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Government IT reform - now the real battle starts

Computer Weekly - Despite the understandable scepticism that was aired about the government's IT reform plans when the coalition came to power, it is worth reflecting on some of the achievements that have been delivered this year.

Just those three initiatives alone promise to end several of the most frequently cited criticisms of past government IT - namely, too costly and inefficient; not enough SMEs; the restrictions from European procurement rules; no open source; no open standards; too much lock-in to big incumbents; and not enough use of modern software development techniques.


It would be wrong to underestimate how far the IT reformers in Whitehall have come to reach this point. But the real battles lie ahead.