Security remains a concern, but more companies are opting for Android for business

More and more businesses adopting Android for use in the workplace, so what the C-suite need to know about using Android for business?

As more and more businesses adopt Android as their mobile operating system of choice for business devices across the enterprise, concerns about security, the need for bespoke business functionality, and end of life support have been at the heart of c-suite worries. On average, 72% of tablets and handheld devices in businesses (excluding mobile telephones) use the Android operating system, according to recent research carried out by Opinion Matters on behalf of Panasonic Toughbook.

Tom Davison, EMEA Technical Director at mobile security specialists Lookout, said: "With Gartner predicting that by 2020, 80% of work tasks will take place on mobile devices, having the flexibility to access company information remotely is clearly transforming the way businesses and employees operate." According to IDC, over 280 million Android devices will be shipped for business use this year, making it the most popular operating system in the business world.

Andrej Sonkin, General Manager for Enterprise Business at HMD Global, added that Android have been working closely with the market to develop the in-built Android Enterprise capabilities, that provide solutions to meet real life needs. "As companies of all sizes are allowing smartphones to access sensitive company data, and the move towards digitalisation continues to drive modern use cases across the organisation, user experience, security and compatibility to Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions are key for IT decision makers," he said.

The business benefits of Android

For Innserve, an outsource service provider that specialises in the supply, installation and maintenance of beer and soft drinks dispense systems, the move to Panasonic rugged devices using Android for business was driven by need. The company opted for Panasonic's L1, a semi rugged device, running Android, for its technicians.

Kieran Delaney, IT Director at Innserve, explains that choosing Android devices meant they were quicker to market and was a key differentiator, especially since they need flexibility to make their own apps. "We work in wet environments; we work in cold environments where consumer tablets just wouldn't work. We can turn the Toughbook into wet mode and it will work that way."

Innserve employees used to turn up at depot and get a stack of paperwork. "Now they can respond to real-time needs. It allows real mobile working," Delaney said. "Android is flexible and open. iOS comes on a small number of devices."

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