New government-wide IT strategy to be launched in December?

A new IT strategy expected with the pre-budget report sets out the direction for UK government technology until 2020.

A new government-wide IT strategy could be announced in December.

The strategy will be a refresh of the current Transformational Government programme, according to

The programme is expected to be aligned with new Treasury initiatives and will be published alongside the pre-budget report on 9 December.

The strategy sets out the direction for government ICT until 2020, and will include emphasis on cloud computing, open source, and rationalisation of datacentres. There are also plans for a government "app store", encouraging the reuse of business applications across the public sector.

The programme is said to highlight £500m worth of annual savings, which include spending on IT staff decreasing by 5% a year from 2010.

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