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GSA CIO Says Mobility More than Just Laptops

A senior General Services Administration official said the future of mobility  in the federal workplace holds much more than laptops during a panel discussion on mobility at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Va.

According to Federal Computer Week, GSA Chief Information Officer Casey Coleman indicated mobility will play a key role in helping the department reduce its real estate footprint, but a mobile workforce offers more than just that.

“For us, the business case for mobility is not about just the [return] on the IT investments; it’s really about the [return on investment] on the initiative of the business of the whole agency,” Coleman said.

In this future mobile environment, Coleman sees more technology such as small devices and wireless connectivity everywhere. Workers would not have a defined workspace and there would be a mobility system where workers sign up for a spot or the team can sign up for a specific workplace, said Coleman.

When asked about consolidation of mobile devices, Coleman referenced the concept of workers bringing their own devices into the federal workplace.

“I’m not sure we’ll ever get down to just one device but I do think it’s technically feasible to get to a place where any device is acceptable,” Coleman said. “It can be a policy choice rather than necessity as to what kind of technology devices we’re going to providing to users. One policy could be bring your own [device] or the agency provides a stipend for you to purchase whatever is your most optimized productivity device.”

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