Speaking to ComputerworldUK recently, Allott said that the government is already saving significant amounts of money by procuring with SMEs.
He said: "Many recent contracts, won by SMEs, have meant substantial savings for the tax-payer, sometimes as much as 75 percent."
During the webinar yesterday Bond said: "In splitting this up, this means a lot for the SME community. Previously we've tended to go for large scale contracts where the financial barriers to entry were very high, meaning SMEs were unable or unlikely to bid."
McDonagh added: "I hope people recognise that in the way that we're disaggregating and looking to buy commodity IT, this does present a huge opportunity for the SME market which hasn't been there before in government IT."
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