back to article UK's Ministry of Defence awards Boxxe multimillion Microsoft license deal

The UK's Ministry of Defence has awarded reseller Boxxe a contract worth up to £291 million for the renewal of Microsoft licenses for three years. Through Defence Digital, its tech wing, the ministry sought "support with the renewal and running of Microsoft Enterprise Agreement," according to a contract award notice. The deal …

  1. elsergiovolador Silver badge

    Failure

    It's a failure of successive government from both Labour and Conservatives that we didn't have an environment for corporations like Microsoft to have grown domestically.

    MoD running on foreign systems is banking on the idea that the US will never decide to pull the plug.

    Times shown friends from across the pond can elect nutters too.

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: Failure

      The plan is for the UK to update our nutter feature set in line with the US so this is not a problem. The US suffered a regression in Q4 2020 but the current release plan has a fix scheduled for Q4 2024.

  2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Just asking for AI Friends with Many Various Vested Interests in the Field.

    Boxxe said it was an "accredited Ministry of Defence security specialist" for Microsoft's Cloud Solutions.

    Is that them saying that they are presenting themselves as avowed experts in the field tasked to try to prevent and reinforce Ministry of Defence systems and assets and intel and info from being hacked and exfiltrated and exposed to and energised by foreign practical means and alien memes in the virtual spaces housing and posting remote hostile deadly business environments?

    To guarantee that provision has one identifying oneself and one's services as wilfully fraudulent methinks ...... with gross payments made and received tantamount to grand theft and grand larceny ‽ .

  3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    Is it going to be an ammunition Boxxe or a money Boxxe?

  4. Clausewitz4.0 Bronze badge
    Devil

    MoD and Boxxe

    I am sure Boxxe has top-notch security to expose (advertise) themselves as working with the UK MoD in .... WINDOWS.

    RSA for sure had, while supplying Secur-ID tokens also for military contractors.

  5. NeilPost

    Middleman

    With the scale of Microsoft licensing across UK Government - NHS, Defence, Police, Education, HMRC etc … why is the Crown Commercial Service not simply managing this in-house direct with Microsoft and cutting out Middlemen and their margins?

    Isn’t that the whole remit of the CCS centralised value driven at scale procurement?? They should be able to get the best price by far without looking elsewhere?

    1. daflibble

      Re: Middleman

      someone must be looking for a new post.

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