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Public sector spending review could spell better value for tax payers

In the next 24 hours the UK’s businesses will find out how far the Chancellor will go when he announces the spending cuts in order to reduce public expenditure by an unprecedented £83bn over the coming four years.

One of the key areas where savings could be made is via the use of technology to increase efficiencies and reduce costs. Historically, numerous high-profile IT projects have overrun and exceeded budget. Consequently, tax payers will get better value for money if the government implements the Tories’ pre-election technology manifesto to consider more cost-effective strategies in its appointment of suppliers, breaking up large contracts to reduce risk and allow smaller companies to bid for government business. By adopting this approach and advising the public sector accordingly, the government will avoid some of the spectacular overruns and over spends which have blighted previous projects.

An independent report from research analysts at OVUM highlights the ability of NIIT Technologies’ unique Managed Infrastructure Services that meets the needs of customer organisations. The report describes NIIT Technologies as a global organization of adequate size and maturity to deal with the requirements of large organizations, while also maintaining the ability to focus on the needs of small to medium sized enterprises.

OVUM reveals that NIIT Technologies is a focused provider that extends a highly mature delivery model to a wider range of customer types, therefore offering organizations significantly improved ROI. The report goes on to highlight that the company’s service delivery and support functions are aligned with ITIL v3 and the ability of its strong foundation of established governance methodology and flexibility to meet varied customer requirements with appropriate engagement terms. The company also offers its customers the flexibility to choose shared services or to customize their infrastructure needs within a number of key industry sectors.

As the report reveals, NIIT Technologies is able to demonstrate an in-depth approach to the incorporation of ITIL-aligned practices across its Managed Infrastructure Services offerings, as well as possessing the unique ability to leverage ITIL-related training from a NIIT Group partner company.

Alan Rodger, Senior Analyst at OVUM says, "There remains an important place in the market for vendors like NIIT Technologies that are of sufficient size and maturity to deal with the requirements of large organizations, while also maintaining the ability to focus on the needs of smaller organizations. These customers face the same problems as their larger competitors to ensure that their IT environments are operated cost-effectively, securely, and as a foundation for compliance, and also need to benefit from best practices and premium management techniques and software."

NIIT Technologies has increased the scale of its Managed Infrastructure Services business without continuing the linear relationship between the number of customers and staff members required. This was achievable with the increased automation of service delivery with a strong methodology that ensures customers’ needs are strongly integrated with the approach.

NIIT Technologies’ large pool of cross-skilled infrastructure technology consultants help organizations improves their productivity, while simplifying IT operations. The Company’s Oasis customer engagement methodology involves modeling the prospective ROI, with a feasible cost reduction target- generally up to 25% in the first year, which can reach as high as 40% after process stabilization in two to three years.

Commenting on the report, Ravi Pandey, UK Head, NIIT Technologies said, "More and more clients are drawn to NIIT Technologies for its high-quality domain knowledge. We help them simplify their IT operational and investment challenges, by delivering IT infrastructure and applications, as completely administered services. The value the Company has been able to deliver for businesses operating in fiercely competitive market conditions is unique and unrivalled."

The Company’s transitioned services are based on pre-agreed SLAs, with reporting that enables objective and shared evaluation of the performance. The Company’s Data Centers in the UK, India, and Thailand, and multiple network operating centers (NOCs) and security operating centers (SOCs) provide a 24×7 foundation for service delivery and has flexible engagement models to involve onsite and offshore resources as required.

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