#GeekTankTuesday: Bonus! Strategies for Android Migration

Surprise! We are back with a bonus post in our #GeekTankTuesday series. If you missed last week’s post, you can check it out here.

This Week’s Speakers
Each of our Geek Tank events this summer included a Live Panel discussion with #SupplyChainGeek experts. Keep reading to learn what they had to say about Android migration.

Tackling Android Migration
Android migration is no small task. It takes time, resources, and initiative, but there are plenty of strategies that can help make the switch as smooth as possible for your organization.

Make a Plan
As with anything, it’s important to make a plan before taking action. There are many factors to consider, from employee training, to technical support, to getting a competitive advantage for your organization. One way to start is to build a roadmap. This can help you break down the process into easy-to-manage steps that can help you feel less overwhelmed, no matter the scale of the implementation. As you make your plan, try to consider migration as a circular process. Once you make the transition, it is important to check back to assess how it’s going and consider any changes that need to be made.

Get Involved
Now, once you’ve made a plan, how do you make sure you are including all parties, across departments? Will your end user be in the loop? It is valuable to get input from the people that are going to be using the new devices in their everyday, like warehouse operators. Understand that it is a process of continual growth, and have strategies prepared to help guide users to use their individual skillsets as they test out new systems. Having a partner can help as well, especially if your organization is not in software development.

Choices to Consider
Android offers many more capabilities, vendors and customization, which means exciting new opportunities, but also a learning curve. Your first goal should be to get everything up and running, which requires hardware. Consumer grade hardware has an average of 3 years of support, but we can help you make your technology more sustainable. Can any of your devices be carried over? Do you want dedicated devices, or single purpose devices? These considerations can help you determine where to allocate your budget and which kinds of products to seek out. Another big concern is security. Regulations on personal information are only going to become more strict. Think about how you want your devices to be secured, and what kind of systems you will want.

Still Curious?
If you take the time to make an effective strategy and leverage your resources, the time and money you put into Android migration can be a great investment in the long-term. Barcoding, Inc. and our partners can help, so please contact us for all of your mobile computing needs. To learn about more topics on Android, find the full transcript from each of our interviews here.

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