How Milton Keynes Council is using enterprise mobility to hotdesk and free office space
Enterprise mobility management solutions provider Globo has announced that Milton Keynes Council is utilising its technology to enable its employees to work more flexibly and save office space.
The move, which currently manages 300 devices with plans to move to 1100, will “play a key role in maintaining services to the town’s growing population in the face of pressure on resources,” according to Paul Wheeler, the council’s head of IT strategic development.
The council aims to move from 10 desks for every 10 staff to seven, which will be shared through hotdesking. The amount of office space freed up by staff working remotely and on their mobile devices will result in the closure of one major office. Similarly, the needs of elected council members have to be met, with particular regard to securing and partitioning data on council-issued tablets.
With BYOD concerns also needing consideration for staff, Wheeler argues Globo’s product integration won the council over, having evaluated several other vendors. “We really like Globo’s can-do attitude, functionality, pricing and their willingness to listen and respond to our requirements,” he said.
Through BYOD, the council’s legacy BlackBerry scheme can also be dismantled, as Wheeler asserts BlackBerry’s secure email can be matched at lower cost by Globo. Yet legacy systems are not to be completely scrapped, as the council notes Globo’s application platforms, giving secure mobile access to back end systems and data, make them available through apps on mobile devices.
“The real strength of the Globo solution is in the apps,” said Wheeler. “They’re giving us secure mobile access to back end systems and data, automating previously manual processes, increasing efficiency and making for significant savings in time and money.
“The way Globo’s product is integrated across all the essential mobility functions is a particularly strong point,” he added.
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