OGC puts suppliers in their place

Peter Gershon's tenure at the Office of Government Commerce has had a profound effect on the government's various IT roles.

Peter Gershon's tenure at the Office of Government Commerce has had a profound effect on the government's various IT roles.

He pushed through public sector-wide licensing agreements with Microsoft, Oracle, Sun and other major suppliers that substantially cut software costs.

The OGC's Gateway reviews of IT projects has led to considerable improvement in project management of government IT implementations although its lack of regulatory teeth has led for calls for best practice to be made mandatory.

The agency has also galvanised government relationships with its suppliers. After OGC prompting, IT supplier body Intellect developed a code of conduct, part of which encourages suppliers to be realistic on what they can deliver.

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