Headlines: January 21st, 1999

The largest IT roll out of Windows NT ever planned in Europe has been announced by the Inland Revenue.For the first time, the Inland Revenue will run the same base computer operating system across all its sites, all linked to the same network.

Inland Revenue Director John Yard said there would be considerable benefits to the customer. It will also ensure the smooth flow of tax to the Exchequer.

Before the project was finalised the Inland Revenue, and its strategic IT partner EDS conducted a review in order to understand how best to meet the Department’s changing needs. The result is that the department has decided to upgrade its mostly Windows 3.1 operating system to Windows NT.

All 50,000 Inland Revenue staff will be supplied with new PCs which will include Microsoft Outlook 98 as an internal e-mail service.

The roll out is planned to avoid major business peaks such as the Self-Assessment deadline this month. Servers are being replaced outside office hours and PC replacement at each site is being staggered so that computer services continue to be available.