The University of Twente published "CTRL ALT DELETE", a report indicating that the Dutch economy loses
€19.3 billion in productivity on a yearly basis due to low quality
ICT networks or a lack of relevant skills in working with them.
"For the Netherlands this is particularly harmful as the country's
productivity growth was mostly relying on advances in ICT in the
past," it says in the analysis.
Insufficient skills, unreliable
In real working time this is equivalent to 7,6% or 27 minutes
and 37 seconds that are lost per employee every day on average.
Examples cited as problematic are slowly operating computers,
unavailable or malfunctioning servers and an overall inefficient
use of computer and communication systems.
Given the current fragile state of the Dutch economy, this
insight is especially worrisome. In the last quarter of 2011, the
local economy shrank by 0.7%. Last February, first estimates state
that this trend worsened by another 1,4%.
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