The traditional office is not what it used to be. I’m not referring to Mad Men, where smoking in the office was acceptable and having a cocktail in the middle of the day was the norm. I’m talking about when and where work gets done. For me personally, being part of an organization that embraces collaboration, I am able to work from home, the coffee shop or the airport terminal without compromising communication or efficiency.
The rise of mobility, video and other collaboration technologies is prompting government organizations to rethink the way they approach communications. As more agencies, like the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, embrace teleworking options they’ve found that their employees are happier and their workforce is more flexible and able to work around things like natural disasters or more commonly, a snowstorm.
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Tags: collaboration, dod, federal, SLED, State and Local Government, video conferncing
There’s no question, the employee-led mobility revolution has arrived. Will the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policies that must inevitably follow come soon enough?
Everyone is bringing their devices, everywhere they go. People, no matter their occupation, want to check the news, keep in touch, catch up on email, and stay productive or entertained wherever they are. So the real question for government organizations becomes, “how do we address this mobile explosion and the proliferation of employee devices?”
Many have yet to implement BYOD policies for fear of the security implications and exposing sensitive data. But what is the security risk of doing nothing? In a recent Forrester survey of 498 government employees from around the world, more than half of the respondents (57%) said their organizations provided limited or no support for employee devices and some even said their employers prohibit mobile devices outright. The survey also revealed that 3 out of 10 government workers in these situations find “alternative ways” of using their device for work.
This poses a problem for government agencies: having no policy or prohibiting devices is risky because employees are bringing and using their devices anyway.
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Tags: bring your own device, byod, Flexible Working, mobility, multiple devices, State and Local Government
Many advances have taken place since the turn of the century. In our lifetime, we have seen a surge of technological advances that have launched our society into a communicative and interactive wonderland. With our creativity and engineering, we have managed to connect societies seemingly “worlds” apart and made them available in real-time. Well, at least in the civilian world… What about “The Government” (Ominous music playing)… Where are “we” in this some-what ubiquitous world? The thoughts of George Orwell’s 1984 come to mind.
Well, what is Government, then? And what do we mean when we say “21st Century Government?” (This link means that you need to go ‘like’ our Facebook page.) Is Government really that obscure? Maybe it IS the Aliens!
Government on a whole is thought by many to be this abstract intangible aspect that just magically works; weaving in and out of our lives, probably in our sleep. Something that’s almost whispered in back alley ways and passed around in underground dive bars. During the day, it’s lucid, combed, clean cut, and dresses well with a nice aroma. But at night, it seems as if a delirious dream that’s combined with science fiction and paranoia. ”Government” enters our mind and through subliminal rhetoric, speaks of control and power… frightening isn’t it…
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Tags: 21st Century Government, Central Government, Cisco, Industry Solutions, public sector, State and Local Government