The UK Cabinet Office and Oracle have signed a new deal that will deliver in excess of £75 million in savings by 2015. The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude said that Oracle is one of the Government’s largest IT suppliers and works with almost every department and agency across Government.
Oracle is going to give the UK a single discount instead of buying different products at different discounts. Today’s deal will mean that the Government acts as a single, intelligent client, with all departments buying software using the same discount rate.
It will allow Software licences to be re-used across departments rather than each department having to buy licences that the Government already owns. The Government can maximise its buying power and buy in bulk as a single customer instead of on a department by department basis.
Taken together, these measures will deliver efficiencies that will result in savings in excess of £75 million for taxpayers by 2015 from just this one deal, releasing funds to support the delivery of frontline services, Maude said.