Public Sector IT

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  • 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.

  • Transparency arranged in secret

    Mark Ballard 28 Oct 2010
  • Fancy that. Francis Maude's open data revolution is being conducted in secret. That's fine. Everyone knows power can be handed to the people only once the battle is won on their behalf.

  • ID v2.0 - the ConDem Pitch

    Mark Ballard 22 Oct 2010
  • Want to know how the Identity Scheme will look under the ConDems? Mydex, the company providing the technology for the pilots being run the the DWP, HMRC and Brent, Croydon and Windsor & ...

  • Council CRM to console Osborne's unemployed

    Mark Ballard 22 Oct 2010
  • Never before has IT has played such an important role in budgetary affairs as in austerity Britain. How else could we hope to sack a million workers, ask those few still with jobs to do thrice as ...

  • ID cards are dead, long live ID

    Mark Ballard 18 Oct 2010
  • As the government acts to scrap the identity card scheme, it has already begun work on a replacement. Or working with a replacement, as the case may be. Because the alternative to megalomaniacal ...

  • Moronic networks bolster local CIOs

    Mark Ballard 14 Oct 2010
  • Since the Big Society is the logical consequence of the networked society, it follows also that local government CIOs are among the best placed to make it happen. Encouraging them may be like ...