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The £8.5bn cost of HM Revenue and Customs Aspire contract, triple the value of the initial deal in 2003 shocked even the most cynical public sector IT watcher. Patch Tuesday didn’t set of panic alarms but required some speedy action, while those lucky enough to get away from work were able to benefit from some heavyweight thinkers at the Forrester Forum.

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IT drives business change at Volkswagen

Forrester forum hears how 4,000 systems were consolidated to 300

CIO Connect: Are you capable of change?

If you haven’t got change management skills buy them in fast

HM Revenue to cut costs as IT contract tops £8.5bn

No answer to MPs' criticism of soaring Capgemini profits

Readers’ Choice

Competency combinations: the real skill shortage

Does your IT department have people who combine technical and people skills?

Bookings.com opts for open source MySQL database

Scaleable system incorporates up to 20 database servers

Firefox attacked as often as Internet Explorer

Mozilla admits to Firefox, Thunderbird patches

NHS IT chief Granger hits out at 'whining' critics

Elephant in the room goes unmentioned as Granger ignores CSC-iSoft crisis

IT directors should resist being security scapegoats

CEOs must be made to face up to their security responsibilities

OPEN SOURCE UPDATE

Mobile Linux group releases first specifications

Forum aims to standardise software layer

Sun pushed multi-core tools to Linux developers

Server giant drives deeper into open source territory


Microsoft snaps up Linux Foundation man to lead work with Novell

Hanrahan will run interoperability lab

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“This really isn't enough. Google should not be reacting to regulatory pressure, they should know that if people get freaked about secrecy and privacy, their business model could be wrecked.”

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Forrester Forum Focus

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In Depth

What ITIL v3 really means to your business

IT has been a long wait for ITIL v3 but it promises to deliver for businesses

Sun starts data centre war with IBM and HP

Sharpens blades for bloody battle