MeriTalk Survey: Govt Stands to Gain From Mobility Programs

HTCphoneA new report from MeriTalk says the U.S. government could gain 364 productive hours, or $14,000 in annual productivity gains per employee, by adopting enterprise mobility initiatives.

More than 200 federal managers were surveyed for the “Feds on the Go: Network Needs for Maximum Mobility” report, which highlights federal employees’ mobile work styles and examines how that connectivity affects agencies’ technology infrastructures, MeriTalk said Monday.

Eight-eight percent of respondents use laptops to remotely connect to work, 53 percent use smartphones and 19 percent use tablets.

Forty-five percent of employees surveyed believe mobile connectivity makes them more efficient and 28 percent say they are able to collaborate with colleagues more frequently.

Slow connection, cumbersome security procedures and limited network access are the top concerns cited by mobile workers in the report.

Anthony Robbins, vice president of federal at Brocade, said agencies should embrace bring-your-own-device programs and invest in infrastructure upgrades to improve connectivity, access and service.

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