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  • Oracle partners drool over juicy £750m ERP Framework

    Oracle channel partners are gearing up for a mega software and shared services framework worth up to £750m over three years via the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

    A Prior Information Notice was released last week and covers the upgrade of ERP platforms including business intelligence and enterprise data warehousing, as well as services such as maintenance and hosting.

    The FCO said that it intends to put together a sales agreement for the "provision of Oracle ERP development, delivery and support services" for its users and others across central government.

  • Government pledges allegiance to smaller IT suppliers

    The Cabinet Office has pledged to consider smaller, more innovative companies when looking at government IT spending in the future, following a National Audit Office (NAO) report which claims Whitehall is making "a good start" at saving money. The government claims that last year it saved £410m on its ICT spend, and is set to save a further £200m by the end of March this year.

  • Becta dismisses accusations of wasted millions

    The British Education and Communications Agency (Becta), tasked by the government with organising IT in schools, has dismissed an independent report claiming that over £200m of government funds have been wasted under its watch. The British Education and Communications Agency (Becta), tasked by the government with organising IT in schools, has dismissed an independent report claiming that over £200m of government funds have been wasted under its watch. The report by Sirius, an open source consultant, accuses Becta of not properly monitoring e-Learning Credits (eLCs), funds available to school
  • 200m unaccountable in school ICT procurement

    Becta cannot account for over 200m of taxpayer’s money spent on software for schools according to data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

    The quango set up to monitor ICT in schools is unable to account for over 200m of taxpayer’s money spent on software for schools according to a recently published report.

  • Computers in schools are an environmental time-bomb

    UK schools are producing 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide and spending over £100 million every year on electricity a report published today claims.

    The study, by Open Source consultancy Sirius Corporation, adds that the Goverment's target of interactive whiteboard in every classroom and a computer for every pupil will increase school's power consumption ten fold within the next decade.