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    Businesses, charities and local authorities are looking to cut their overheads by sharing their IT infrastructure, CIOs at Computer Weekly’s 500 Club heard last week. Successful collaborations bring together organisations with similar cultures, shared IT suppliers, and a similar appetite for risk, leading IT practitioners told the group.Nick Roberts, IT business change manager at Surrey County Council, said that government spending cuts are persuading local authorities to abandon their reluctance to collaborate. “If you look at the next three years under the public spending round, we are looking over a precipice,” he said.Many local authorities were bringing their IT departments together under a single CIO, Roberts revealed. “It is happening all over the place. You get a CIO who retires and the CEO says I am not going to replace him. I am going to look at neighbouring local authorities to see if they can ‘two-hat’,” he told the meeting.“Frankly it has taken something pretty extreme to persuade some of the p

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