Budget: Cutting £7.2bn of IT costs is not enough
There is a need for greater efficiency and effectiveness in government, and as such the Operational Effectiveness Programme is a step in the right direction, writes Mike Zealley, associate partner at Atos Consulting.
It is good that the government recognises the need for innovative use of IT, and the need for further rationalisation and collaboration in procurement to enable this initiative.
However, given the current economic climate, the associated increase in demand for and expectation of government services, we believe that the OEP may not fully meet the challenge. Current plans focus on "more for even less" when what is needed is "much more, for many more, for much less".
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