back to article Big data means big money for the UK government as £2bn tender mooted

The UK government is putting the feelers out for a bundle of big data products and services in a move that could kick off £2bn in tendering. Cabinet Office-run Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which sets up procurement on behalf of central government ministries and other public sector organisations, has published an early …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A "pro-growth and trusted data regime" Tory for "we're going to sell your data to our mates what we trust so they can grow their businesses and there's nothing you can do about it"

    1. Version 1.0 Silver badge

      Re: A "pro-growth and trusted data regime"

      We are all just Sheep and the government is Farmers working on making money from woolen jackets and mutton pies.

    2. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

      Re: A "pro-growth and trusted data regime"

      You got that completely wrong. The government are not going to sell our data. They are going to pay people to take it. The only bit they missed out was: "It will be secured with a block-chain!"

  2. Scott Broukell

    I read that as "Clown Commercial Service", but don't worry, I feel sure that all our important personal big data will be perfectly safe, even when and/or if it is all sold off and/or hacked! Perfectly safe /s

    1. elsergiovolador Silver badge

      Technically, as most of them are US companies, the US government could order them to mirror the drives and keep quite about it, no?

  3. elsergiovolador Silver badge


    it is still running Cloudera, AWS Redshift and, of course, Oracle.

    Probably that's why there is no political will to tackle tax avoidance by big corporations. What if Amazon got upset and pulled the plug?

    1. FILE_ID.DIZ

      Re: Tax

      Amazon couldn't be that petty, could they?

      Oh wait...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What rate of Commission

    on the £2bn spend has to be paid into the coffers of the Tory Party?

  5. xyz Silver badge

    Why are you all so pessimistic...?

    We all know how this will end... 2bn clusterfuck and an inquiry "so that lessons can be learned".

    They'd do more good mailing 30 quid to everyone in the country and giving (chosen delivery company) the change.

    1. Trigonoceps occipitalis

      Re: Why are you all so pessimistic...?

      "We all know how this will end... 2bn clusterfuck and an inquiry "so that lessons can be learned"."

      We all know how this will end... 6bn clusterfuck and an inquiry "so that blame can be shifted".


  6. JassMan

    small progress

    According to the prior information notice: "Big data and analytics is an emerging and evolving capability, with its prominence heightened by COVID. It is fast becoming recognised as business critical and a core business function, with many government departments now including chief data officers.*

    If they also got a few in house Project Managers who knew what they were doing (instead of spaffing millions on consultants) they could get some some of their IT systems for millions instead of billions.

    Oh wait, that would mean their mates would no longer fund the ConParty coffers - so I guess that idea is a non-starter.

    *my emphasis

  7. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    :-) Light the Blue Touchpaper and Retire .... a Guy Fawkesian Advisory :-)

    You got that completely wrong. The government are not going to sell our data. They are going to pay people to take it. The only bit they missed out was: "It will be secured with a block-chain!" ....... Flocke Kroes

    You may like to accept you yourself have also got that completely wrong, FK.

    They are going to pay the data source providers who both provide and control all novel information for intelligent future usage to monitor and mentor government and business development and presentation of all supplied product.

    To suggest otherwise would be to infer that government and business would know what any novel information for intelligent usage from recently landed and/or currently emerging and formerly totally unknown data source providers has been thoughtfully and extensively comprehensively designed for.

    Such would be absolutely preposterous and be nothing more than a wild crazy guess whenever no diligent attention has been clearly paid to myriad unknown contributory facts which have resulted in the future products/projects/programs for presentations/unveilings/revealings/virtual practical realisation ...... thus to create, in a much more orderly fashion than ever of late, a Greater Order out of Fundamental CHAOS ... with Clouds Hosting Advanced Operating Systems.

    However, should all or any of the above not be an essential part of UKGBNI National Data Strategy Operations, will its services and opportunities be exported and further developed and expanded elsewhere somewhere alien in what would then be best perceived and conceived as friendly competition and/or an honourable opposition.

    And here is a current running program and future relative project for prime consideration of Cabinet Office-run Crown Commercial Service (CCS) funding/seed and feed and need investment, which as you can read, is politically agnostic and inclusive, and more than just suggests that it is much more a money generator/maker rather than money spinner/spender whilst it also excels at being both in greater service of each.

    amanfromMars [2109031725] ....... laying out one of the simplest of ways to get everything and anything novel and noble done in next to no time with Space State Assets Employing and Exercising Accumulating Immaculate Resources on

    Simply to rest any even less than truly impressive percentage of Russia's international reserve in an Unusually Interesting and Confounding Remote Proxy Account for Virtual AIdDVenturers, would surely immediately generate worldly state funding capital flight/fiat transfer to partake of and invest in programs with oneself as a prime leading stakeholder/Virtual AIdDVenturers Funding Manager of such Futures Projects and Programs Options for Embedding with Derivative Digitally AIReMastered Trade Streams Presenting Future Content Resulting from Presently ACTivated Live Virtual Reality Trials.

    Such is a really good idea and more than just a helluva great plan. And all done with the minimum of a few deft clicks of an almighty mouse too.

    The Russian central bank target for international reserves at $500 billion would then require a lavish spending of excess to ensure all the help needed is provided to ensure empowering capital funding churn ..... :-) which is akin to tip top class professional money laundering/excessive executive wealth redistribution.

    Considering it a COSMIC Dividend has one Basked in an Extremely Pleasant and Engaging and EMPowering Glow which is AWEsomely Addictive and Terrifically Attractive and Wonderfully Overwhelming. The Big Mistake made by both Many and a Chosen Few alike, is to think it All Powerful and Not Consuming whenever it can choose you not to be so Profoundly Effected and Almightily Afflicted.

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