View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
July 22, 1990

ICL IN THE VAN AS UK LOCAL AUTHORITIES SWITCH TO DEPARTMENTAL UNIX – ROMTEC

By CBR Staff Writer

A new report from market research firm Romtec reveals that over three quarters of the departmental minicomputers expected to be bought this year by UK local authorities will run Unix. The data, obtained from detailed interviews with 157 local authority data processing managers, indicated that most of the machines would be used to run new applications rather than to replace proprietary systems – although 15% said they would be converting from proprietary to Unix technology. And most of the machines will come from ICL, traditionally a strong player in this market. The report finds that 60% of planned departmental system purchases will go to ICL, with Bull and Unisys on 12% each, and other vendors sharing the remaining 16%. ICL is also getting its share of new personal computer purchases, coming close behind IBM’s 31% with 27% of the market. Last year, the 500-plus local authorities spent UKP727m on their computing. This year, applications to comply with new legislation such as Community Charge and Compulsory Competitive Tendering will account for some UKP70m of the software bill.

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.
THANK YOU