We should evaluate whether the Blackberry is the best smartphone technology for government-wide use, and select smartphone technology based upon government need and usages.
A follow to my post below: I learned that although the gov't has well-trained, talented people, we are using outside contractors to do the work at $300 an hour that we could/should do ourselves. The speed at which technology is outpacing government practices calls for a new way for departments and agencies to keep up the pace. Each agency has used, is currently using or plans to create tools that will take advantage... more »
Use a service such as Citrix or Good Technologies to provide a secure connection to Government networks for people to use their personal smart phones (iPhone), tablets (iPad) or laptops. Provide an incentive to encourage to use their personal equipment. People using their personal electronics would have to agree to allow a "kill' feature be installed on all personal smart phones and tablet so that Government information... more »
Mimic industry and (except where required for security reasons) allow employees to use personal cell/smart phones for government business. Allows elimination or consolidation of supported infrastructure, support personnel, phone purchases, upgrades, etc. Allows employee to carry fewer devices. Allows nearly all employees to have cell phone access to work. Facilitates teleworking. Reduces the "I left it at the office"... more »
Virtually every person has a private cell phone and many models meet agency security parameters. My recommendation is to have the agency pay the employee $25/month for unlimited work use of a personal cell phone rather than the agency spending $50-$80/month on a separate work cell phone. This benefits the gov't by saving half the cost of the cell plan and benefits the employee by offsetting the cost of their personal... more »