Oracle has signed a deal with the UK government to deliver products and services to the public sector for the next three years with the aim of saving taxpayers’ money.
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) revealed that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oracle that builds on a deal in 2012 which promised to save the government in excess of £75m by 2015.
CCS claimed that the new deal will extend the scope of Oracle’s service and product delivery to additional public sector bodies, including the NHS.
However, rather than inject new technology into the public sector or facilitate the pursuit of the Government Digital Service’s government-as-a-platform agenda, the new deal appears to be focused on software licensing rather than a technology overhaul.
Sally Collier, chief executive of CCS, explained that the new deal will also save the government money, but did not go into detail as to how much those savings will be.