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IT suppliers back coalition government’s IT strategy

Jenny Williams

The IT industry largely supports the new coalition government's IT strategy - including cost cutting, claims a report by analyst firm TechMarketView.

Based on discussions with 19 key IT suppliers in the UK, TechMarketView's report found 82% of respondents agreed with the coalition's IT plans, while 100% of respondents backed the reform of government IT procurement, outsourcing back-office functions and reduced consultancy spend.

TechMarketView's research director and author of the report, Georgina O'Toole, said, "If implemented appropriately, respondents strongly indicated that cost savings could be made in future while protecting front-line public services.

"With recent news of the £1m cap on IT project spend, ICT suppliers are increasingly trying to demonstrate that their services are not just 'another cost to be cut' but that ICT should play a central role in supporting government-wide reform."

Although suppliers generally support the plans, some areas of the strategy are causing concern, particularly wide-scale outsourcing, the reduction in use of consultants and the involvement of more small businesses.

"The government must go further to clarify its position before the key ICT suppliers will fully rubber stamp these proposals, especially on topics such as contract size limit, open source software and the creation of a government 'skunkworks'," O'Toole said.


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