Both Microsoft and Google made announcements this week that could fundamentally change the way businesses by IT in the next few years.

Microsoft's move to simplify its licensing is not just a response to the demands of end users over recent years, but is a competitive move against the growing impact of software as a service offerings. Google's agreement with Capgemini represents the threat. Everyone will have to consider their requirements and sourcing options in the light of these developments.

Elsewhere the government's £12.4bn NHS IT programme has come under sharp scrutiny. It really is time for a fundamental review of the project, so that we can all benefit from the undoubted benefits IT can deliver to healthcare.

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