The Workforce Mobility Revolution is upon us and with it brings a tremendous opportunity for organizations to increase their operational efficiencies and productivity while at the same time save money. New technologies and consumer-friendly hardware and software running on enterprise-class platforms are making it easier than ever to deploy a successful field mobile strategy. Many organizations are already using modern rugged handheld devices and plenty more are ready to integrate them into their workflows.
While mobility is on the rise, a major shift is occurring in the mobile operating system (OS) landscape. Devices that have been deployed for over a decade are reaching end-of-life and new options are emerging. As Microsoft prepares to end support for existing Windows mobile OS devices in 2020, other players have made in-roads. Google has transformed its Android OS into an enterprise-ready platform with a user interface that mirrors that of consumer-grade devices making adoption infinitely easier.
Choosing a new mobile OS is just the beginning. Before making a decision, organizations should consider requirements from the IT department, mobile workforce and developers. Applications may need to be rewritten, data transferred and new devices provisioned. New technologies such as beacons, sensors, Near Field Communication (NFC) and GPS bring new functionalities that can give organizations a competitive edge. Security also plays a critical role, and there are many facets to examine: the device, safeguarding data, company protocols and industry requirements.
This paper explains what each platform offers along with the features and technologies available to help you make an informed decision when choosing a mobile OS. Whether you are just getting into the mobile space or dealing with devices that are reaching end-of-life, this white paper provides an overview of key features and considerations to keep in mind as you consider which OS is right for your organization.