Browsing All posts tagged under »Francis Maude«

Does the UK’s new Crown Commercial Service represent the future of public sector procurement? by Jon Hansen

July 24, 2013


A corporate-style overhaul of the way the government buys up to £12bn of goods and services will be announced today as ministers try to use the spur of austerity to change the way Whitehall operates and make savings of around £1bn a year. from the  July 23rd, 2013 Financial Times article Business-style agency to run […]

Margaret Thatcher: An Insider’s Perspective by Colin Cram (Part 2)

April 15, 2013


Editor’s Note: Part 1 of this series was posted on Thursday, April 11th My report on procurement proposed more outsourcing and a team was set up to drive this forward. However, the government was unable to overcome resistance to it. By the time John Major had taken over, in 1991, my estimate was that much […]

Outsourcing by Colin Cram FCIPS

November 9, 2012


Since 1990 it has sometimes seemed that no UK government could outsource enough. The Labour Party, for the information of those readers outside the UK, is generally thought to be the most left wing of the main political parties and, as its name suggests, has a close relationship with the trades unions. However, when it […]

UK Government “revenue party over” announcement re large IT/ERP projects long on intent but short on execution

December 17, 2010


Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, speaking at a meeting attended by 31 major government suppliers including BT, Hewlett Packard, IBM and CapGemini, claimed that large-scale bespoke IT systems – many of which have gone significantly over budget in the past – would henceforth be replaced by less expensive and “off the shelf” offerings. So opened […]

Virginia’s Secretary of Administration provides a clear lens through which to view the breadth and diversity of her critical role in the Governor’s Cabinet

December 16, 2010


It is not often that you get the opportunity to talk with a true buck stops here person but, in the case of Virginia’s relatively new Secretary of Administration, not only were we able to talk with Lisa Hicks-Thomas, we were also able to gain interesting insights regarding her thoughts on a range of topics […]

Government fiscal policies show telltale signs of subprime 2008 meltdown

December 11, 2010


Given the recent announcement from Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General Francis Maude telling vendors that the days of the overarching, big  dollar – big budget IT/ERP initiatives is over, one could see why this decision by the UK Government is likely to trigger similar decisions by governments around the world. Nowhere is […]

Centralized Buying and Staff Reductions at The Heart of Whitehall Plan

November 16, 2010


What stands out the most to me based on a preliminary review of the Cabinet Office’s “plans to slash administration costs, including procurement operations, by £100 million in 2013-14,” is that the approach from a purchasing standpoint is at once a courageous acknowledgment of the need to make hard and even unpopular decisions, tempered by […]