Minneapolis puts Unisys in charge of BYOD

City turns to managed service provider to handle consumer-grade devices and multiple platforms.

When Minneapolis decided it was time to let city employees use iPads and their own smartphones, it opted to let a managed service provider handle it. The city's CIO considered enterprise mobility an area in which a vendor can cover a full range of services, including managing multiple platforms, reports Susan Nunziata at CIO Insight.

Minneapolis CIO Otto Doll heads up a team of 57 IT pros, who support 3,600 employees. The city's IT infrastructure was supported by Unisys prior to the enterprise mobility initiative, which made the vendor a logical choice to handle the BYOD transition.

"This is a cultural shift for the IT world," Doll said. "You really have to buy into the fact that existing technology is going to be added to, advanced, and there are going to be new things coming down the road. Once you let this bull out of the stall, he's going to be roaming around and bring friends with him over time."

So far, the city has purchased 85 iPads for employees, and an additional 85 employees have brought their own to work.  Efficiency has improved noticeably, particularly during meetings, Doll said. The policy also permits workers to use their own smartphones running Apple iOS or the Android operating system.

For more:
- see Susan Nunziata's article at CIO Insight

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