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How 5 tech giants are mobilizing the enterprise

Sarah K. White | March 14, 2016
Smartphones and tablets are working their way deeper into the enterprise thanks in part to initiatives from major tech companies that look to sweeten the deal for businesses.

Android for Work, offered through Google, lets Android users keep their personal data and corporate data separated on one device. In addition to Android for Work, Samsung has also committed to deploying security updates as soon as possible for all enterprise devices, so that there will always be limited security lag when threats are discovered.

The company also introduced the Enterprise Device Program, which allows businesses to upgrade devices on a two-year cycle so that employees can always have the most recent version of the Galaxy flagship smartphone. The two-year cycle starts from the device’s availability, so if a new employee is given a Galaxy S7 just a few months before the release of the next device, IT will still be able to upgrade that employee’s device.

Apple

While Microsoft’s Windows and Office suite might be synonymous with the modern corporate environment, Apple has edged its way into a number of industries with growing adoption of MacBook notebooks and iPhones. But in terms of mobility, most companies have only adopted the iPhone rather than iPads on a large-scale basis. However, that’s aimed to change with the recent release of the iPad Pro, which is a tablet-hybrid device that can be equipped with a proprietary keyboard.

Beyond the iPad Pro, Apple has also held a strong focus on helping businesses deploy and build business apps. Through its partnership with IBM, Apple has helped businesses better utilize corporate data in mobile formats, while also keeping it protected through the IBM MobileFirst initiative. Apple bases its enterprise initiatives on the fact that iOS has been known for its reliability and MDM features. These apps don’t stop at the iPhone, however, they extend to the iPad and Apple Watch as well.

Compared to other companies mentioned in this list, Apple offers the most in the way of enterprise-built apps. It’s also a user-friendly platform that most employees can acclimate to if they aren’t familiar with iOS, making the learning curve a little less steep for company-wide deployment. However, one thing does stand out as lacking when compared to other enterprise offerings, and that’s anything in the way of warranties outside of the traditional Apple Care, upgrade incentives or any discounts.

Google

As far as hardware goes, Google hasn’t made a huge impact on the enterprise, but its Chromebook devices are gaining popularity in education thanks to their affordability and portability. However, Google’s mobile operating system, Android, has been gaining a foothold in the enterprise as more security and enterprise features enter the scene. One major feature Google has introduced with the last year is Android for Work, which incentivizes companies that embrace or accept BYOD in the workplace.

 

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