Reflections on Android Enterprise – Part 1
On November 14, the team and Stefan entered the Google office in Stockholm, Sweden, to run an event focused on what Android means for the enterprise. Working with mobility for the last thirteen years, I’ve closely observed and experienced rapid changes in mobile technology.
In comes Google with Android, and “together” with Apple the touchscreen market is completely changed! Bye, bye pen/stylus and hello finger-friendly intuitive interface.
EMM solution with Android management capabilities.
Fast-forward a few years of consumer adoption and a more fast phased development. It’s 2014 and Stefan start to see the first real successful attempts to implement Android at companies within their business. It’s still, however, obvious that most Android devices focused on consumers, and without the power of an EMM solution with additional Android management capabilities it wouldn’t stand a chance within the enterprise. Hence, he is grateful that this was quickly realized and action by Google was taken to address enterprise requirements.
With the release of Android Lollipop (5.0), Google introduced their enterprise-focused solution for Android, Android for Work, that was later renamed Android Enterprise.
With that strategy in place, and the requirement that Android Enterprise be included on any GMS-certified device from Marshmallow (6.0) onwards, it was time for the next big shift of Android in the enterprise. For Google to maintain that Android is secure both for users and companies, the old ways of managing Android using Device Administrator (DA) must be replaced by Android Enterprise with Device Owner and Managed Profile. Read more about this here.
Now, it was great to be able to have a full day at the Google office in Stockholm, Sweden, to engage with customers and resellers together with Google, Sony, Zebra and Netmotion in regards to Android Enterprise. Together we brought a clear message of the great opportunities and features it brings for enterprise usage. During the day, SOTI sales engineers Fredrik and Samuel showcased live the use of Android Enterprise, different types of enrollments and especially the Zero-Touch Enrollment (ZTE). Thanks to Sony, we were able to showcase the full ZTE process from adding IMEI/Serial number in the ZTE portal to witnessing device enrollment into SOTI MobiControl.
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