Yesterday the Chancellor of the new coalition government in the UK, George Osborne, announced some draconian measures to save money, which will affect IT spending and some high-profile programs, which confirmed by the Queen’s speech today
As reported by CIO UK yesterday and today, the identity card and biometric passport programs may both be axed, while discretionary spending, including consulting, will be frozen or immediately renegotiated.
It is interesting that the identity card program gets singled out. Billions have already been spent across the EU in various identity management, smart card programs and the uptake looks very variable. Belgium claims this is a success, while uptake in Spain or Italy is still very low.
This would send a strong a message across Europe: smart ID and similar cards have been high on the agenda for many, but now that draconian cuts are required, maybe it is time to reconsider. Also because it was not all gold that glitters.
Read Complimentary Relevant Research
Predicts 2017: Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence is changing the way in which organizations innovate and communicate their processes, products and services. Practical...
View Relevant Webinars
The IoT In Manufacturing Operations: Where Are We Now?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a paradigm shift for manufacturing operations. Its fanfare creates uncertainty in state-of-the-art technology...
Comments or opinions expressed on this blog are those of the individual contributors only, and do not necessarily represent the views of Gartner, Inc. or its management. Readers may copy and redistribute blog postings on other blogs, or otherwise for private, non-commercial or journalistic purposes, with attribution to Gartner. This content may not be used for any other purposes in any other formats or media. The content on this blog is provided on an "as-is" basis. Gartner shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of the content or use of this blog.