November 17, 2014 admin

Android For Enterprise

A confluence of market dominance by Android and the growth of BYOD policies (bring your own device) in the enterprise suggests that Android will be making its way into the enterprise in a big way. Android, Google’s open source mobile operating system, clearly has become the leader in the world of smartphone OS, recording an 81.9% market share in the third quarter of this year. By comparison, iOS (iPhone), for all of its popularity, represents a meager 12.1% market share. android blog 1
However,the iPhone is still the top company-owned smartphone, but Android devices used in companies are increasing and are most likely to be brought to work by staff, according to IDC. Also IDC calculated that during 2012, 87.7 million Android devices would be shipped to businesses and 15.1 million to individuals who would take their devices to work. (Source: Steve Ranger, “Are Android smartphones finally poised to conquer the enterprise?” www.zdnet.com, Feb. 18, 2013). At the same time, the widespread growth of the overall smartphone market and the subsequent desire of employees to use their smartphones in the workplace have prompted greater BYOD acceptance within the enterprise, with additional theoretical benefits to the business, such as lower capital costs and maintenance expenses of mobile devices. According to Gartner, the momentum growth in BYOD policies will be unstoppable in the future, as their graph below suggests. bring your own device android
All of this suggests that Android will soon have a significant role in mobile business communications. Anticipating this phenomenon and in an effort to make the Android phone more enterprise acceptable, smartphone companies like Samsung, the worldwide leader in Android mobile phone sales, have been addressing some of the concerns of IT managers with Android, the greatest of which is security. For example, in September, Samsung announced its plan to add additional security for its Android mobile phones that support its Knox security technology, which provides security from the hardware through the application layer, while retaining compatibility with the Android OS. The latest release of Android 4.0 in late 2011 does support device encryption on smartphones, but the vast number of pre-existing Android releases on several different device types that lack security will still require IT to take extra precautions in managing these devices.
According to TechCrunch, “Each version of Android has improved management and security capabilities, but the vast array of devices on the market means it’s unlikely that enterprises will ever deal with only one device type. This doesn’t negate the prominence of Android in the enterprise, it simply means CIOs must arm themselves with the right protective measures.” (Source: Neil Florio, “Enterprise Android Adoption: A CIO’s Big Dream or Worst Nightmare?” www.techcrunch.com, Nov. 17, 2012). Within specific markets, like financial services, insurance, healthcare and government, wherein mobile phone communication is regulated, enterprise IT managers are faced with additional challenges with Android devices. In addition to addressing mobile device management, including security, they must also have a compliance solution which captures, archives, and monitors text and voice messages.

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