Making your Android Deployment a Success

A hardware refresh isn’t just a hardware refresh—especially when you’re changing the operating system. Microsoft Windows Mobile and Windows CE are sunsetting extended support this year. Analysts are calling these operating systems a dead end. Android is the clear winner as the operating system of choice for rugged mobile computers.

UPGRADE YOUR MOBILE COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT AND KEEP DISRUPTIONS TO A MINIMUM
Adopting new technology is disruptive—new devices always cause workers a bit of angst. Your workers know their jobs, and now they’re being asked to maintain performance while learning something new. Rugged Android devices come in a variety of forms, from familiar PDA-style and traditional pistol-grips, to wearables and tablets. Though the shapes vary, the Android OS remains common. For workers, that familiarity with their personal smartphones helps ease adoption. And since Android does so much with on-screen controls, the OS becomes core to their navigation.

DEPLOY HARDWARE FIRST, SOFTWARE SECOND…
From the mobile app perspective, user experience is the key. Some deployments are more successful by deploying the new hardware while keeping the mobile app interface the same. For example, maintaining the traditional terminal emulation interface, while workers get accustomed to the new Android mobile device. Alternatively, some organizations find it works better for their business to go “all-in” on the new Android experience—bringing those legacy telnet or browser apps to Android with a modernized UI, all at once.

HOW CAN WE HELP?
Barcoding’s job is to help you evaluate your environment, understand your options, and determine the best approach for your business.

However, the job does not end with deployment—you still need to manage these Android devices, just as with existing Windows solutions. Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) pulls together the device management, app updating, security protection, and more—all the tools you need to keep your business at top performance. EMM for Android isn’t new, and already offers enterprise-grade controls that are ready for your mobile deployment. Additionally, they’re mature enough to scale with your business, so you have the peace of mind you’ve counted on with your legacy platforms. You have options and we are here to help!

To gain valuable insight on best practices related to Android migration and enterprise mobility management, please contact Barcoding, Inc. today. We are here to help.

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