US Gov't won't ditch BlackBerry, security paramount
posted by Victor H. / Apr 05, 2012, 10:09 AM
Recently, we heard reports about agencies inside the US Government ready to make the switch to the iPhone, and in some places Android could also have been considered, but now a Washington Post article reports that President Obama and the whole administration have to and will stick to their BlackBerries. Why? It’s all about security, not wants, and while many would like to make the switch to the now more popular iPhone and Android devices, they remain bound to the ‘Berries.
"We appreciate RIM’s focus on security, which is paramount for government use,” Casey Coleman, chief information officer at the General Services Administration (GSA), explained.
Of course, many people still love their BlackBerries, the whole email experience, BBM and the long battery life, and with LTE phones usually not lasting the day, there is a reason for that.
It’s also worth mentioning that the transition to a new mobile platform will be pricey. Not only the phones, the whole platform underneath them has to adapt. At the same time, CIO Coleman confirms that “where appropriate” new technologies are being adopted.
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There is the one last straw that keeps RIM in existence... Once that's gone,so are they.
posted on Apr 05, 2012, 10:32 AM 3
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you are right.obama will not get another term.but rim is very popular in indonesia.why?
posted on Apr 05, 2012, 10:40 AM 2
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The way they run the government, a Blackberry is all they can probably figure out anyway; without having to appoint a Special Committee, of course. Here's to democracy (and, the stupiDiTy that can come with it).
posted on Apr 05, 2012, 10:35 AM 1
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You prefer a Monarchy? Doesn't matter what bloody type of control that exists man like always takes advantage of it because that is what power does to people it corrupts. Just check through history for lessons throughout all of history. Nothing will work when man likes to have more than another man simply because it makes him feel better than the other guy. Funny thing about this, the Military is doling out Android to their men but the gov't is sticking to BB. So does that mean that all the BB issued to Government employees are routed to a server run by the Government so they can keep tabs and checks on you, probably so. I can't see the US government allowing RIM to keep their employees info on RIM's servers.
posted on Apr 05, 2012, 11:11 AM 4
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Battery life of BBs? Who are they kidding? A friend who has been issued a 9930 says that the battery is gone by the end of each day. In fringe coverage areas, the battery can be gone in half a day. The RAZR MAXX keeps going and going and going....
posted on Apr 05, 2012, 12:05 PM 1
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Realize that the gov' has to say something/anything to justify its' actions/purchases; like a few years ago when they were paying $200 for toilet seats and $25 for cupcakes (remember, 20/20 and Nightline aired extensive reports). Same thing with their Blackberry contract (s). sidebar: and going, and going, and going .....
posted on Apr 05, 2012, 12:36 PM 1
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Why so many thumbs down? You mad Bro? Btw i thumbed up the above guy :)
posted on Apr 05, 2012, 1:15 PM 4
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If the government were to drop BB, the transition would be fairly simple. Most of the government works off Exchange servers and EAS is integrated already (I know there are parts of National Park Service that use Lotus Domino servers though). The trade-off being that there are a pitiful fraction of policies to manage. But, the removal of BES from the architecture would not pose a serious migration problem. The real problem would be all the mind-numbing "how do I do this?" crap that would occur amongst all the bureaucrats trying to figure out how to turn their devices on/off/vibrate/make a call, et al - that alone would...yikes!
posted on Apr 05, 2012, 10:41 PM 0
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