OFT questions anti-competitive government IT practices

OFT questions anti-competitive government IT practices

If market conditions weren't hard enough for System Integrators now the Office for Fair Trading (OFT) has got in on the act infering anti-competitive practices exist that act as barriers to entry for all but a handful of major IT suppliers. The barriers to entry cited inclue the costs and difficulties of switching because of factors such as the terms of licence agreements / contracts; lack of interoperability with other systems / software and the risk of disruption to critical services.

The OFT project will also examine the degree to which procurement practices interact with supply side anti-competitive practices and whether they could create additional barriers to entry in public sector ICT markets. Cited procurement processes that could be creating barriers to entry in various ways include:-

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MOJ re-tenders EUD procurement with SME focus

MOJ re-tenders EUD procurement with SME focus

Only weeks after cancelling the EUD procurement  the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is to go out to tender again but this time, however, the procurement will have a much stronger small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) involvement, the MoJ says.

The pre-tender just issued by the MoJ ICT Procurement team 'for the provision of various ICT devices and services including consulting, software development, internet, computing, application maintenance and support' says that suppliers should note that the MoJ is likely to run a number of different procurement exercises for the services, starting on different dates.

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Skyscrape win Home Office DBS PaaS contract

Skyscrape win Home Office DBS PaaS contract

Skyscrape announced this week that they have been awarded a contract by the Home Office to provide Cloud PaaS for the Disclosure Barring Service. The contract was awarded via GCloud and is reported to be valued at £1.5m per annum.

This award is significant as it is one of the first sizeable infrastructure/hosting contracts to be awarded through GCloud. It also demonstrates SMEs have a real role to play bringing to market innovative offers that offer's government departments and agencies value for money.

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Memset win contract to host the GCloud's CloudStore

Memset win contract to host the GCloud's CloudStore

The Cabinet Office have announced Memset a UK IT hosting company and IL2 accredited IaaS provider to host the G-Cloud's new CloudStore website.

The G-Cloud team is leading by example by working with smaller businesses like Memset, while fellow UK SME Redbox Digital were also chosen to be part of the team that designed and built the site.

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GCloud spend breakdown by numbers

GCloud spend breakdown by numbers

Spend by GCloud amounts to circa £18m to date. In the spirit of transparency the Cabinet Office release data related to this spend at GCloud sales information. An interesting analysis and breakdown of this spend has been conducted by Andy Powell who is head of research at Eduserv.

Andy Powell's analysis can be found at this site. He concludes the following:

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