Aside from the huge waste in productivity outlined by Kelly, the government seems to be throwing huge amounts down the drain maintaining this outdated kit. The COO said he thought the cost of a single desktop PC was around £6,000 per year – for which he could go and buy 10 Apple iPads.
The Kelly referenced is Stephen Kelly, the UK government’s COO. He also talks of arriving at his desk and waiting seven minutes for his PC to boot up. I’ve spoken about government IT being a shambles before, and this backs it up entirely. It’s also precisely my experience with government IT.