When asked yesterday about today's Spending review, the Government CIO John Suffolk said he had not seen the announcement though he expected from it "data centre rationalisation, common telecommunications, commodity procurement" and an emphasis on open standards.
He was speaking at the SIIA OnDemand Europe conference
in London. Suffolk said the government wants to rationalise its 8,000 data centres, dozens of networks and five million desktops, aside from simplifying and standardising business processes.
The G-Cloud Programme, he said, could save taxpayers £1.2bn a year by 2014/15. Savings of networks could amount to a further £394m annual savings by 2014/15, and cutting the costs of desktops could save a further £500m a year by 2014/15.