IT accord worries EU suppliers
The bureaucratic image of the European Union’s institutions has in the past left cynical observers seeing only costs rather than benefits.
But in the technology arena the EU is trying hard to dispel this image and, like most commercial IT directors, is working hard to advance its use of IT, even while cutting costs.
The three main European Union institutions: the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers are increasingly synchronising their technology choices for hardware, software and maintenance support.
But each institution has different IT needs and the trend towards joint tendering and purchasing has received a mixed reaction from suppliers, who still have to deal with three different bodies.
The three institutions are so large that it is very difficult to synchronise their technologies, said a Parliament spokesperson. “The Parliament has enough problems setting up its own tenders, never mind handling joint ones,” he said.
Synchronising technologies will bring benefits such as opportunities to use ready-made applications developed by other institutions. But in chasing value for money, the EU institutions may find joint tendering more costly for themselves and their suppliers than they bargained for.
In the past decade, the professional services industry has transformed significantly. Digital disruptions, increased competition, and changing market ...View resource
In recent months, professional services firms are facing more pressure than ever to deliver value to clients. Often, clients look at the firms own inf...View resource
In a world of instant results and automated workloads, the potential for AP to drive insights and transform results is enormous. But, if you’re still ...View resource
The first phase of Making Tax Digital (MTD) saw the requirement for the digital submission of the VAT Return using compliant software. That’s now behi...View resource
Though costly, bespoke-made solutions could be the answer for some firms Read More...View article
Amid economic challenges and a flurry of post-pandemic insolvencies, accurate forecasting is critical Read More...View article
New forecasting patterns and ways of working have accelerated the need for automation Read More...View article
With Practice Ignition, the whole process is automated: sending our engagement letters, getting client signatures, agreeing on fee proposals, credit c...View article
Tax Systems’ chief innovation officer Russell Gammon outlines key findings from their latest survey, in partnership with Accountancy Age, and provides...View article
Tools like IBM Planning Analytics highlight how planning can be removed from the narrow domain of finance to provide positive impacts across a busines...View article
Ilya Kisel, the COO of Synder by CloudBusiness, discusses how digital transformation and global automation trends are changing the work of accountants...View article
Three simple solutions for moving offline accounting online and the benefits of doing so, according to Ilya Kisel, COO at Synder Read More...View article