No sacred cows as Microsoft agreement with NHS is dumped

In its bid to cut costs and look at different ways of doing things with IT in the public sector the government has canned an long running agreement with Microsoft.

The Enterprise Agreement, as it is known, covered the software requirements of 800,000 desktops across government.

Apparently the new government doesn’t like national agreements and would prefer it if NHS Trusts made their own decisions about what to buy.

This is an opportunity for alternative suppliers to approach trusts with alternatives to Microsoft.

Could some other major suppliers see their lives made more difficult in the public sector as the new government seeks more value.

I wonder if Francis Maude mentioned this to Microsoft at their recent meeting.

Could the NHS National Project for IT be the next to go, opening up a market that has been dominated by a small group of suppliers?

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