As well as pushing cloud computing services and undertaking a standardisation agenda the government is also embarking on a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy as it seeks to improve its IT efficiency.
Significant amounts of public money will be saved by allowing staff to bring their own devices into the workplace, claimed Liam Maxwell, director of ICT Futures at the Cabinet Office, who was speaking at an Intellect conference on Thursday.
"BYOD is coming to government although obviously not in the areas needing the greatest security," said Maxwell.
"My laptop was costing £1,600 a year to run but then Chris Chant [director of the government G-Cloud programme] gave me an Apple Mac and it costs just £350."
Those price differences reflect the cost of managing and servicing the Mac compared to the other device. "If you look at the amount of money we can save it's huge," he said.
The mention of Chant's name is unsurprising, given he is director of the government G-Cloud programme, an initiative aimed at reducing the cost of public sector IT and increasing the number of suppliers in the government market.
The G-Cloud cloud computing service will allow the public sector to rent the use of services as is needed and do away with lengthy contracts.
Maxwell said the G-Cloud, which aims to bring more flexibility to procurement contracts, will help the BYOD strategy to develop.
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