Holgate: Austerity will force common mobile solutions

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Fiscal austerity will force federal agency components to look for common mobility solutions despite high degrees of autonomy among them, said Rick Holgate, chief information officer of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He spoke Jan. 23 during the 2013 Federal Mobile Computing Summit in Washington, D.C.

"We can't all afford to do things individually and uniquely, like we did in the past," Holgate said. The Justice Department is a highly federated organization, he acknowledged, meaning that historically components are accustomed to doing things their own way.

"There isn't a lot of institutional motivation, if you will, for sharing solutions," but tightening financial conditionals will make the virtue of sharing a necessity, he said.

Mobile device management presents an easy and early opportunity for enterprisewide adoption of a common solution, Holgate said; applications security and distribution presents a subsequent opportunity, he added.

Within Justice, the Executive Office for United States Attorney's experience with deploying commercial apps could point the way for other Justice components to do the same, Holgate also said.

For more:
- visit the summit website

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