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Best practices for an enterprise Android deployment

22/01/2015 by


If you haven't already integrated Android into your mobile strategy, it should be next on your to-do list. Here are some best practices to make sure your Android deployment goes smoothly. 

Supporting Android in the enterprise is no longer optional, it is necessary. With Android holding on to a solid majority of global smartphone market share, it's high time enterprise IT managers started integrating Android into their mobile strategy.

Enterprise mobility is constantly changing, and the recent rise of trends like BYOD are broadening the idea of what it means to be a mobile-savvy organization. Big businesses no longer have the option to pick and choose how they will engage mobile, and that especially applies to Android.

"Mobility is about putting data and computing in the hands of your employees so that they can use the technologies of their choice to better do their work," said Ojas Rege, VP of strategy for MobileIron. "An organization will have to support Android in order to get the maximum benefit from their mobility strategy."

Android, just like other major operating systems, has its fair share of advantages and disadvantages. However, there are steps you can take to make an Android deployment a little easier.

Here are some considerations to make when planning an Android deployment within your organization.

Taking first steps

All successful deployments begin with a well-thought-out plan of execution. Begin by listing your goals for the deployment and what steps you think you'll need to get there.

Mitch Black, president of MOBI, said that planning is paramount to the process when you are dealing with a large organization. Keep in mind that every step you denote will likely have to be repeated tens, hundreds, or even thousands of times, depending on how many users you have.

Next, you need to be sure your infrastructure can handle the additional support of Android apps and devices. One of the biggest barriers to Android in the enterprise is the supposed security risk it brings, so addressing security should be a high priority.

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