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UK.gov will struggle to avoid pain in further IT cuts, says HP bigwig

The Channel - Blighty's government will be hard pushed to further slash its tech spending as it enters a second round of cost cutting. And "cross-department collaboration" will be needed if better results are to be achieved.

Or so says HP UK top boss Nick Wilson, who described the Cabinet Office's methods to eke out budget reductions with all IT suppliers to date as "a little blunt".

"In the first round [the government said] 'just give us some money off'," he told The Channel. "To be honest it probably needed to say that because this kind of cost-cutting has not been done before by the government."

Now officials have pulled in procurement specialists from the private sector, and the government has got better at buying as one entity, said the HPer.

"This presents a lot of opportunity to some folk and is a threat to others," Wilson added.