Open source telephony goes professional

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| Open source telephone hardware and software distributor Connection Telecom is
| to hold the country's first boot camp to prepare technicians and engineers
| for their professional certification in open source telephony.
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http://www.itweb.co.za/sections/tele...20Source&A=LIN

Conservatives 'would level open source playing field' says Cameron

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| Conservative leader David Cameron has outlined his party's IT strategy for
| government saying there would be a "level playing field for open source
| software in IT procurement" and no room for projects like the "hubristic NHS
| supercomputer".
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http://www.computerweekly.com/Articl...field-says.htm

NHS on Free software?


Days ago:

UK Gov department's IT spend is £2 billion over budget

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| THE DEPARTMENT for Work and Pensions has admitted the true cost over-runs of
| its IT projects.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...lly-2bn-budget


Related:

iSoft in critical condition as NHS trusts seek alternatives

,----[ Quote ]
| The government's vision of an integrated computer system for the
| NHS is coming apart at the seams as NHS trusts are to start looking
| for alternative IT suppliers, The Guardian reports.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/03...s_upgrade_alt/


Microsoft in the NHS

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft is one of the key technology firms in the £6.2 billion NHS
| IT programme. It is working particularly closely with iSOFT ...
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http://www.e-health-insider.com/comm...ndex.cfm?ID=69


Prescription for an I.T. Disaster?

,----[ Quote ]
| In 2002, the British government embarked on a $12 billion effort to
| transform its health-care system with information technology. But
| the country's oversight agency now puts that figure at $24 billion,
| and two Members of Parliament say the project is "sleepwalking
| toward disaster."
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http://www.baselinemag.com/article2/...2058194,00.asp


NHS computer boss failed IT exams

,----[ Quote ]
| Mary Granger is amazed that her son was put in charge of a £20bn
| project to transform the NHS's computer system. She is less
| surprised that his 'Connecting for Health' project is over-budget,
| behind schedule and threatening to become the biggest IT disaster
| in history.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=35685


NHS Scotland pools budget for Microsoft savings

,----[ Quote ]
| NHS National Services Scotland forecasts it will save up to £8m over
| three years from a new procurement deal with Microsoft
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/10...curement_deal/


Accenture escapes £1bn penalty for NHS walk-out

,----[ Quote ]
| Accenture, the IT and consultancy firm has avoided huge penalty fees for
| withdrawing from the UK National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09...e_nhs_penalty/


Accenture: NHS failure is 'track record for success'

,----[ Quote ]
| After months of negotiations, Accenture handed contracts worth £2bn over
| to rival Computer Sciences Corporation after getting paid just £110m
| for spending a third of the allotted 10 years on the job. Its hand had
| been forced by losses of $450m it was set to make on the deal this
| year.
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http://www.channelregister.co.uk/200...ilure_success/


CfH refutes computer failure claims

,----[ Quote ]
| "Very often they are not major incidents as such, but could be caused when
| a patient administration system is running slow or there may be problems
| with the local network. The severity level is attributed by the user and
| this is subsequently very often down graded or amended."
|
| Many of the incidents that have been reported by CfH include failure of
| the systems used by surgeons to see X-ray pictures on a computer screen
| in wards and operating theatres. On some occasions the system is believed
| to have crashed during an operation, forcing surgeons to suspend the
| procedure while a hard copy of the X-ray is found.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09...efends_itself/


NHS Direct all better

,----[ Quote ]
| NHS Direct is back online this afternoon after going on the sick
| with a server error earlier today.
|
| According to Netcraft, the Windows 2000 server at the bargain
| basement hypochondriac magnet modern, accessible public healthcare
| resource was rebooted today. See here.
|
| Whatever malady did for the box, it was "unexpected", as the message
| on the site explained for most of today.
|
| NHS Direct was unavailable for comment at time of writing.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/10/nhsdirect_back/