The Government is aiming to save on public sector information technology (IT) spendin
The Government is aiming to save on public sector information technology (IT) spending, with the help of a cloud computing scheme.
Currently the Government spends £16.9 billion on public sector IT every year, but the cloud computing strategy is likely to help save up to 20% on it.
The UK is already negotiating with Indian IT services firms such as Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro, Polaris, Mahindra Satyam and Take Solutions to successfully implement the scheme.
Commenting on the second phase of the project, Bill McCluggage - the deputy Government CIO and director of ICT Strategy and Policy - said: "Last year, when we started this exercise, it was about the consideration and development of the concept. This year, it is about building capability."
Initially, the move is expected to benefit the Department for Work and Pensions, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, the Ministry of Justice, Health and Department of National Health Services, and the Ministry of Defence.
McCluggage added: "If you look at some of the spend by these departments, it makes sense for them to adopt cloud. For instance, the Department for Work and Pensions has close to £1 billion as spend. Similarly, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has a spend of about £800 million."
Copyright Press Association 2011