Government could save £3.2 billion in IT spend

The government could save £3.2 billion from its IT expenditure, around a fifth of its total spending on IT, according to a new report published this week.

Much of that saving would result from improving public sector IT procurement practices to ensure that it gets better value for money.

Martin Read, who was CEO of IT services provider Logica for 14 years, led the Operational Efficiency Programme’s investigation into government IT operations. That programme’s new report advocated IT management techniques such as benchmarking analysis and internal comparisons of IT spend.

It also recommended tighter governance of IT projects to ensure that they are delivered on time and within budget. That requires greater executive involvement, it argued. “Departmental CIOs should actively endorse all IT-enabled change projects,” the report said.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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