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VDI eases state and local agencies' foray into mobility

A new survey from the Mobile Work exchange found that while mobile use is growing in state and local government agencies, barriers still exist to wider implementation.

The survey, State and Local Mobility Map: Road to Mobile Readiness, found that the 58 percent of the survey’s  respondents said their agency does not provide plans, tools and support necessary to manage a mobile workforce.  Still, 40 percent of state and local employees use a mobile device for work-related tasks, with that number expected to increase in the next five years.

While the IT managers surveyed cited security and budget barriers to more mobility, 62 percent said their agency had adopted a virtual desktop infrastructure to support mobile workers because a VDI lets remote workers all use the same operating system, and it standardizes security configuration and eases application upgrades.

Other mobility-enabling technologies cited include:

  • Encryption
  • Automatic software updates
  • Backup/restore
  • Mobile device management
  • Remote lock and wipe
  • Multifactor authentication

The “State & Local Mobility Map: Road to Mobile Readiness” report was commissioned by Citrix and reflects the input of 150 IT managers familiar with their organization’s mobile work style strategy and policies.

Posted by GCN Staff on Jul 31, 2014 at 6:07 AM


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