Archive for August, 2012

Global IT outsourcing spend to exceed $250bn in 2012

August 30th, 2012

This year will see over a quarter of a trillion dollars spent on IT outsourcing globally, but Western European organisations are holding back investments in the uncertain economy, according to the latest research from Gartner.

The analyst company predicted $251.7bn will be invested in IT services in 2012, a 2.1% increase on last year, but spending in Western Europe will fall 1.9% as economic turmoil continues to blight the region. Datacentre outsourcing sales, which represented 34.5% of the market in 2011, will decline by 1% in 2012, the analyst firm predicted.

UK Government saves £249m in IT costs

August 20th, 2012

The government reduced its IT spend by £249m in 2011/12, with savings of £104m coming from its move to digital services and contract renegotiations, and £145m from its moratorium on contracts above £5m.

The Government Digital Service (GDS) saved the Department for Environment and Climate Change £5.1m by building its Green Deal website in-house, and saved Business Link £6.3m in agile project management costs as part of its work on Gov.uk, according to a Cabinet Office spokesman.

The savings were driven by the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG), which was set up in 2010 to apply spending controls to IT contracts, property, marketing, temporary staff and consultancy.

Well done to the UK Government.

Microsoft Windows 8 launching in October 2012

August 10th, 2012

Microsoft has confirmed its Windows 8 operating system (OS) will launch in October 2012. The announcement was made at the company’s worldwide partner conference by Windows CFO Tami Reller.

For those looking to buy a PC or laptop running the current Windows 7 OS, Reller confirmed they would be able to update to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99.

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, said the OS was a key part of what he called the most important year for Microsoft, beating even the founding of the company or the launch of the PC. “This year is really unparalleled,” Ballmer said. “The core of Microsoft is reinventing itself for the modern era. It will be the best year ever.”

Cutting IT legacy costs

August 1st, 2012

Almost 60% of IT executives have a plan in place to retire applications, according to a UK study by Accenture. The survey of 250 IT executives and 250 business executives in companies with 1,000 or more staff found that the amount of IT budget being spent on legacy IT is not as much as some had predicted. Overall, 76% of the executives surveyed said legacy IT accounted for up to 30% of their IT budgets.

Over half of the IT executives surveyed (53%) said cloud computing would allow them to invest in IT without increasing capital expenditure. However, 53% also said they needed to address legacy IT systems which were limiting the agility and flexibility of their IT.