projects including IT initiatives.

The government is today meeting its top 20 suppliers to negotiate ways of reducing the cost of projects, including IT initiatives.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude is meeting the companies, most of whom are IT suppliers, to find ways of bringing down costs.

The Office of Government Commerce confirmed the following 19 firms will be involved in the discussions:

  • HP
  • BT
  • Capgemini
  • Fujitsu
  • Capita
  • IBM
  • Telereal Trillium
  • Atos Origin
  • CSC
  • Logica
  • Steria
  • Oracle
  • Siemens IS
  • Cable & Wireless
  • Microsoft
  • Accenture
  • Serco
  • G4S
  • Vodafone

In a speech to the think-tank Reform in London on Wednesday, Maude said he will meet with the chief executives of the government's 20 largest suppliers to start "renegotiating with them across everything that they do for government to get the cost down".

Maude said, "The government has not before managed centrally the relationships with the biggest suppliers to government. We have not used the massive collective buying power of the government to drive down the cost of common goods and services."

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