Suppliers to government make IT cost-cutting pledge

IT suppliers have offered to cut the cost of IT programmes by 20% over the next four years, in return for the government speeding up procurement times and agreeing to more standardisation.

IT suppliers have offered to cut the cost of IT programmes by 20% over the next four years, in return for the government speeding up procurement times and agreeing to more standardisation.

The deal has been brokered by board of government chief information officers, chaired by Joe Harley chief information officer at the Department of Work and Pensions.

The signatories include Accenture, Atos Orgin, BT, Cap Gemini, Capita, Cable & Wireless, CSC, EDS, Fujitsu, IBM, Logica and Siemens Business Services, the Financial Times reported.

Harley said that government departments over specified systems, asked for too much customisation,  took too long to procure systems, and failed to learn from the experience of other government departments.

At the same time, the operational performance of suppliers needed to improve, and suppliers need to agree a standard methodology, to allow their performance to be measured across different government departments, he said.

The agreement could cut billions of pounds from the £14bn that central government spends on IT each year.


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