Once again, Microsoft slowly raises the arm of the UK tax payer further and further up it's back till you can almost hear the crack.
Having been locked into previous 3 year deal in which Microsoft claimed over £100,000,000 in savings, £74,000,000 of which would come from "productivity savings" whatever that means. The savings figure comes directly from Microsoft as the UK gov either did not have, or did not want adequate metrics to measure the "savings"
They are now trying to tie down the UK tax payer to a 5-7 year deal in which volumes licenses will be predetermined, i.e. the UK will agree to buy X number of licenses, even if we don't need them.
Bill Gates was said to have been personally involved with the previous deal helping to negotiating directly with then then chancellor, Gordon Brown.
I have emailed Angela Eagle,(exchequer secretary to the Treasury) one of the ministers responsible for this latest deal and asked for a breakdown of the costs http://www.angelaeaglemp.co.uk/
I have also asked how savings will be measured going forward and if and how the process of tendering for UK contracts like this will be dealt with in the future?
In this age of UK political openness, I do hope that the date can be found else I will take it further with another MP.