Earlier this week the Senate passed the Telework Enhancement Act that will require agencies to expand teleworking opportunities to employees and incorporate such programs into the continuity of operations plans. It’s exciting to see that our public policy is catching up to our 21st century technology. This creates a huge opportunity for Cisco. We’ve been teleworking for many years and have best practices and advanced technology to help propel the dynamic government market to aligning with efficiencies of today’s work style.
Like all of us, government employees are pulled into several different directions. By creating a flexible work environment with mobile technologies they will be enabled to work more effectively in today’s on-the-go environment. This bill makes it easier for federal workers to work remotely anywhere -- at home, at the airport, at a hotel, on vacation, just about anywhere.
Think back to the recent impact of the snow storms this winter on our government; it shut down completely. Government cannot allow for its operations to stop because their employees cannot work from home. Bruce Klein, senior vice president Public Sector, taped a video in December during these storms that highlighted how valuable technology has become as a strategic enabler to keep government employees connected regardless of their location or device, and at the same time save government (and tax payers) millions of dollars. Think about how effective we were during these snowstorms because we had the ability to communicate, collaborate and engage. This is the true meaning of Virtual…anytime, anywhere.
Public policy can drive change, encourage efficiencies and create opportunities for good business. Together with technology, we will bring a much more productive and stronger government as well as a better way of life for government workers.
- Patrick Finn, vice president, Cisco Federal Sales