Contracts for Government IT projects should be easier for small to medium companies to win.
Not only would this stimulate the economy it would be more cost effective for tax payers.
AdminTom Watson (Admin, Digital Pledges) commented
Message received on this pledge. I'll make sure that something on this is included. Thanks for the idea.
I completely agree in this. I have worked in Government on several IT implementations and have found that from a client perspective/end user I have had a far more satisfactory relationship with smaller/medium companies who try and deliver what has been asked, and demonstrated value for money - unlike other larger companies who have just given me generic solutions, generic presentations, generic process flows and who haven't truly engaged in the 'business', which hasn't represented value for money.
However I wonder *how* we can go about this given the complex procurement process that all Depts have to go through and our approach to 'risk managment' - but it's an area that I think does need looked at.
We see examples of waste and vaste amounts of money being spent on IT systems that are little more than the standard applications small to medium firms create every day. The monopoly of big contracting firms needs to be broken to stop this waste of tax payers money.