SMEs ride to the rescue of government IT plans

Medium sized IT companies ought to be given a chance to tender for IT plans for government departments, particularly after the cock ups damned in a report last week.

That’s what Andrew Gilbert, MD of Node4 thinks anyway.

The report pointed out that too many governments have relied in the past on a small group of large IT suppliers – a desktop PC that costs £3,500 although unusually high priced to you and me, was common fare when supplied by the cosy cartel to the civil servants.

Gilbert said that the tendering process should be urgently reviewed and claimed that would “dramatically improve” IT services. The report suggested that government departments shift to smaller companies to improve their services and keep a better handle on their costs.

Gilbert said that tax payers would benefit from using SMEs rather than the big boys.

Node4 is an SME.