Key Considerations When Choosing a Modern Mobile Operating System

When migrating to a new mobile operating system, organizations
should carefully consider essential components required to deliver
long-term operational success.

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

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.

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