Few general guidelines of Using Android in Business

There are a few general guidelines that businesses looking to use the platform would do well to remember.

DO:

1.) Look before you leap

Picture a retailer of some type with a brand-new product that it either developed in-house or bought from a vendor — say, a point-of-sale system that uses commodity Android devices instead of cash registers. It’ll make sales operationally easier and dramatically improve analytics. Sounds great, right?

Unfortunately, let’s say the company is so excited to use its new system that it simply goes in one night and replaces all the old registers with the new tablets — chaos ensues, nobody has tested anything, and nobody knows how to use it. Less great.

2.) Have a plan

Emulate the Russians. Even if all you’re doing is trying to make sure employees can get secure access to their corporate email accounts via their Galaxies and Nexuses, approaching the issue in a thoughtful, deliberate way will be a lot more helpful than simply panicking and saying “quick, figure out a way for the CEO to get his damn email!”

DON’T:

1.) Ignore security

The idea that Android devices are inherently less safe than iPhones or Windows Phones may be a little misleading, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore security issues. While you’re never going to be able to protect yourself against some types of threats …

2.) Worry too much about fragmentation

Yes, there’s an enormous range of Android devices out there. Yes, there are still several main versions of the software being used. And yes, most of the major OEMs have their own customized “flavors” of Android.

But according to plenty of experts, this issue is kind of overblown. There may be some work to be done to ensure broad compatibility, but it shouldn’t be enough to put you off.

3.) Be an annoying Android hipster

Let’s be honest — the days of the snooty Apple supremacist are numbered. (Though they’re certainly still out there.) Please try not to be the Android equivalent (warning — video title is NSFW):

Do’s and don’ts for using Android in business [via networkworld.com]

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