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BYOD No Longer Optional for Government

Do you remember your first cell phone? I remember mine.    It was big, and clunky, and really heavy.  It would have made a better door stop than personal device.  Things have really changed since those days. Our devices are so sleek and light now that we bring them with us everywhere we go, feeding directly into the BYOD trend that is taking government by storm.

In last Thursday’s BYOD post, I talked about the need to approach the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend from a collaboration perspective. Government organizations know the BYOD movement is here to stay. It’s no longer optional.  It’s the way their employees want to communicate, and it’s a level of connectivity that state governments and federal agencies have started to implement.

As government moves forward with implementing BYOD, they face certain challenges:

  • Scalability: How can you easily accommodate in real-time the explosion of new devices and applications trying to get onto your network?
  • Security: How do you identify and secure the devices and users on your network?
  • Manageability: How can you easily manage users and devices no matter how they connect or where they are located on your network?

It’s these organizational hurdles that led Cisco to develop the Cisco Unified Workspace. This solution unifies your social, mobile, and virtual workspaces on any device. It allows for a BYOD implementation to operate simply as it supports necessary applications like video and telepresence, all while protecting data security and increasing employee productivity.

Want to see the Unified Workspace solution in action?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on implementing a Unified Workspace solution in a government environment.  What are some benefits you see for your agency? What reservations are holding your agency back? Please leave a comment below!

 

*Cisco is also currently on the road talking about all things BYOD Find out if it’s

coming to a city near you.

 

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