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Election Special: IT procurement and open source
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| In addition, the Conservatives propose to
| bring in a Â100m cap on IT contracts so that
| the largest and riskiest contracts are broken
| up into smaller components. This will open up
| the market to small and open-source
| companies, which the party believes will
| benefit the taxpayer because it is cheaper.
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Election special: Liberal Democrats discuss
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| V3.co.uk: How does the Liberal Democrat
| party plan to increase open-source take-up
| in the sector?
| John Thurso: The Labour government spends
| Â16bn a year on IT, but has a very poor
| record on IT procurement and has regularly
| been criticised by the National Audit
| Office. The Liberal Democrats will improve
| government IT procurement, investigating the
| potential of different approaches such as
| cloud computing and open-source software.
| Does the party believe that open-source is a
| better alternative to proprietary software,
| and if so why?
| Open-source software can be cheaper than
| proprietary or bespoke software and we
| believe that government should consider
| open-source solutions in all IT procurement.
| The Liberal Democrats will conduct a full
| review of IT procurement procedures, and
| work with industry to improve cross-
| government working practices and save money.
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