I didn't think Capita did open source?
Link to Guardian website article: Government to set up its own cloud computing system | Technology | guardian.co.uk
andThe government will also push for "open source" software to be used more widely among central and local government's 4m desktop computers. That poses an immediate threat to Microsoft, whose Windows operating system and Office applications suite is at present firmly embedded as the standard on PCs in government, such as the NHS, which is one of the largest users in Europe.
I'd say that was a good boost to the Open Source cause.The new scheme aims to replace many of the government's physical phone lines with internet-connected "voice over internet" (VoIP) systems by 2017.
Now how about using some similar lines of thought in areas...like education?
I didn't think Capita did open source?
The principle isn't unreasonable, but the country is usually crap at making these big IT systems. Why is this one going to: a) work, b) be delivered on schedule, c) not end up costing twice what it was supposed to (negating the cost savings that were allegedly it's raison d'etre).
This is one of the problems with the UK government - they decide on giant projects like this, rather than looking at things from a department by department basis and then letting the departments create their own system with a decent budget to do so.
One giant cloud? Sure, if they get Google over to do it, but with their usual way of doing things? It'll crash and burn within months.
Anyone else envisage another report into another Government IT disaster?
In general the Governments track record, and this Government in particular, is terrible.
Sounds good but I can't help thinking it won't end well.
Considering Liebour will be booted out of government in a few months, I think any decisions would have to be delayed until after the GE.
It is a brilliant card for Labour to play. It has the positives of being a "look, we're radically over-hauling things, being all ultra-modern and saving money" whilst not having to actually be viable as they likely won't get to stay and implement it. If the Conservatives decide to carry it on and succeed it making it work, then Labour also get to point out that the brilliant money-saving ultra-modern overhaul was all their idea in the first place. If the Conservatives carry it on and it flops, Labour get to laugh. The only risk for Labour comes if they win the election and then fail to deliver on this.
One of the things this fails to mention is that by centralising such things, the money that was being spent before, on staffing and external providers is no longer spent on them. Meaning job cuts...
Bespoke support = expensive, so will it be cheaper in the long run?
I'd hate to see this in schools, personally. We would spend far too long re-designing out networks, configuring workstations, sourcing software etc that may or may not work.
At the very least, OOTB experience just works, normally.
The sensible thing would be to set down standards for transfer data between departments and encourage local governments to use cooperatives to joint develop or procure software where appropriate.
OOTB just works? This site is evidence that it doesn't!
Support for open source is available just the same as closed - Microsoft have support packages, as do Canonical (Ubuntu makers). Training for *nix systems costs a comparable amount of money as Windows training also.
The only advantage at present of Windows instead of Open Source, from a support perspective, is that there exists a larger pool of ready trained people for Windows than for *nix - but the IT market is a normal market, driven by supply and demand. As more demand for *nix skills appeared, more people with the skills will appear.
The other aspect, of availability of software is kind of not really true now either.
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