Leicester City councillors eye up iPad to save £90k a year
Council says a 'techy-type' person did the maths
A quartet of Leicester City councillors are currently trialling Apple’s iPad, and if successful the fondle slab could be issued to 50 other council members.
But a council spokeswoman told The Register this morning that a report in today’s Daily Mail, which made the claims, was inaccurate.
She then went on to explain that only four Leicester City councillors had been given iPads as part of an “efficiency” test.
“There are no definite plans [to roll out the iPad to other councillors], but there is potential because it could save £90,000 a year,” she said.
Apparently that’s how much the council could reel back by using the iPad instead of printing out reams and reams of cabinet and committee reports.
We then reasonably asked the spokeswoman to explain where the £90k figure had come from.
“One of the information techy-type people worked it out,” she said.
Similarly, councillor Sarah Russell - Labour rep for the Westcotes ward - told the Daily Mail that: “We’re trying out the iPad to see whether it improves the way we work as councillors. If it does, and can replace costly printing, the council could save £90,000 each year.”
Presumably the aforementioned techy-type person factored in the cost of issuing 54 iPads to councillors in the city, which would be somewhere between £23,000 and £37,000 depending on the spec of the device.
Last month Leicester Council announced big savings by laying off 1,000 people - one in seven council staff.
But let's not be too hard on the city's councillors. Perhaps they are simply keen on having a paperless office because surely, none of this has anything whatsoever to do with them wanting to lovingly caress their very own Jobsian gadget, does it? ®
How this happened...?
Councillor 1: Hey Dave, have you seen those new iPads, I want one, when is my Council laptop due for replacement? I can't get one on expenses these days, it's too controversial.
Dave from IT: Yes I've seen them, but they aren't really useful for anything. You'll get a new Dell or HP same as everyone else in 2012.
Councillor 1: But I can't carry that to meetings, it's too heavy for me when I have to shift this fat belly and thighs like a truck, couldn't we work this in as a replacement for meeting notes?
Council Boss: Yeah I want one too. Dave order 4, we'll "trial" them with my best mates.
Council Boss: I'll sign off on a new workstation for your team.
Dave: OK, whatever...
Councillors: YAY! Free iPad.
What they should've done
What they should've done is given them all Scalextric if they're that desperate for toys.
Onsite Leicester City BOFH thinking...
He fancies new pad, but doesn't want to pay for it. So what does he do?
- Creates plausible IT business case for using ipads in "customer-centric, win-win, vertical market application paradigm <insert more buzzwords here>"
- Inserts barely plausible cost saving scenario
- Exec's see the ££££ and glaze over, approving his "trial sample"
- Trial sample is ordered and paid for
- "Trial" is "performed", and surprise surprise, the cost benefit is far less than thought
- Project is canned, costs written off and "Trial sample" stays in IT department. Or his house
I have never, ever done this myself to obtain the fanciest shiny IT toy. Never. Oh no.
Laptop or iPad
Ummm, maybe a laptop would do the same job, for lower price, and added into that they could replace the desktops with docking stations and save even more cash...
Or maybe this is just an IT engineers idea to score himself a free iPad "for testing" that has back-fired!
Everyone's at it!
I work for a large, unpopular organisation with a logo that looks a little like a puckered anus. Can you guess who?
...Anyway there was great hilarity on a departmental tele-conference the other week when one of our staff took the head of department to task on why the executives were being issued with iPads. The stuttered justification that came back was it was being trialled as a 'video-conferencing tool'.
Yeah, my company logo it is!