Category Archives: Advocacy

Avoiding ICT lock-in costs in West Sussex

We’ve asked West Sussex County Council about the background to the decision to renew an existing ICT contract without tendering due to IP issues and what they are going to do to avoid that happening in the future.

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West Sussex provided a very helpful reply, thank you. Unfortunately for them it was so helpful it also included some dissenting metadata:

JL: 12months is incredibly optimistic if we had to change product sets across the 330 schools. I genuinely doubt we could deliver this.

Of course there’s the other problem SIMS which is inescapable apparently

27 April 2011 updated 1 Jun 2011

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Background on decision to use open standards in govt ICT

We’ve asked Cabinet Office about the background to the publication of the procurement policy note published in January regarding open standards

Asked on 18 April and finally answered on 4 July, part of the reply included this statement:

The Standards and Architecture Framework was in development when the briefing note was prepared. Its replacement is still in development. It is not in the public interest to disclose information in the briefing note relating to the Framework in the context of developing policy. Premature disclosure would adversely affect decisions and discussions still to take place regarding the content of the replacement reference architecture. Debate is already raging in the press and with lobbying organisations regarding government’s open standards policy due to the recent UK Government Open Standards Survey, the public response to which is due in the autumn.

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18 April 2011 updated 15 September 2011

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