Government agencies could see an increase of productivity and cost savings as a result of mobility, according to a recent survey of federal information technology professionals and chief information officers.
MeriTalk, VMware and Carahsoft issued their “Mobile Powered Government” report Feb. 27, where the companies surveyed 152 federal CIOs and IT professionals.
The companies intended the report to gauge the federal government’s plans for a post-PC era, the report said.
According to the report, if mobility made federal workers just ten percent more productive, it would yield approximately $2.6 billion in savings for fiscal year 2013.
Surveyed IT professionals said security staffing and the diversity of mobile device platforms are concerns in adopting more mobile practices.
Despite agencies’ concerns, Aileen Black, vice president for VMware’s public sector business leading sales and strategy, told TheNewNewInternet “mobility now has enough momentum, through consumer adoption of post-PC era devices, that it’s finding its way into the federal IT enterprise, whether agencies have planned for it or not.”
“Mobile devices increase productivity because they allow workers to access and do their work no matter where they are, but agencies need to plan ahead in order to reap those benefits,” Black said.
Federal workers indicated they are implementing security and collaboration measures in order to mitigate their concerns as well as working to create a plan in order to manage a mobile workforce, as Black suggests should be done.
Some 64 percent of IT professionals surveyed said they believed cloud to be a viable solution to manage a mobile workforce. Black said cloud provides a mechanism of simplicity in security.
“People are not expecting to be tied to their desk anymore,” Black said. “Instead of going around the office and securing everyone’s device, you can perform that task virtually through the cloud, which makes mobility doable.”
Black said VMware owns 80-to-90 percent of the virtualized workload market and can help move the government use more mobile devices.
The mobile and cloud market is not new, Black said, adding what is new is the marriage of the two and the government’s efforts to leverage those technologies.
Implementing planned mobile strategies allows agencies to see a greater return on investment, Black said.
Black said federal agencies also often have a percentage of their workers who are subcontractors.
Managing those workers’ profiles virtually and not having the expense of a temporary laptop would be a huge benefit, according to Black.
“The government sees the opportunity to harness mobile computing to truly provide flexibility and productivity,” Black said. “It’s an exciting time to be in the technology world supporting the federal space.”