Weekly Enterprise Mobility Wrap-up: Oct 26-30
In this week’s wrap-up, I see lots of interesting trends, announcements, and news in the mobility world. Tablets in the enterprise may not garner much popularity, with the exception of Windows Surface tablets. Apple is showing they understand how important it is for them to gain traction in the enterprise. Google is unifying their OS’s. And as always, security is one factor of great importance that impacts rollout of mobility.
Google is merging its Chrome OS into Android
Google is reportedly looking to unify their current operating systems into one standard Android version. This could be seen as an effort to appeal to developers, in that they could potentially develop apps that would run across all Google-supported devices. This is also an approach that Microsoft has taken recently with their introduction of Windows 10, which works across all devices as well.
4 Crucial Steps to Developing an Enterprise Mobility Strategy
Deploying a mobile strategy, that is, deciding on how mobile can enhance productivity for employees, requires that you understand your end users and ultimately how you envision them using mobile apps. Once you know your audience, selecting what platforms to support (iOS, Android, and/or Windows Phone) plus knowing how your company will go about developing the mobile apps (native or hybrid?) will give you a good foundation for supporting mobility.
Security concerns block the adoption of enterprise mobility
The ability to roll out a mobile solution in the enterprise almost inevitably is restricted in some way by security concerns. In fact, the vast majority of organizations are battling with this. It comes as no surprise that mobile causes concerns, what with employees wanting to access sensitive data from outside of the firewall. A common measure to overcome some of these challenges is to adopt two factor authentication. Indeed, a great number of IT departments are either using or are planning to use 2FA.
Windows Tablet Sales Boosted By Enterprise Demand
Despite tablets at one point garnering attention from the consumer space, they have yet to gain traction in the enterprise. The Microsoft line of Surface tablets on the other hand, have ramped up to strong sales among business users. It could be that there is greater support for apps that the enterprise needs, or the keyboard and larger surface area in comparison to the iPad and Android tablets. Not only that, they integrate better with existing IT security practices.
Apple earnings growth hangs on enterprise use
Apple is no doubt seeing record growth as of late, but they also recognize that in order to remain a major player in the mobile market they must appeal to the enterprise. Each new version of their iOS platform comes with enhanced security features that appeal to IT. In addition to which they have made a number of key partnerships recently that help them penetrate the enterprise vertical, such as the deal they made with IBM to deliver enterprise apps to key industries.