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Stories by Dr Steve Hodgkinson
As governments on a global basis seek to reduce business-as-usual ICT costs, many are turning to centralisation and shared services to harness economies of scale. Shared services offer an apparently elegant solution to the problems of excessive devolution of ICT.
While the logic of consolidation, rationalisation, and economies of scale is undeniable, making the new organisational relationships work is another matter. Shared ICT services face a challenging “many-to-one” dynamic, if they are expected to serve a multitude of different masters – many departments and agencies and their subsidiary divisions, programmes, and project teams all acting independently.
The IBM and Microsoft dreadnoughts passed in the night in 2007 and are charting different courses to the looming enterprise desktop battle next year. Both equipped themselves with shiny new ordnance this year, but their strategy and tactics couldn’t be more different.
Microsoft continues its quest to convince the world that it ‘owns’ the sea lanes by using its Open XML treaty to extend the stranglehold of its dominant position, while IBM further deepens its alliances with rebel forces and its leverage of open standards and open source assets.