The end goal in terms of how technology should fit into the workplace lies in increased productivity and government workplaces are no exception. Paper files must be transformed into digital archives in order for users to be able to work with information intelligently. Federal Computer Week reported on research collected after 150 government managers were polled ranging from defense to civilian agencies, as stated in "Managers Knock Information Management Efforts."
This polls comes a year after President Barack Obama signed a memorandum that pushed for a 21st century information management to be developed and implemented.
In the article, learned of the struggles that government workers have dealt with:
Several managers said the use of paper records rather than digital solutions hampered agency record-keeping. Inadequate resources were deemed the largest obstacle to agencies in their efforts to overhaul information management. Another roadblock was the absence of a comprehensive strategy: 66 percent of managers said information management requires an agencywide approach. Despite the heavy focus on paper in the federal government, some agencies have pushed forward on their digitalizing efforts in hopes of seeing an IT transformation, the survey report noted.
The kicker comes when data has been digitized and users must locate and analyze data to make decisions. Organizations, whether in the business or government sector need information delivered in near real-time. Solutions from innnovative firms like PolySpot are the software packages to keep in mind.
Megan Feil, October 11, 2012