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Android Enterprise OS Migration Services

Ready or not, your Windows CE and Windows Mobile operating systems are nearing their end of life. How quickly you adapt to a new mobile strategy could mean the difference between short-lived expectations and long-term gains.

Android OS Migration

Key Considerations for OS Migration

By 2020, Microsoft will end its support of legacy Windows products and operating systems. Moreover, your existing enterprise devices will be incompatible with most new OS (operating system) developments. The fact is your business will need to invest and rewrite applications regardless of the OS you choose. Here are some things to consider:

If you migrate today, which current OS is right for your organization?

Are there benefits of waiting until support is discontinued?

What steps do you need to take to migrate your legacy Windows applications?

The Android Opportunity

Google Android OS is gaining ground with IDC reporting the OS has 83% of the global consumer market share. Currently, there are over 74 enterprise Android device models available from 22 manufacturers and that includes an additional 40 products that have come to market within the past year. There’s good reason for its success: it’s open, flexible, compatible with Microsoft, and it offers the kind of control IT demands.

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Zebra's Enterprise Android devices ...

Flatten the Learning Curve: Enable faster training and adoption

Make Instructions Easier: Deliver friendly user experience

Pick Up the Pace: Speed up apps with more memory and processor power

Protect Operations: Tighten security and control

Provide Peace of Mind: Make replacing device parts easy

Stay Connected: Deliver improved Wi-Fi connectivity

Reduce Errors: 60% fewer mistakes made with touch screen versus push-button keyboard devices

Maximize Shifts: Battery analytics preempt interruptions

There's an Zebra device for every environment.

Strategic Systems offers the most complete portfolio of Android enterprise devices on the market. We can help you integrate all the applications and business tools you need, and configure your devices to fit any workflow. And we can help you select the right device for you application. Considerations include:

Application and environment

Data capture

Power needs

Training and ease of use

Security

Connectivity and quality

Managability, control, and support

Support and repair

Lifecycle management

Total cost of ownership

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What about my existing applications?

Strategic Systems offers comprehensive application migration services. We can help you take your legacy applications into the modern world. You'll be able to increase customer satisfaction, decrease costs, and add new and modern capabilities with our specialized skills and delivery capabilities.

Modern Terminal Emulation Migration

With the enhancements from terminal emulation partners such as Avanti and Staylinked, you can run existing green screen apps on Android mobile computer to quickly recap the benefits of mobile hardware. Modernize at your own pace to push productivity further.

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Our app modernization services help IT leaders reduce operating costs and capital spending, and will free up your team members to focus on strategic initiatives. We can help you:

Enjoy functional parity

Optimize user experience, while maintaining existing systems

Stay on green screen terminal emulation

Move to graphic user interface, at your own pace

Accelerate timelines, reduce costs, lower risks

Optimize for the next generation

Create a mobile roadmap strategy - future proof apps and architecture

Tighten security and simplify management

Are there alternatives to Android?

There are. Alternatives include Apple iOS, and Windows 8.1 and 10. It's important to consider the advantages and disadvantages when comparing mobile OS alternatives, and we can help you every step of the way. 

Windows 8.1 and 10

Advantages

  • Developers understand it and employees recognize it
  • Many of back-office systems depend upon it
  • Enterprise-ready OS
  • Clear roadmap of forthcoming features

Disadvantages

  • Very different from legacy Windows Mobile
  • Old applications will still have to be rewritten for the modern Windows OS
  • User interface is very different to Windows Mobile and unfamiliar to users of Google Android

Apple iOS

Advantages

  • Instantly recognizable interface
  • Intuitive user experience
  • Undeniable "cool factor" that comes with operating Apple devices

Disadvantages

  • Restricted choice of hardware
  • App store does not offer the same level of security as an in-house enterprise app store
  • No visibility of OS upgrades
  • No guarantees that your applications will work in the next OS update
  • Battery capacity
  • Maintaining strong wireless connections and seamless roaming
  • Slow scanning speeds

Important Dates

If your team's mobile handhelds currently run on one of the following operating systems, you're devices platform is currently unsupported or is at risk of being unsupported within the next three years.

Operating SystemGeneral Support EndsExtended Support Ends
Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5EndedJanuary 13, 2020
Windows Embedded Compact 7EndedApril 13, 2021
Windows Embedded CE 6.0 EndedEnded
Windows Embedded Handheld 8.1July 9, 2019N/A
Others (CE 5.0, WM 5.0, WM 6.1, WM 6.5, WEHH 8.0)EndedEnded

Want to learn more about OS Migration?

We can show you practical ways to prepare for impending OS changes, which solutions can make the biggest impact, how to transition smoothly, and which tools and frameworks are available to ease migration.