Archive for September, 2011

UK Government claims £450m in ICT savings

September 24th, 2011

Francis Maude’s “no stone unturned” cost-cutting drive has led to £450m savings across government ICT in past ten months, the Cabinet Office claims.

It saved £300 million by “applying greater scrutiny to our ICT expenditure” , the department said in a statement, adding the government departments had stopped or reduced their spend on low value ICT projects. The other £150 million was stripped out of 2010/11 budgets for major government projects, either halting or pruning spending.

The £450 million total is part of an overall government saving of £3.75 billion since May 2010.

These are significant numbers, but are they real?

Silver Bullet Associates has been knocking on central governments door offering our services to save the tax payer money, but it seems they don’t like independent scrutiny of their ICT costs as our overtures to help have been ignored time and again.

So come on Mr Maude, let us “turn a few stones” for you and let’s see what we can find!

Faclities giant ISS moves IT infrastructure to Atos’ cloud.

September 17th, 2011

Site management company moves its UK-based IT infrastructure into a dedicated cloud environment, dropping incumbent IT services provider CSC.

The UK division of Danish facilities management giant ISS has signed a five-year IT infrastructureoutsourcing contract with Atos. The deal will see ISS move its UK-based IT infrastructure onto Atos’ Sphere cloud platform. This means it will be hosted in Atos’ data centres and charged for on a “pay for use” basis.

All of ISS’s infrastructure and applications (excluding email, which is based on Microsoft’s cloud-based service) will be hosted on dedicated servers, with shared network, storage and backup systems, an Atos spokesperson told Information Age. ISS will also use Atos’ managed desktop service, Adaptive Workplace.

Atos is displacing IT services provider CSC, with whom ISS signed a global IT outsourcing deal in 2003.

Tesco signs eight-year deal to use Microsoft products and services

September 7th, 2011

Tesco has signed an eight-year software licensing and services deal with Microsoft aimed at helping improve the retail giant’s global productivity and international growth. As part of the agreement, Microsoft will provide the latest versions of its products and services to Tesco’s head offices, stores, distribution and datacentres, including Windows, Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, System Center, BizTalk and SQLServer. The deal also includes consultancy services under Microsoft’s Enterprise Strategy programme.

Tesco plans to create a new global collaboration platform by deploying SharePoint, Exchange and Lync as part of its strategy to grow internationally, expanding its retail services, including banking, online and mobile. “Putting innovative technology in the hands of its customers, staff and suppliers will allow Tesco to get closer to its goals of multi-channel retailing and meeting people’s needs as they change,” said Tesco in a statement. Bill Gonzalez, general manager for worldwide distribution and services sector at Microsoft, said the agreement will change the way Tesco connects internally and with its customers.

But is it a good idea to sign such a long term agreement for desk-based versions of software in the light of the developing Cloud market, which includes Microsoft’s own Office 365 Cloud offering?