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Government digital drive should include procurement of 'big data' expertise, says think tank

Out-Law - The Government should run procurements in a bid to find private sector companies able to utilise 'big data' to make public sector savings, a think tank has recommended.

The Policy Exchange said that the outsourcing contracts should only be agreed on a "payment-by-results basis" in order to help the Government avoid having to "invest significantly in big data technologies on the promise of uncertain future benefits".

The recommendation was contained in a report published by the Policy Exchange into ways the Government can better adapt to the digital age. (77-page / 1.54MB PDF)