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Public Sector IT

Exploring the challenges involved in large-scale IT projects in the public sector.

November 2010

  • EC slapped over open source contract

    Mark Ballard 30 Nov 2010
  • The European Commission has been scolded for wrongdoing over a quasi-open source software system.The European Ombudsman reprimanded the Commission after buying the system without holding a public ...

  • DirectGov spunks £200m

    Mark Ballard 25 Nov 2010
  • Has DirectGov really spent £200m producing websites, Jerry Fishenden, LSE fop, former Microsoft suit, and general man about town, asked last year.

  • EU keeps schtum on Microsoft prices

    Mark Ballard 22 Nov 2010
  • The reason Microsoft's EU numbers don't add up is that the EC has spent only half the total amount it had alloted under its €49m contract for desktop software. But was it a good deal?

  • Open data sop or not

    Mark Ballard 17 Nov 2010
  • Is the public sector really sowing the seeds of its own demise with the open data initiative? Like a swimming pool with no sides, if you let it all go free it may just all go: snapped up by ...

  • Microsoft EU numbers don't add up

    Mark Ballard 11 Nov 2010
  • In the conflict between proprietary software Smaugs like Microsoft and open source hobbits like Linux, money really matters. The open source lobby must therefore have been dismayed to learn that ...

  • Procurement perversities stifle Bristol's IT

    Mark Ballard 05 Nov 2010
  • Thought you'd heard all the obstacles preventing Bristol City Council implementing an IT strategy based on open source and open standards? Now you can hear about one more.

  • Papers please!

    Mark Ballard 01 Nov 2010
  • The House of Lords has been scrapping Identity Cards this last fortnight. Sort of. This ID scrapping bill won't be enough to stop the development of a 'papers please' culture in Britain.