Critical.
Authoritative.
Strategic.
Subscribe to CIO Magazine »

Parliament gets ready for BYOD, gears up for mobility

DPS is creating a BYOD policy, piloting Windows tablets

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is developing a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy and is equipping staff with mobile devices as part of its ICT reorganisation, the new CIO, Eija Seittenranta told CIO Australia.

Seittenranta, who was confirmed as CIO for the DPS on January 3, said the BYOD policy is being created for the department's ‘one stop shop’, which is part of a reshuffle of ICT services and staff. Seittenranta is responsible for implementing the key ICT changes set out in the Roche report (PDF).

“What we are really working towards is a bring-your-own-device policy and to be able to support a range of self-managed devices where we can still provide our contents safely,” she said.

“The target is to have the technical aspects resolved, as well as to have the moves of the support capabilities from the other departments into DPS completed… So when the next parliament comes in after the election, they would get the new one-stop offer.”

The DPS is also piloting a small volume of Windows-based tablets, Seittenranta said, as the department looks to broaden support for mobile devices. So far, 57 iPads have been provided to staff, with five provided to presiding officers, she said.

“Our user base is fairly small, we’ve only got 4000 users overall and out of those a fairly small portion would be highly mobile in the BYOD category. For example, I think there’s 256 parliamentarians that we support [as well as] their senior staff.”

To further support mobility, Seittenranta said the DPS is expanding the Wi-Fi access points in Parliament House and is offering more bandwidth to the electorate offices.

“We’re now replacing an old 2Mbps link with a 10Mbps link,” she said. “That was kicked off before Christmas and we should have completed that roll out by the end of March.”

In addition, the DPS is looking at deploying Citrix XenDesktop this year for staff to access data and work systems more seamlessly. Seittenranta said the virtual desktop that was piloted last year would also be deployed on tablet devices and laptops.

Follow Rebecca Merrett on Twitter: @Rebecca_Merrett

Follow CIO Australia on Twitter and Like us on Facebook… Twitter: @CIO_Australia, Facebook: CIO Australia, or take part in the CIO conversation on LinkedIn: CIO Australia

Join the CIO Australia group on LinkedIn. The group is open to CIOs, IT Directors, COOs, CTOs and senior IT managers.

More about: Citrix, Facebook, Roche
References show all
Comments are now closed.
Related Coverage
Related Whitepapers
Latest Stories
Community Comments
Tags: Parliament CIO, Wi-Fi, CIO Eija Seittenranta, Parliament, bring your own device, Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS), Windows tablets, iPads, BYOD, ICT, mobility, Citrix Zendesktop, bandwidth
Latest Blog Posts
Whitepapers
  • Performance in Supply Chain
    Delivering more products, heightened quality and shortened customers with flawless execution and minimal business interruption defines your supply chain success. This report discusses a newly developed end-to-end solution with the right tools to efficiently procure, assemble, ship and deliver the goods your customers want, when they want them.
    Learn more »
  • Top 20 Critical Security Controls - Compliance Guide
    Simply being compliant is not enough to mitigate attacks and protect critical information. Organizations can reduce chances of compromise by shifting away from a compliance-driven approach. This guide provides the Top 20 Critical Security Controls (CSCs) developed by the SANS Institute to address the need for a risk-based approach to security.
    Learn more »
  • Migrating from BlackBerry? See Our Trusted Method.
    Are your business leaders demanding a migration plan from BlackBerry? Let the mobile experts at Good help you migrate without migraines. Our Professional Services team has deep experience supporting Fortune 500 organizations through the transition; read this sample planning chart and see our trusted method.
    Learn more »
All whitepapers
rhs_login_lockGet exclusive access to Invitation only events CIO, reports & analysis.
Latest Jobs
Salary Calculator

Supplied by

View the full Peoplebank ICT Salary & Employment Index

Recent comments

Computerworld
ARN
Techworld
CMO