You may decide to have a fleet of smartphones that are owned and managed by your organization. The benefits of control and centralized management speak for themselves with the cost weighing on the other side of the decision. If you make the decision to move forward, you will be faced with questions about carriers, device, plans and which operating system – iOS or Android – makes the most sense for your smartphone program.
Android Wins on Flexibility
Openness is the key differentiator when looking at Android for smart phones. If you are planning to heavily integrate your backend systems or applications, some have found more issues integrating systems due to the proprietary nature of iOS. Further, the ability to deploy custom apps without waiting on review period is helpful. Most businesses, however, will not fall into this category.
Apple Wins on Usability and Familiarity
Since iOS tends to be the phone of choice for most professionals, your business may find it best for your mobile workforce. The Apple ecosystem with iPad, personal iPhones and even Apple Watches have become a key part of every day for so many in the US and elsewhere. Apple in the last few releases of iOS has tightened up their enterprise capabilities to ensure security in connecting back to protected corporate networks.
Let Your People Decide
Ultimately, your team may have the best input as both operating systems have matured to the point that neither is a non-starter. It is useful to see if there is overwhelming support in your organization for one or the other.
It is important to point out that many organizations have gone down the BYOD (bring your own device) path. Given the security enhancements put in place for enterprises by both operating systems, be sure to think it through before expending the cash and administrative energy related to a phone program in your business.
We specialize in security and can help you determine how to maintain a secure network while accomplishing business objectives. With questions about supplying your team with smartphones, contact Superior Technology Solutions online at www.superiortechnology.com or via phone at (845) 735-3555.
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