BYOD++: Vic govt eyes 'bring your own everything' policy

ICT Strategy Update embraces consumerisation of IT

Victoria will look to develop policies that could see employees of government agencies not just using their personal phones or tablets in the office but choose to use their own applications in the workplace.

An update of the state government's ICT strategy, issued today by Victoria's technology minister, Gordon Rich-Phillips, includes the development by February next year of a whole-of-government policy position that can be used by agencies to develop 'bring your own device' policies.

That policy position will extend "where there is benefit" to "devices, productivity software and storage", the Victorian Government ICT Strategy 2014 to 2015 states.

"In parallel with infrastructure thinking, enterprises are increasingly turning to a ‘bring your own device’ approach (BYOD) for their employees," the document notes.

Reasons for the BYOD trend include "contemporary workers expect to be able to choose and personalise their own devices (mobile, tablet and desktop computer)"; "it permits flexible working arrangements with reduced space and energy requirements"; "it contributes to the personal productivity of government employees"; and it is cost efficient.

"Underpinning BYOD, a range of policies and standards are required to ensure that security, interoperability and performance are not compromised. BYOD is a first step in a broader approach to employee ICT productivity, leading to bringing your own productivity software and some storage – i.e. BYOE (‘bring your own everything’)."

Due to be delivered sooner than the 'BYOE' policy is a public a public cloud framework for agencies. The framework is due in July this year. Number nine of the strategy's 10 principles includes prioritising cloud services when seeking new systems.

"Most services that are supplied using ICT are not unique, and many other governments around the world are using standard systems serving similar needs to Victoria’s," the document states.

"Government does not see itself as a builder and owner of large ICT systems in the future, and recognises that it continues to face ICT obsolescence risk unless it moves in line with new modes of service provision"

The Coalition government published the first edition of its ICT strategy in early 2013.

"Our first phase focused on foundational, whole-of-government ICT policies and processes, including the appointment of a chief technology advocate," Rich-Phillips said in a statement.

"The intention of this update is to continue to focus on technology to improve service delivery to Victorians and provide greater productivity across the Victorian government in the face of rising demand for government services and tightened budgets," the minister said.

The Victorian government in January sought public feedback on updating the ICT strategy.

Read more: Why Victoria's fire services turned to cloud for capacity

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