On Friday 17 May 2002 14:09, Ruairí Newman wrote:
> On Fri, 2002-05-17 at 13:15, adam beecher wrote:
> > We don't appear to be doing a very good job of educated our Government on
> > Open Source. Do we really want to see eGovernment powered by Windows XP,
> > IIS and SQL Server?
> > >From ElectricNews.Net:
> > http://www.enn.ie/news.html?code=7530418> >
> > "According to the Irish Times, Microsoft has signed a three-year contract
> > to supply 33 local authorities with a range of desktop and server
> > products. The contract, which is worth up to EUR10 million over three
> > years, is the software giant's biggest ever annuity deal in the Republic.
> > The deal was made with the Local Government Computer Services Board, a
> > public sector organisation that helps local authorities fulfil their
> > information technology needs."
>> Anybody know who I could talk to in the LGCSB about this? I'd like to
> call or write to them, cc-ing the relevant Gov't dept, and ask when this
> was put out to tender as is the legal requirement. Mainly because I
> don't believe it was put out to tender.
>> It's just a pity this wasn't mentioned a couple of weeks ago, when I
> could have made a fuss on 96FM about it.
>I actually read the aforementioned article (its on the back of the Business 1
section). It looks like the deal is signed and sealed. My favorite quote:
"Ms Brid Carter, director of the Local Government Computer Services Board,
said the deal represented excellent value and had delivered at least 25 per
cent saving for the local authorities due to the sheer size of the contract"
It also goes on to say that she said "You don't have too much choice when
Microsoft change stratagy"
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