Government cancels ‘commercially unfriendly’ tender after Big Tech backlash

Technology Ireland had recently said the proposal was unworkable

Many tech companies who would have been expected to bid for the tender, which was issued last summer, had decided against doing so

A controversial tender for a €60 million public sector cloud computing procurement process has been cancelled after too few applications were submitted for it.

Big Tech companies had been heavily critical of the government’s plans to introduce a new centralised procurement process for cloud services. Some had called on the state to reconsider its proposals.

Companies had privately warned ministers that failure to address issues raised by industry in recent months could lead to significant ...