Council trials staff use of personal smartphones


Council trials staff use of personal smartphones

Kathleen Hall

Hampshire County Council is conducting a trial of staff using their own smartphones to access corporate systems.

The council's CIO Jos Creese said the initiative was only for a controlled group of employees at this stage, and that existing equipment would need to run its course before anything could be rolled out on a larger scale.

But Creese, who is also president of government IT user group Socitm, predicted that organisations in both the public and private sector will soon expect employees to use their own computers and phones for work, He expects the move to happen over the next three years.

"In the past organisations used to provide vehicles for staff, but now the days of lease cars are over. It's not so different now with technology as devices [such as smartphones and laptops] become more ubiquitous," he said.

Such a move could save organisations money in hardware costs. But it could also drive organisational efficiency as employees choose the equipment that suites them best - something that will become particularly useful as remote working becomes more popular, said Creese.

"Bring your own computer" schemes are already being used in some companies. In 2010, food giant Kraft announced it would provide a subsidy to staff in the US to allow them choose their own computers. Microsoft, Intel and Citrix have also rolled out similar schemes. And General Motors is rolling out a major global project to allow employees to use their own equipment.

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