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Partners frustrated at feds’ slow Shared Services progress

CDN CURATED: It's been more than a year since Shared Services Canada was created, and government VARs say buying policies still aren't clear

While it’s been more than a year since the federal government created Shared Services Canada and announced plans for a massive consolidation of IT service delivery and IT procurement, members of the government reseller channel say they remain unclear what the changes will mean for them.

According to a report from Howard Solomon of IT World Canada, the smaller suppliers feel they’re in the dark:

“The first in a series of roundtables held last week with the private sector didn’t clear things up much, says the head of CABiNET, which represents small and medium sized providers of IT and consulting services to the federal government.

It’s true that the voyage has barely started, said Jeff Lynt, who is also president of inRound Innovations, a consulting firm that does a lot of contract work for federal departments.

But until the government declares an IT procurement policy his members worry that Ottawa may structure IT buying that gives preference to one or two large firms – think of Bell Canada, IBM or CGI – than smaller providers.”

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