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IT news in brief

UK insurance giant Norwich Union is focusing on standardising technology to cut costs as part of its post-CGU merger IT strategy. Ian Butterworth, managing director of central services said the company would simplify technology platforms and use its size to get better deals with fewer suppliers.

Trials taking place

in local council elections this May could open the way for the UK to elect governments from the comfort of their own home. ‘The pilots are an important step towards our aim of holding an e-enabled general election sometime after 2006,’ said Nick Raynsford, local government minister.

Faced with hefty bills for continuing use of Microsoft Office, officials in Houston have decided to use an obscure internet delivered substitute called SimDesk. The city is giving SimDesk to tens of thousands of residents and businesses, free. It has begun using it instead of Office on half the city’s 13,000 PCs.

London Electricity Group expects to save up to £100m a year with a new company-wide SAP implementation.The utilities giant will put an enterprise resource planning implementation project out to tender this week.

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