The UK government has released a new IT policy for all government bodies to comply.
The policy creates open standards to avoid vendor lock in and promote IT interoperability. Companies will now have a level playing field, ensuring the best deal can be found, benefiting the tax payer.
The open standards policy will reduce costs and lead to a more open, better connected network. Bodies can apply for exceptions to the policy but all are expected to comply.
The move removes barriers and is a major step toward a more innovative and competitive UK software market.