Government IT Strains under BYOD Challenge

April 9, 2012

IT executives with federal and state governments are struggling to sort out mobile strategies for smartphones and tablets that would be used by employees at work.

The "bring your own device" conundrum was evident in the energetic discussions in sessions at the combined Fose/GovSec Conference here, where information technology professionals from the U.S. Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Agriculture, NASA and the state of Mississippi spoke about the frustrations they have encountered with BYOD.

While the adoption of Apple iOS and Google Android devices, among other mobile platforms, is high, there's the sense that creating custom apps is expensive and that the talent to do it largely lies outside of government. There's also the perception that, given the slow pace of government contracting, Apple's quick device release cycle and Google's ecosphere of Android device manufacturers make decisions on procurement and app investment brutally hard. 

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