Microsoft Shakes Down Public Sector for Dosh

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Microsoft Shakes Down Public Sector for Dosh
by technoguido

Large software providers such as Microsoft and Oracle are stepping up their “audit review” raids on public sector customers, propping up their dwindling licensing sales with fines for licencing agreement non-compliance. According to a report by Cerno, 39% of local authorities have been subjected to review in the the last 20 months, with 60% of them forced to cough up heavy penalties. Paid for out of public funds.

Some public sector organisations are starting to see the benefit of moving away from expensive propriety IT solutions, with their moves to open source and in-house solutions forcing big software companies to find other ways of squeezing them for cash. The user rights of public sector IT contracts are extremely complex and often misunderstood, leaving the door open for software companies to swoop in and levy fines for arrears in license fees and support.

Is the software mafia’s grip beginning to slip?
technoguido | March 27, 2015 at 3:44 pm | Tags: Microsoft, Oracle, Techno Guido | Categories: Techno Guido | URL: http://wp.me/pvx79-Obu

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HouseOfLordsCommittee Backs UKIP – HS2 a costly white elephant

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS YET TO MAKE A CONVINCING CASE FOR A £50 BILLION INVESTMENT IN HS2

 

The Government has not made a convincing case for HS2. It must do so before Parliament passes the Bill to enable the construction of the first stage of the railway to begin. This is the conclusion of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee, in a report published today.

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A ROBOT TOOK MY JOB

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A ROBOT TOOK MY JOB

By Philip Letts, CEO ow www.blurgroup.com

Be prepared to be shocked. Over the next 20 years, the US will lose 50% of its workforce to automation. Think about it. Every other job will be taken by a robot. At least that’s what experts like Carl Benedikt Frey, an economist, and Michael A. Osborne, an associate professor of machine learning, at the University of Oxford predict.

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General Dynamics Selected to Support Cloud-based IT Transformation at Sandia National Laboratories

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FAIRFAX, Va., March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), will provide strategic support for the design and development of a “Cloud-of-Clouds” IT transformation initiative at Sandia National Laboratories, a federally funded research and development center for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

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State of Maine and Harris Corporation Complete Statewide Public Safety Communications System

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Highlights:
• Provides improved audio clarity, extensive radio coverage for public safety communications
• Statewide system supports communications across all jurisdictions
• Improves response coordination among the 2,000 Maine state agency users

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. –IWCE Booth # 1361 – For the first time ever, State of Maine agency users across jurisdictions and departments can communicate over a single, statewide emergency communications network, powered by Harris Corporation’s proven VIDA® (Voice, Interoperability, Data, Access) Network technology.

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