Why is an EMM Solution Fundamental for Your Android Deployment?
Android is becoming the operating system (OS) of choice for enterprises within their device deployments. Improvements in security and enterprise-based OS features (Android for Work) have made the platform more appealing to users, and rugged device manufacturers have responded by releasing a large number of Android-based handhelds, tablets, and smartphone-style devices.
As a result, VDC Research reported that Android’s share of the rugged device space reached 37 percent in 2016, up from 24 percent the prior year.
However, an enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution will be fundamental in providing the necessary level of management and security for your new Android deployment. All the major EMM solutions now support Android (which was not the case in the past), and these tools can make the transition go much more smoothly. Here’s how:
When rolling out new mobile devices, time is of the essence — any downtime caused by the new implementation can damage productivity and make end user acceptance more challenging. The faster employees are equipped with the tools to complete their job, the faster they can begin executing workflows.
EMM solutions make it easy to provision new devices, load apps across devices simultaneously, and easily create and manage user-specific device profiles. SOTI MobiControl, for example, can provision corporate email, contacts, calendar apps, and security policies over the air (OTA) without end user involvement. There are also features (like barcode labeling and tracking) that can help manage the physical logistics of deploying the devices across a dispersed workforce. This can save a tremendous amount of time during the initial deployment.
Choose an EMM solution that can get Android devices up in running as fast as possible, including both corporate-owned and personal devices used in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenario. For personal devices, the EMM can use a device policy controller to manage the work profile on the device.
Solid Application Rollout
Loading a device with the business-critical applications required needs to be done securely, but with the flexibility that ensures mobile workers can do their jobs anywhere and anytime.
Using an EMM solution allows companies to create separate enterprise-based app stores so that employees can keep work and personal applications separate on the device. EMM also enables companies to control access to corporate files and documents and centrally enforce Internet use policies and access. The EMM also makes it easy to remotely update corporate apps across users simultaneously, without disrupting workflows.
Customers using Zebra mobile devices typically used Zebra’s AppGallery to load applications. However, that solution is being retired. The SOTI MobiControl EMM solution can now fill that gap when it coms to application loading and updating.
EMM solutions also provide an additional layer of security for protection beyond what is available on the device itself or via the corporate network. An EMM can detect the “trustworthiness” of a device prior to deployment, and prevent users from downloading unauthorized apps that may contain malware or viruses.
EMM solutions also help the IT department enforce and manage passwords, certificates and data breaches, and provide virus prevention and remediation capabilities.
Mobile devices (regardless of OS) present a unique logistics challenge when it comes to device management. Tech support can’t just come to the user’s desk when there is a problem — they may be in the field, at a customer site, or halfway around the globe. Your mobile device management solutions should offer your enterprise IT department the tools it needs to efficiently and profitably support mobile users.
EMM solutions allow support staff to remotely view and support devices, and manage communication expenses and data thresholds. They also provide location tracking and reporting, as well as the ability to remotely lock down or wipe a device that has been lost or stolen.
With an EMM tool like the SOTI MobiControl solution, your enterprise will benefit from industry leading Android management capabilities across the largest variety of Android devices regardless of OS version or device manufacturer. SOTI gives your enterprise the freedom to choose the Android devices that best fit their business. Contact an expert at Miles Data to learn more about SOTI MobiControl.