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The Great Mobility Migration

by Felicia Jordan

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Mobility has become entrenched in the enterprise — from the warehouse to the field service technician’s truck to the smartphone in the vice president’s back pocket. Investments in mobile line-of-business solutions have been steep, and for many companies the technology has gone through several iterations over the course of decades.

And in most of those instances, the solutions in place look very similar. They include Windows-based mobile computers, the majority of them supporting 2G or 3G wireless communications. Relying on those existing platforms has allowed companies to migrate to newer hardware while maintaining their existing investment in current software systems — and without significant business disruption.

That is about to change dramatically. Microsoft is ending support for its existing mobile operating systems (Windows Mobile/Embedded Handheld and Windows CE), and wireless carriers are transitioning to new LTE high-speed wireless networks while ending support for their existing network infrastructure.

These changes mean the cost of hanging onto legacy mobile technology will grow as these devices become more difficult to maintain and wireless network options close off. What’s more, even those companies that opt to deploy mobile devices based on the new Windows 10 platform will still need to upgrade their software, middleware, and mobile device management systems, as the new OS will not provide backward compatibility.

This great disruption in the channel presents many opportunities to help customers refresh their technology to a current operating system like Android, with a guaranteed 10-year support structure in place. And fortunately for the channel (and its customers), Zebra leads the way in the number of Android mobile devices built for the enterprise. Zebra has even established Application Migration Services meant to help your customers make the switch to Android without having to rewrite their entire applications from scratch.


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