Archive for December, 2009

Merry Christmas

December 21st, 2009

Merry Christmas to all our clients and to anyone involved in IT Procurement. Let’s hope 2010 is a better year for businesses everywhere. Budget cuts and financial squeezes have affected everyone this year and many are still struggling. So let’s all be positive that 2010 brings with it new found optimism and a genuine economic recovery. We have saved a lot of money for our clients this year and we plan on helping even more businesses save even more in 2010. As the TESCO adverts say, ‘every little helps’.

Government IT strategy

December 14th, 2009

A leaked document setting out the government’s IT strategy for the next five years is “complacent” and lacks ambition, the Conservatives say. The paper details plans to save billions through greater use of social media and innovations such as an online “apps store” for civil servants. The document, entitled Government ICT Strategy: New World, New Challenges, sets out how the government plans to harness computer technology to save cash and improve public services up to 2015. The bulk of the planned savings – £1.6bn – will come from the development of a government “cloud infrastructure” – a way of pooling computer systems which is meant to cut costs and energy consumption. The government plans to launch a prototype of what it calls the “G cloud” early next year, with a standard model to be introduced by the end of 2010. The document also outlines plans to develop 10 to 12 strategic data centres, which it says will bring together “existing public data centres into highly secure and resilient facilities”, which it claims will save £300m a year and cut power consumption by 75%.

According to the Conservatives, the report fails in its aim of showing how the government can get to grips with the “systemic failures in public sector IT procurement over the past decade,” such as the “calamitous” NHS database. Let’s hope that whoever is in Government over the next 5 years spends our taxes more wisely than has been the case in the last 5 years.

SAP delays support price increase

December 7th, 2009

Enterprise software vendor SAP has postponed the introduction of a controversial, more expensive support package, named Enterprise Support, until next year. The announcement shortly follows the resignation of two user group representatives from the project evaluating whether Enterprise Support would benefit customers. SAP announced in 2008 that Enterprise Support – which costs 22% of license fees annually, up from 17% in the current standard package – would be mandatory for all customers. A backlash from users forced the company to postpone the support plan until it could prove that the more expensive plan would benefit its customers.