Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (800)

Alan Kelly


800. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department will not be forced to pay additional premium payments to a company (details supplied) once support for an operating system expires in January 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44719/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department has always sought to achieve best value for the tax payer by maximising the lifetime of its computer devices, thus reducing total cost of ownership.

It had been planned to have all devices upgraded before the withdrawal of Window 7 support. However, the need to divert resources to support my Department's Brexit plans extended the timeline of the Windows 10 upgrade, which will now be completed in Q2 2020.

Extended Windows 7 support will be necessary for a small number of devices. The cost will depend on progress with the rollout but is not likely to exceed €35,000 for 2020.