From speeds and feeds to per user per month IT in the public sector is changing in a big way. The era of a single huge prime contractor is coming to an end. Clients and suppliers have had 20 years of it, some good, some bad, some doubtlessly terrible. I’m not sure, though, that either party is quite ready for the IT transformation that is coming.
Public sector bodies, both big and small, have been accustomed to year-long procurements, beating down the suppliers on price, seemingly never ending transition periods, costs in the tens and hundreds of millions per year. What do they have to show for it? PCs that take an hour to boot in the morning, downtime that is easier to measure than uptime and a desktop setup that they had at home more than 5 or even 10 years ago.
Now they’re going to be buying in a different way and expecting radically different results. Signs of this new approach are already evident. For instance, over 150 staff in the cabinet office , the very heart of government ,already uses macs, gmail and open office tools. Skeptics will say Continue Reading