MICROSOFT GEARS UP TO GET PUBLIC SECTOR CONTRACTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Computing

Microsoft South Africa is aiming to boost its relationship with the government as part of a global move to improve its service delivery to the public sector, according to Moss Gondwe, Microsoft SA’s new public sector sales director.

Gondwe, previously of T-Systems, was appointed this month as part of the company’s executive management team. He will develop and execute local strategies for Microsoft’s education and government initiatives, as well as build relationships with government and partners. Government has adopted open source as the way forward for its computing needs, a free operating system as opposed to Microsoft’s proprietary software.

Gondwe says his appointment is part of Microsoft’s drive to address the unique needs of the public service. He says it is anticipated that government will spend about R10.2 billion on IT this year - 70% of this on hardware and software. Microsoft aims to work together with its partners to develop solutions that meet government’s specific needs.

Meanwhile SITA’s Acting CEO claims:"Once we do the job (in the public sector) we have been asked to do, some companies will struggle because their whole returns are based on contracts which should belong to us."

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