We had some great questions last week about mobile OS so I decided to write a few more blogs about some of them. Today we have a top 10 check list to help you choose the right mobile OS for your enterprise.
1. Need an app?
Have you already got an app or solution that works on a particular OS. If so then you might be tied to the OS already.
2. Expertise available
What expertise have you got at your disposal? Do you have .NET developers already? Will IOS or Android resource be easy to find and available within your budget?
Perhaps one of Microsoft’s few remaining big USP’s is to make sure your mobile devices can integrate and communicate effectively, securely and easily with your back end servers.
How familiar does the device need to be? Having a bunch of Android loving Engineers might mean adopting the same OS for their mobile work tool is the clever option, saving on training and even end user satisfaction.
5. Choice of devices
Android, IOS and Windows Mobile will all have restrictions on the type of device you can use. IOS only runs on non-rugged Apple kit, Android is here but tends to run on more smartphone form factor rugged devices and Windows mobile still has the greatest choice, but for how long?
6. Upgrade paths
Do you understand the upgrade paths of each OS, how long will it be current and how easy will it be to update and stay supported?
What kind of features do you need for your mobile application. If RFID is core then IOS is out. If you need a feature packed OS with the latest abilities then Windows Mobile is perhaps not the way to go.
8. What will the device be used for?
Make sure you know what the device is going to be used for. If it’s going to be kept open so users can use the phone, texts email etc then things like familiarity might become more important. If it’s doing 1 task and locked to that task then developing an app quickly with resources you already have might be the most important factor to consider.
9. Data capture features
Which OS is best for building in barcode scanning or RFID features into my application. Android takes a very different “intent” based approach to the older SDK way Windows Mobile handles these kinds of features. IOS is reliant on the supplying hardware.
10. Supporting applications
Whilst enterprise solutions tend to not use the “App store” of an OS, it still might be important to know just how easily you can get certain process driving apps on top your devices. It’s also important to understand if the essential apps you need to use for Mobile device management or Kiosking are available for the chosen OS.