- April 10, 2012
- Bruce Gilley
Even as economic uncertainties continue to constrict public funding around the globe, advocates from a variety of sectors have insisted that cutting technology investments could be a mistake. Through increased deployment of mobile devices to government workers, for example, agencies may be able to boost employee productivity in an era that demands maximal efficiency.
"You'll be led to believe that looming budget cuts are catastrophic and the casualties will be reduced services to citizens. But don't be fooled," cautioned Corporate Executive Board executive director of government practice Anthony Williams in a guest column for Federal Computer Week. "These times actually present great opportunities to reduce unnecessary costs and boost staff productivity by thinking in a fundamentally different way."
By embracing mobility trends, Williams believes, federal agencies can increase innovation and improve employee morale through telework while reducing costs and shrinking real estate footprints at the same time. Standing in the way of this progress, however, is both a lack of mandates or guidance to foster change and an internal reluctance to evolve organizational culture.
Although there are still some departments sitting on the sidelines, we have seen the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) model of support gaining significant traction in recent months. According to the recent poll from Government Technology, more than 60 percent of state and local government IT professionals are reporting that their agencies either have such a mobile device management strategy in place or are in the process of developing one.