Planning and Executing your Migration.
With Microsoft ending support for Windows handheld mobile computers and most of the mobility industry switching to Android, now’s the time to develop your OS migration plan. To help you ensure a smooth and successful transition, our experts at TPI have put together these six steps to follow in planning and executing your migration.
Choose Your Strategy and Budget
Define your mobile computing and application requirements and the workflows your new Android devices will need to support. Examine how you’re currently using handheld mobile computers and consider how they’ll need to be used in the future. This should be the biggest driver in creating your migration plan.
You’ll also want to analyze your current security, compliance, and device management to plan for those elements in your migration. You’ll also need to define a budget to cover all your related costs.
Select New Mobile Devices
Fortunately, when you switch to Android, there are many opportunities to upgrade to new devices with better mobile performance, computing power, battery life, and scanning capabilities. For example, the new TC8000 Android touch mobile computer from Zebra enables a 14% increase in worker productivity per shift, thanks to an ergonomic design that eliminates the need to tilt the device to confirm scanning results. Its touch interface also enables 40% faster data entry with 60% fewer errors.
You can also take advantage of Zebra’s hands-free devices such as the WT6000 wearable computer to create further process efficiencies in your business.
Importantly, upgrading to Android also provides an opportunity to strengthen your device and data security. Zebra’s enterprise mobile device management gives you complete control over every device, app, and network connection. Over-the-air updates also make it easy to apply the latest security patches and OS updates.
Redevelop Your Apps
If you’re running business applications and databases on an older Windows handheld OS, you’ll need to port them or rewrite them. Unless your apps are already compatible with Android, rewriting them is your only option.
Even if your applications and databases are Android-compatible, you’ll still need to migrate them, which may require reconfiguration.
If you’re moving to new hardware and Android, there’s a good chance wired networks and wireless LAN will need to be reconfigured as well.
Fortunately, app redevelopment for Android is greatly simplified thanks to Android’s open architecture and vast developer resources, which include sample code. You can also get help with app development and modernization as well as optimizing your apps and incorporating voice-enabled functionality by working with our team at TPI.
We’ve managed successful Android migrations for many of our clients and have access to tools and resources that greatly simplify the transition of your apps and operations to Zebra’s Android-powered hardware.
Test, Train, and Deploy
Rewriting and migrating applications and databases requires extensive and intensive testing. You don’t want to discover bugs and other issues after your migration, so make sure to plan sufficient testing time and thoroughly test all your devices, applications, and networks before you officially make the switch.
You’ll also want to train all of your employees on your new Android devices and apps, but thankfully this is relatively simple with Android. The Android user interface is extremely intuitive and easy to use, and many workers already use it on their smartphones and tablets.
Need More Advice for Your Migration?
If you need any help with planning your migration and choosing the right hardware, contact our Android migration experts at TPI. We’ll be happy to provide a free consultation and recommendation. Call 614-227-7000, visit www.tpi1.com, or email Sales@tpi1.com. Or sign up for our seminar July 12, 2018. Register Today/Limited Seating. Details Click Here.