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CSC beefs up public sector biz with $390m merger deal

Soon-to-be split CSC is merging its government services biz with US public sector IT outfit SRA for $390m (£254m). The acquisition will add around $1.4bn (£911m) in revenue and 5,000 staff to CSC's public-sector outfit, creating combined annual sales of $5.5bn (£3.6bn) and a workforce of nearly 19,000 employees. Mike Lawrie, …
Kat Hall, 01 Sep 2015

French outsourcer Atos fattens revenues on UK public sector

French outsourcer Atos posted bumper profits int its first quarter, mainly buoyed by the UK public sector deals. Revenue rose 17.6 per cent to €2.4bn (£1.7bn), compared with the same quarter last year. The UK was the biggest market for the outsourcer, growing 15 per cent to €511m (£367m) compared with the same quarter last year …
Kat Hall, 22 Apr 2015
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'Tough' UK public sector blamed in BT sales hiccup

Sales dropped 2 per cent to £17.85bn for telco giant BT's full-year results announced today, while profits increased 12 per cent to £3.17bn compared with the previous year. The company primarily blamed its drop in sales on the foreign exchange market, while attributing the profit boost to an efficiency and cost-cutting programme …
Kat Hall, 07 May 2015

UK public sector biz keeps French giant Atos buoyant

Sales at French outsourcing giant Atos rose 5.1 per cent to €9.1bn (£5.9bn) for its full-year 2014, buoyed by UK public sector spend. Net income was €283m (£183m), up a respectable nine per cent from the previous year. However, the firm said when currency exchange was taken into account, sales dropped 1.1 per cent on last year …
Kat Hall, 19 Feb 2015
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Blackberry touts UNCERTIFIED 'secure' slab in hunt for public sector biz

CeBIT 2015 Blackberry unveiled what it claimed was a "high-security tablet" in Hannover on Saturday – even though the device awaits approval from Germany's infosec agency. The vendor showed off its latest product – dubbed SecuTABLET, which is based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 – at the annual CeBIT trade show. Blackberry said in a …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Mar 2015

Microsoft and Oracle are 'not your trusted friends', public sector bods

Software providers such as Microsoft and Oracle are aggressively targeting public sector customers with licence "audit reviews" in a bid to plug falling subscription revenue, according to research. Over one-third of the 436 councils surveyed across the UK have been subject to at least one software licence review in the last 20 …
Kat Hall, 27 Mar 2015
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Serco CEO Soames brags about £250m sale of BPO private sector biz

Scandal-hit Serco has finally resold its private-sector business process outsourcing (BPO) division to the previous private equity owner Blackstone for £250m, equating to a loss of £165m. The division consists of middle and back-office skills across customer contact, transaction and financial processing, as well as related …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2015

First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

Exclusive The public sector is committing millions of pounds of tax fraud by incorrectly claiming money back on IT services which are not VAT recoverable. Under VAT rules, government bodies can claim back 20 per cent of the price of IT services that are managed by a large provider, as well as bespoke custom-made software. Money spent on …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2015

Capita gobbles up more public sector pie

Controversial outsourcing goliath Capita has been handed yet another slice of the public sector pie – having bagged a joint venture with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs expected to generate £700m. Capita will acquire a 75 per cent stake in the running of the department's Food and Environment Research …
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2015
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XMA back on its feet after 2011 public sector knockdown

XMA staged a top line recovery in calendar 2012 as it reduced its reliance on the public sector by drumming up more business with commercial customers. The Nottingham-based reseller upped revenues by 5.1 per cent in the year - to £122m from £116m in 2011 - but this was still short of the £140m turnover it racked up back in 2010 …
Paul Kunert, 12 Apr 2013
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Don't be afraid of our e-tool, public sector, CloudStore won't bite

Nearly two years into the CloudStore experiment and the government is still working out ways to motivate more public sector tech procurement heads to actually use the e-tool. As the end of January, a total of £92.6m has been transacted via the web catalogue that now includes an eye-watering 13,000 services from nearly 1,900 …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2014

Crumbs, we're going to lose that public sector bid - Jeeves, send for the lawyers

The number of complaints raised by businesses over the awarding of public sector contracts has more than doubled over the last year, according to new figures. According to data released by the Cabinet Office following a freedom of information request by Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind, business complaints about …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Jul 2013

Debt hangs heavy on Stone: Yes we make PCs. For the public sector

Stone Computers would appear to be caught between a, er, rock and a hard place: it specialises in building PCs for the public sector, both areas of industry that have fallen on hard times of late. The general PC market has been in continual decline since the second half of 2010 and austerity measures brought in by the coalition …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2013

Public sector 2 YEARS behind biz on cloud adoption - suppliers

Public sector adoption of the cloud is some two years behind the private sector and suppliers, as well as government, need to up their game to raise awareness. Just £2.7m was finally spent by government IT bods on the first iteration of of its cloud computing framework - G-Cloud - indeed it seems a shift away from traditional …
Paul Kunert, 22 Nov 2012

Big 20 cash hoovers: Slurp. Floop. Darn. Sluurrrp. Where's our public sector IT dosh?

Half of the top 20 software and IT services (SITS) suppliers to saw their public sector biz decline last year as Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and his merry band of axemen waged war on the oligopoly. The names on the list collated by TechMarketView remains unchanged on a year ago but the proportion of revenues …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2014
Kindle Big Brother wants public sector to rip up data protection law

The British government is in the preliminary stages of designing a controversial system which will share citizens' sensitive personal information across government departments without their consent. Leaked documents show civil servants are planning to mimic the data-sharing systems used by firms like Amazon or Tesco. This could …
Team Register, 04 Aug 2014

Distie vet Low to head new public sector biz at C2000

Channel veteran Cathi Low has returned to her old stomping ground at Computer 2000 to head up a newly assembled public sector team, months after quitting arch rival Ingram Micro to seek out a "new career challenge". Low, who is set to become director of the public sector business unit, left C2000 in 2006 after 12 years on board …
Paul Kunert, 22 Feb 2012

Stone Computers sales catch cold as public sector keeps sneezing

Staffordshire-based PC builder Stone Computers ground out a profit in calendar 2011 as it chopped admin expenses to offset the general market decline in public sector IT spending. One of the last bastions of the once mighty Brit community of PC makers, Stone saw sales slide to £65.5m from £69.7m in 2010 and operating profits …
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2012

Public-sector biz Civica UK flaunts fit figures to keep sugar-daddies sweet

If investors at venture-capital biz 3i are considering floating or selling UK public-sector tech giant Civica this year, then its decent financial results will focus a few minds. Paperwork filed at Companies House show Civica's operations in Blighty turned over £109.6m in the 12 months to 30 September 2012, up from £99.6m in the …
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2013
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Oh dear, Microsoft: signs deal with LibreOffice

The government has signed a deal for open source Libre Office to be made available across the public sector, in what looks like an attempt to "nudge" mandarins off Microsoft Office. The open source software deal, which is being provided by one of the open sourcer's partners, Collabora GovOffice, is apparently intended to " …
Kat Hall, 21 Oct 2015

VC plans to flog or float public sector biz Civica next year

Private equity backers of public sector services and software player Civica are reportedly gearing up to punt or float the business early next year. Venture capitalist 3i is reviewing its options, says the FT. This comes more than four years after 3i forked out £190m to take the one-time AIM-listed operation private. Investment …
Paul Kunert, 03 Oct 2012
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HMRC U-turns on VAT rules for cloud

HMRC has U-turned on its proposals to hand out VAT refunds just for large system integrators, while forcing public sector bodies purchasing off-the-shelf "cloud" services to pay the full whack. Last year the body published guidelines that would effectively penalise public sector organisations for buying cheap, standardised off …
Kat Hall, 16 Oct 2015

Public sector exempted from swingeing Microsoft UK price hike

The British government will not feel the squeeze of Microsoft price rises on volume licensing when the three-year Public Sector Agreement (PSA)12 launches on 1 July, The Register can reveal. The company yesterday gave UK resellers and customers a preview of the new look price list, also due to kick in at the start of July, …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2012
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Capita hoovers up 1 in every 5 pounds of outsourced IT spending

Capita has increased its share of the public sector IT market by one quarter since 2012, despite overall government IT outsourcing spending remaining flat over that period. In 2014, Capita hoovered up £905m in public sector IT spending, up from £671m in 2012. At the same time, overall spend over the last three years across …
Kat Hall, 07 Sep 2015

Logica profits hit by misers in public sector

Logica is continuing to shift its order book from the public sector toward the commercial markets following a tough first half-year that challenged margins and gave operating profits a pounding. The IT service provider and consultancy's sales for calendar H1 were up 5 per cent to just shy of £2bn and it expects similar growth in …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011

Huge jobs loss to follow public sector cuts

Half a million private sector jobs are likely to be lost as a result of public sector spending cuts. Predicted public sector cuts could mean 186,000 fewer jobs in business services and 47,000 fewer people employed in transport and communications. Add to that job losses from the construction, manufacturing and hospitality sectors …
John Oates, 13 Oct 2010

Take that NATS! Jocko IT is also totally rubbish. BOOM!

Scottish nationalists have a lot more in common with their Sassenach cousins than they'd like to admit, with both nations seemingly equally crap at IT. A report by the country's spend watchdog Audit Scotland found the government "Continue[s] to encounter difficulties" in managing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) …
Kat Hall, 19 Jun 2015
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Insight blames public sector for sales dip

A strong currency tailwind lifted Insight Enterprises's second quarter sales to growth in Europe as spending cuts in the public sector started to bite. Favourable forex conversions underpinned a 12 per cent rise in sales to $403m (£248m) but excluding the currency impact, sales were flat with a two per cent dip in hardware …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2011 wants a cloud wizard at £1,000 a DAY. That's more than the prime minister's salary

The government is hiring an IT cloud director at a cool £1,000 per day, for a bod proficient in Microsoft cloud systems – and just about every other form of enterprise IT. The advert did not specify which department it was advertising for. However, at £1,000 per day over a six month period, that comes to a total of £150,000; …
Kat Hall, 23 Sep 2015
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Public-sector software and services looking limp

Resellers punting software and IT services (SITS) to the public sector have been warned to prepare for meagre times ahead with only business process outsourcing providing major pockets of growth. This is according to research veterans at TechMarketView (TMV), who claim that compound annual growth rates (CAGR) across the …
Paul Kunert, 09 Sep 2011

Capita closing in on public WAN player Updata

Top brass at Surrey-based broadband network services player Updata Infrastructure UK are understood to be mulling over a leading offer from Capita, sources have told us. As The Channel revealed last November, public sector player Updata confirmed it was locked in "active" discussions with a bunch of interested parties. People …
Paul Kunert, 14 Feb 2014
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Capita cracks open the bubbly after 10 per cent sales jump

This year's huge Capita spending spree boosted the company's sales by 10 per cent to £2.28bn, according to the outsourcing giant's first-half results for 2015. During that period, the outsourcer splashed a total of £279m on 11 businesses, most recently snapping up Scottish business intel outfit Barrachd. Profits before tax …
Kat Hall, 29 Jul 2015

Public sector IT buyers 'hogtied by mess of red tape'

Blighty's public sector IT bean counters face a bewildering mess of overlapping tech purchasing bureaucracy, channel sources have warned. Three wide-reaching frameworks that direct government tech spending will end up running in parallel into next spring, potentially confusing purse holders. Of the three schemes, one is the £ …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2012

HP’s controversial sales scheme isn't dead, it's just resting. There – it moved!

HP’s controversial Value System Integrator sales programme hasn’t been taken out the back and murdered, contrary to the wishful thinking from some in the channel – but it is being scaled back. The mechanism started in the public sector in the noughties as a way to beat Dell on pricing, by removing distributors from the supply …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2015

Softcat to float in November, £500m market cap expected

Tech reseller Softcat has confirmed it intends to float on the London Stock Exchange from next month, as it rolled out another set of healthy financials for fiscal ’15. The Marlow-based firm’s intention to go public was perhaps one of the UK industry’s worst kept secrets; it hired Credit Suisse some months ago to run the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2015
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Digital Services to be killed off early next year, confirms

The Cabinet Office is to rebrand the next iteration of the Digital Services framework that SME suppliers had heavily criticised for being confusing and an administrative burden to qualify for. The agreement, due to go live on the Digital Marketplace in early 2016, is to be called Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS), though …
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2015

Story to write next chapter for Civica Group

Specialist software and outsourced services slinger Civica Group has hired former Capita exec Wayne Story to take charge of the UK sub. Most recently, Story was interim CEO at equity-based plan admin services outfit Equatex, and remains non-exec director at Montagu Private Equity and board chair at recruiter GatenbySanderson …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2015

Nope, there's no money in on-prem software licensing...

Microsoft may be making life harder for enterprise volume licensing resellers but there’s still money to be made from flogging on-premise software in the old way. Just ask Bytes Group. The Surrey-based specialist has filed its results for the year ended 28 February, and they reveal a business whose waistline is expanding from …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2015

Insight: Who will rid me of this troublesome currency trend?

Senior folk at Insight Enterprises’ US HQ might be humming the patriotic anthem "God Bless America", for it was only a double-digit sales bounce Stateside that spared executive blushes in the third quarter. Turnover in North America was up 15 per cent year-on-year to $1bn in the three months ended September, but sales in EMEA …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2015
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Gov.UK doubles IT outsourcing to £20bn

Public sector IT outsourcing has doubled over the last six years to be worth £20.7bn in active contracts, The Register can reveal. Since 2008, the average contract size of public sector IT outsourcing deals has remained roughly the same, David Howie, partner at ISG Outsourcing told El Reg. This is despite the government's …
Kat Hall, 03 Nov 2014

Is Microsoft veteran Edward Hyde heading off to Commvault?

Microsoft veteran Edward Hyde is to leave the organisation after 20 years spent in the big slammer at the company, The Channel can reveal. Hyde joined as distribution account manager in 1995 and subsequently held senior sales positions covering the public sector and enterprise licensing partners customers. Most recently – …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2015 launches ONE kit-buying FRAMEWORK to RULE them ALL today opened its long-awaited Digital Marketplace for public sector procurement, which will bring the “confusing” number of frameworks under one roof. As yet the Marketplace is looking rather lonely, with the G-Cloud the only framework on the platform. The next version of the Digital Services framework for “agile” digital …
Kat Hall, 06 Nov 2014
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Public IT supplier frameworks aren't baffling – gov organ

Government Procurement Services (GPS) has defended the matrix of monolithic public sector IT purchasing frameworks, claiming purse-holders will figure out where to spend taxpayers' cash. It emerged this week that the forthcoming £4bn IT Hardware & Services framework, due to go live on 1 June, will run in parallel with two other …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2012
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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is the first major department to move to Google Apps, part of an apparent loosening of Microsoft's stranglehold on the government's software services. The department will join the Cabinet Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in deploying the fluffy white stuff. HMRC …
Kat Hall, 05 Jun 2015
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ANOTHER shake-up at HP Enterprise Services

A mini shake-up of the Enterprise Services (ES) division at HP has seen the role of UK public sector veep Stuart Bladen carved up and shared out among several others. As a result, local public sector selling will fall under the control of Nigel Kirby Green, who is also tzar of HP’s healthcare and life sciences organ. The …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2015
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Change to sustain public sector ICT spend

Public sector investment on ICT is set to remain steady over the next five years in the face of the government's spending cuts. New research by Kable shows that efforts to save costs in other areas and a redesign of many services will ensure that spending to support these will offset cuts in other areas. UK public sector ICT …
Kable, 27 Jan 2011
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WOW! BOOM! The Brit server market is back ... in a way, sort of

Brit businesses and local public sector organs are spending on servers again, but it's Dell and Cisco who are mopping up most of this organic goodness. Gartner’s numbers for Q1 are out: shipments grew a little over five per cent year-on-year to around 80k units, and the value of those boxes climbed ten per cent to $549m. This …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2015

Cabinet Office unveils Public Services Network suppliers list

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that 12 out of 16 bidders made it onto the Public Services Network (PSN) framework. The pan-government agreement – a brainchild of the previous administration – is made up of managed telecoms services to "ease collaboration and communication" between various public sector departments. Suppliers …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2012

Bad news, IT bods: UK's tech outsourcing up 15% last year

IT outsourcing contracts agreed in 2014 totalled £3.44bn in value, with nearly a third of that value accounted for by deals struck in the energy and utilities sector. Those deals were worth £1.05bn and accounted for most of the 187 per cent year-on-year rise in the sector on £373 million spent on all outsourcing deals in the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Feb 2015
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Network Services delayed AGAIN. Suppliers: Oh FFS

It is week 40 of the Network Services framework tender and suppliers are still in the dark about the cause of the latest delay - which means nobody knows who's made the cut and who hasn't. A prior information notice for the framework, estimated to be worth between £100m and £2bn over four years, was published in July and a …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jun 2015


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