News in brief: Government cloud services deals to be kept lean
The government is planning to trim IT contract lengths in a bid to prevent its cloud services becoming bound by obsolete technology, the Cabinet Office has said.
Previously, the government regularly signed IT contracts of five, seven or 10 years, said Liam Maxwell, director of ICT Futures at the Cabinet Office, in a keynote at Cloud Expo Europe in London on Wednesday.
"We really don't think we're going to be seeing many contracts in the cloud service area that are beyond 12 months," he said. "You don't need to sign a cloud contract for five years."
For more on this story, see G-cloud to aim for 12-month contracts on ZDNet UK.