I work for a company that allows their employees to bring in their own phones, issue is no support and no security. IT is rarely thought of and there is no training on mobile phones for IT to train up on and if they do find training, then you must pay them correctly. Then the employees, are "normally" , lack the knowledge of the phone and opens alot of security holes. Biggest issues we have are, the phones locking the ...more »
Short codes are great, but they are only available from a monopoly, and are expensive. Government gets a very small discount.
Long Codes are a viable alternative in some circumstances and are very inexpensive because of competition.
For government use of text messaging, consider using which is best for specific need. www.uslongnumbers.com
Mobility has brought home the need for an interoperable data strategy for the Federal Government that is simple and allows for an agency to express its vocabulary and usage through an HTML5 type of interface. There are numerous projects being developed and NIST needs to stand up and be counted in this exercise. Leaving it to OMB reference models will continue to hamper efficiency.
There may be costs that we are blinded to.
For smaller agencies, develop and offer plug and play solutions/shared services rather than standards and policies that will require procurement, development, management and infrastructure.
a contrarian POV: Desktop, PDA, laptop, smartphone, iPad, eyeglasses, brain implants, dial-up, Ethernet, WiFi, 4G, whatever... its all just a computer that becoming faster, more powerful, and more connected. Its all the same! We didn't have a Federal Dial-up Strategy, why do we need a Federal Mobility Strategy? The implementation of a FMS will prevent the end result sought - to make us more mobile. We cannot "take ...more »
Everyone is building their own open database and hosting it on fragmented channels. This makes it difficult for authorities and the general public to find and use available opendata. A simple, standard design would be a 3-field record: key (16 characters), content (140 characters) and expiration date. This data would be hosted by the respective owners, but made available on a countrywide aggregating portal - such ...more »
If Federal end users are being completely defined by their mission and lifestyle along with all the mission data needed to accomplish their role; there will be a large increase in productivity of the government. Smart Lean government will be defined by a series of tiny mobile apps. These apps will define true end to end service desire the government has tried to fulfill for years.
Agency efforts to leverage use of mobile computing are rapidly evolving from… • Tackling Policy and Governance (are we going to deploy mobile devices and what controls should be in place?), to… • Implementing Device Management (actively managing use of deployed devices (e.g., MDM, identity management), to… • Deploying disruptive apps (getting apps done now for specific missions and using challenges and other new agile ...more »
encourage the industry to define a standard virtual mobile application platform spec. that all major device vendors can support and implement. Like a Java Virtual machine so a application can be built once and run on all devices.
Although the need for device management is a top priority, perhaps we need to elevate the discussion to encompass a Mobile Service Management framework and architecture. Device management is a critical component but only a subset to an end-to-end management solution. Device management is important as it will hopefully start to shed light on the true scope of the mobility management and security issues – it is not just ...more »
Whether using thin client mobile tablets to access official databases or smartphones with hypervisors to transmit the production information the system integrators see that connectivity, bandwidth, and latency all play a part in ensuring that real work still gets done.
The mobility strategy should establish circuit requirements for ensuring that people can connect.