Now the new government is installed and running we can return to our usual programme. One of the things I shall be looking forward to is the promised shake up in Government IT procurement. Both the Lib Dems and the Tories are more or less singing from the same song sheet. More specifically capping individual contracts at £100M and publishing tender and contract details should shed more light on what is traditionally a rather murky area of government spending. IT is often seen as a silver bullet and has led to some massive white elephant projects which lock departments into vendor solutions over long periods.
While none of the parties have mandated (and nor should they) increased use of Open Source it should be a by-product of encouraging smaller, modular and openly interoperable projects. Time will tell.