Posted by Kevin Brady on Sat 2nd January 2010 at 11:16 PM, Filed in Industry News
For those IT professionals and contractors working for the public sector life is going to get tough in the coming months.
The word on the street is that Local Government and Whitehall are going to make cuts in IT of between 10% and 40% in the 2010/11 financial year. It’s not a case of will cuts be made, but how much and when. The problem for any incoming government is that £180 billion borrowing requirement is not sustainable. An incoming government will either make the cuts under its own steam or the International Monetary Fund will make the decisions for them.
The National Audit Office (NAO) one of the few government departments not under the direct control of Gordon Browns spin machine is investigating another IT disaster, this time at the Student Loans Company.
Apparently the problems at the Loan Company started with the document scanning equipment which set off a chain of events which caused organisational meltdown. Thousands of students did not receive loans, allowances, grants on time. What makes this worse is that the technological problems which triggered this situation have not been corrected an all to familiar story.
So how will the government bury this one?
Posted by Kevin Brady on Mon 21st December 2009 at 02:14 PM, Filed in Industry News
I recently picked up a survey by Equaterra (outsource advisors) which looked at the customer satisfaction levels of 160 organisations representing IT outsourcing contracts worth £10bn a year. The results put Capgemini and Cognizant at the top of the charts with 79% of IT decision makers surveyed, saying that they were happy with the services the two companies provided.
Most firms in 2010 are predicting an increase in IT expenditure, most of this extra spend is to be focused on virtualisation, e-business and customer relationship management systems.
This prediction was made by a recent Accenture /Economist intelligence Unit survey of 500 executives in the US and Europe. The survey indicates that UK and Ireland are the most optimistic; with 63% of business leaders predicting IT spend increases during 2010.
Posted by Kevin Brady on Sun 6th December 2009 at 06:06 PM, Filed in Industry News
I read today a post from Information Week saying that the IT job Market is perhaps on the mend. The view from the cliff is that there is expected a 3% increase in IT staffing during early 2010, with traditional jobs in networking, security, and application development most in demand.