Survey sheds light on mobility in the federal government

7th June, 2012 - Posted by Kourtney Wooten - No Comments

It seems that every trend and technology that people are talking about in the IT landscape involves mobility. In fact, some of today’s hottest technologies all revolve around having the same functionality and capabilities available in any location and at any time.

Cloud solutions and cloud storage are making applications and data available from any location. Virtual desktop environments are enabling individuals to access their desktops from anywhere. Smartphones and tablets are bringing full computing functionality to people in small, easily transportable packages. Video communication is going mobile, delivering face-to-face video conversations right to mobile devices. Everything in IT today is about mobility.

Why? Because mobility is bringing countless benefits to organizations, from government entities to private enterprises.

Mobile workforces are happier and more productive. They spend less time commuting and more time working, or being with friends and loved ones.

Mobile workforces are capable of working from anywhere, even when snow, flooding or other incidents close the office. The continuity of operations (COOP) that comes from a more mobile workforce can save organizations millions in lost productivity.

A more mobile workforce is also a less expensive one. With less workers in an office at any given time, office sizes can be reduced at a savings to the organization. Mobile workforces also consume less in the ways of office equipment, office supplies, utilities and resources.

With all of these benefits, it’s no surprise that mobility, agility and flexibility are the cornerstones of the hot technologies and topics impacting IT organizations today. However, some organizations and industries have more readily embraced mobility than others.

How is the federal government stacking up? Well, 64 percent of the federal workforce may not be so complimentary of the government’s mobile efforts.

The Government Business Council and Polycom recently teamed up to produce a survey on mobility in federal agencies. The survey sought to find out what mobile solutions were being adopted by the federal government, why mobility is important in the federal government today and whether federal employees felt their mobile needs were being met.

The results of the report will be unveiled on a Webinar featuring Bryan Klopack, the Executive Director of Research & Analysis at the Government Executive Media Group, and Russ Colbert, the Director of Federal Solutions at Polycom. The Webinar, which will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, is free to attend.

If you’d like to hear the results of the survey, and learn about the current state of mobility in the federal government today, register online.

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