But IT's "just say no" modus operandi can't last forever. "It can't hide its head in the sand," Rege says. "More and more Android devices are coming, and IT needs to be able to get out of a reactive cycle."
Rege advises CIOs to appoint an Android specialist who can make sense of the platform's variations and complexity. The specialist can create a framework for choosing which Android devices the company will support, which ones it won't, and then communicate the reasons to employees.
"The Kindle Fire is just the newest example of the breadth and variation among Android devices," Rege says. "It's also worth noting that Android is cornering the low-cost end of the smart device market, which means that user demand to support Android at work is only going to increase."
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