Android Management in Business

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As the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona kicked off this week, a lot of people are looking at bettering their Android management in business and reducing the security risks, especially as more employees prefer using their own devices within the work environment.

Businesses are turning to Android, which was released less than four years ago, yet many enterprises are concerned about the security of Android’s open-source software.

Wolfram Trost of Siemens stated that employees prefer using their private devices as they already know how to use them. Unfortunately, “it’s not always easy because security requirements need to be fulfilled.”

Android smartphones accounted for 50.9% of all smartphone sales to end users by the end of last quarter, up from 30.5 percent a year earlier, according to researcher Gartner Inc. Sales of iPhones also rose, while fewer people bought devices running Symbian or BlackBerry.

Enterprises are facing an increasingly technology-savvy staff and pressure to let employees use their own personal devices for business tasks like sending e-mail or making presentations.

“There is no way the IT manager of a large investment bank is going to allow you to have such a myriad devices as those running the Android platform,’’ said Shannon Cross, an analyst at Cross Research in Livingston, New Jersey. “It seems like a nightmare to manage. That’s probably going to be a problem for the foreseeable future.”

But the solution is much closer than Shannon Cross estimates. In fact, there is already a solution available for Android management in business – 2X MDM.

2X MDM allows administrators to manage Android devices via an easy to use online dashboard. Administrators can adjust Android devices security settings and monitor the locations of every device in real time. All communications between devices and the server are secure, and administrators can see every single app on each device, deploy apps directly or remove apps which are not approved.

Android management in business doesn’t have to be the nightmare that has been predicted. Sign up for your free 2X MDM account today.

Sean Bianco is the marketing documentalist and technical writer at Parallels. With a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Networking and a three year background in software quality assurance testing and usability engineering, Sean is a subject matter expert in mobility and smartphone, app and device management. He is well-versed in developing technical articles and determining market trends. His excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with emphasis on understanding relationships between technical problems, result in sound and effective business solutions.