Virtualizing Apps Leads To Greater Productivity

There’s one industry falling far, far behind in the digital transformation journey, and its leaders know how much productivity is being lost.

In a new FedScoop study focused on IT in government, survey respondents overwhelmingly cited their “friction” points and how virtualization can easily boost efficient work environments.

More than half – 51% – of government employees surveyed said if they had access to digital workspaces they’d likely gain four hours of productivity per week, or 200 hours on an annual basis. Additionally, IT managers in the public sector said a digital workspace, regardless of device or location, would make users more productive.

The pain points are noticeable for employees, especially when it comes to accessing necessary information in a digital environment. Eighty-two percent of employees said their work-issued devices don’t support the apps they need; another 64% said they don’t have the ability to access all the apps they need; and legacy apps that haven’t been optimized for a mobile ecosystem was a top challenge for 56% of respondents.

Just getting to those digital environments is a problem, the study showed, as two-thirds said government-based networks are too slow when trying to access information, compared to one-third of non-public sector industries.

The survey was commissioned in April. In June, the first-ever American Technology Council meeting took place at the White House, where the likes of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, among many other industry leaders, to take a look at the state of technology in government and how mass amounts of spending are still being geared toward decades-old infrastructure and networks.

The hours-long event that included roundtable discussions and breakout sessions was kicked off by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who shared details about government spending on technology and antiquated systems.

Kushner addressed the audience and press, explaining the federal government currently operates 6,100 data centers across the country, the “vast majority of which can be consolidated and migrated to the cloud.” He went on to explain that the Department of Defense is still using eight-inch floppy disks and the Department of Veterans Affairs online forms are mostly inaccessible to modern Internet browsers.

By a conservative estimate, Kushner said, the government is spending $80 billion annually on its IT infrastructure; two-thirds of which is being spent on maintaining legacy systems – an “unsustainable” figure, the adviser said.

The FedScoop survey only serves to back up the already noticeable lag in government IT operations.