There's no denying the impact mobile technology continues to make on businesses of all sizes. Employees are able to stay tethered to their work at any hour of the day no matter their location. This improved flexibility makes organizations more nimble, more efficient and ultimately, more profitable.
As the preeminent smartphone operating system, the Android platform offers enterprises a chance to supercharge their operations by taking advantage of mobility. Let's look more closely at how Google's mobile OS can make a difference at your office.
Mobile Devices Already Being Used for Business
A 2014 study by IDG Enterprise Mobility revealed two-thirds of all smartphone users and nearly half of tablet users perform work-related tasks on their devices. It is easy to assume those numbers have risen over the past two years. The business world is definitely embracing mobile technology.
With companies increasingly adopting a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategy, combined with strong MDM (Mobile Device Management) and governance policies, employees feel empowered to use their own mobile devices at the office. In fact, the enterprise mobility market is expected to grow to over $266 billion by the end of the decade.
Android Use Growing at Enterprises
Despite Android's relative dominance in the smartphone market, Apple's iOS still garners more business use in this post-Blackberry era. Those numbers are beginning to change. Earlier Android versions suffered from security issues, but recent updates fixed many of those problems by leveraging data encryption and providing safer access to an organization's IT services using Security Enabled Linux.
SE Linux enables sandboxing, which prevents nefarious malware from accessing important applications and data. This makes network administrators more comfortable about employees using their Android devices on the company network.
Best Android MDM Practices
Google recommends administrators responsible for the office MDM policy restrict users from downloading applications from sources other than the Google Play store. Ensure any devices in use at the office regularly receive Android security updates. Additionally, segregate all user and business data on each device so personal apps can't access company data, and employees' own photos and content remain private.
Most importantly, all corporate data needs to be encrypted across the network, along with each employee's personal mobile device. Requiring a password or PIN when logging in to a smartphone or tablet provides another security layer. Following these insights helps your organization take advantage of Android at the enterprise.
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