The ATO's new HP desktops will replace its ageing IPEX machines,
which according to ATO chief information officer Bill Gibson were
in some cases six years old, with high failure rates. IPEX was a
former Commander subsidiary that was wound down after its parent
went into administration last year.
Gibson had intended the refresh to have been done at an earlier
had said other initiatives necessitated by government policy
had pushed the desktop back. The delay was one of the reasons that
the ATO decided to extend its outsourcing contract with EDS for
desktop services and mainframe computing to 2011.