Okay, so our government agencies are constantly criticized for being slow and outdated, but are we really ready to take things to the next level?
According to GCN (http://gcn.com/articles/2011/12/12/2012-trends-in-government-it.aspx) mobility and social media are the areas that government will be looking at next. This article briefly touches on the importance of governance of mobile devices, and social media with respect to the sensitive information being exchanged on these platforms. With the generational differences inherent in our respective government agencies, there are conflicting views concerning this shift in focus from the way of the desktop to the way of the iPad.
It would be a tremendous step forward for government if there was a strong initiative geared toward equipping our workforce with more advanced technology, and teaching them the proper way to use these technologies along with protecting sensitive information. Even though government resources are scarce, I personally don’t believe it best to make it our unofficial policy to slowly chip away at the technology gap whenever finances are perfect.
Maybe mobile devices and social media aren’t for every agency at the moment, but surely there are those who can benefit and would be disadvantaged if these tools were ignored.
What are your thoughts regarding the potential technology push by government? Do you think your agencies are ready for what lies in the future?
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