With the growing demand for Android operating system, it has made an exclusive place for itself in the world of Operating systems. Enterprise Android app development and deployment has now become a necessity and it cannot be treated as an optional element. With Android occupying a share of >60% of the smartphone market in the world, it has become a necessary element to integrate Android into the enterprise mobile strategy, whether its android game development, business android development or other apps.
With the constant rise and modification in the trend of enterprise mobility, the present trends like BYOD (bring your own device) has added to the concept. These uprising concepts have compelled the organizations to become mobile savvy. Android doesn’t give the options to large organization for the way they want to engage the concept of mobile.
When we are speaking so much about mobility, it is necessary to clear the concept that lies behind the word mobility. Mobility is the process through which the organization gives the access of the data a computing to its employees, and its remains on the employees’ discretion on the technologies that they want to use to put in a better performance. Android provides an excellent mobile strategy and it’s beneficial for the companies to implement Android to get maximum advantage out of it.
As any other operating system, Android also contains its fair share of advantages and disadvantages. This report is written with the main intention of making the process of Android deployment easier. Take into consideration the below mention steps while planning an enterprise Android development & deployment.
Finalizing on the GOALS
For a successful deployment, well-planned and well-managed execution is very necessary. The first step should involve on deciding the goals associated with deployment and the associated actions that would help in making the deployment process successful and accomplishment of the goals. Planning is very essential when the deployment process is associated with a large organization.
You will have to be double sure that your organization is capable of handling and supporting the Android app and devices. Many organizations hesitate from bringing in Android as it has security risk associated with it. Hence security concern should be a priority. It would be very essential for the IT department to understand the Android data and connectivity architecture in order to form the data security guideline for the deployment process. A better understand would be a great help as the security model varies across the operating systems.
You can even think of using the third-party security devices like Samsung Knox or Bluebox. These would be the option when you want more security for the Android device in your network. One big help here would be knowledge about the security features of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android for work initiative is a must read in this case.
Once decided on the approach to be adopted for Android deployment, the next step would be formation of the support team. The support team should be strong enough to tackle the problems that would arise during and after the deployment process.
One of the most eminent parts of the support system is the type of device that the organization would support. In case of Android, it has the ability of providing you with more choices, but at the cost of fragmentation. The fragmentation is for the device, model and the version of the operating system.
One more issue with Android is coping up with the constant change in the mobile environment and the complexity associated with it. It would be recommendable to have one resource who is an expert in Android, as a part of the support team. This resource would be allocated for looking out and testing of the features of the new products, and impart the knowledge to the rest of the team members. One more important point to mention over here is the associated of an analytical team along with the deployment team. The analytical team would be able to analyze the deployment process.
Shipping of the APP
An enterprise supporting the Android device also means making the proprietary enterprise apps available for the users of the Android OS. The most important part of mobile adoption is the user experience, the enterprise Android adoption would turn out to be negative if the user experience offered by the organization is not easy, not intuitive and lacks the components of consumer grade user experience. Along with user-experience, data security has to be taken care of while building the app.
One point that could help in taking care of the important elements is conducting a research about the various components that helps in differentiating an Android app from another. Writing of the code is one more important step and the most important factor to be taken care of is the compatibility of the code across different platform and different devices. Another eminent factor would involve taking care of the quality before the app is launched in the market. Android app testing is considered to be a complicated process, owing to the presence of fragmentation.
Enterprise should consider the area where the app would be distributed. There are apps store where the enterprise app could be distributed. When you get connected to an enterprise app store, it facilitates the organizational device to download apps from the enterprise apps stores.
Getting into the analytical side of the kinds of apps used, it would be interesting to know the apps that the top performers in the organization use.
Mobile App Usage Stats 2015
According to a leading mobile analytics firm, mobile app usage continued to see significant growth year on year, with overall mobile app usage up by 72.5%. Top mobile app categories including shopping, utilities & productivity and messaging mobile apps also saw more than 300% growth. With 51% of time spent on mobile devices in comparison to 42% on desktops / laptops by end users in United States, global companies are partnering top mobile application development companies to develop mobile application, which keeps them ahead of curve.