BlackBerry, a pioneer in smartphone market, was a popular device among enterprises. The platform is well integrated with email systems and provides secure hardware. Though it was accepted as the de facto device in the enterprise world, has recently seen a great decline due to lack of innovation leaving with only 3% of market share globally. Successfully migrating from a BlackBerry to Android mobile environment involves a combination of thoughtful planning and proper execution. As always, a good place to start is to find out what employees are really using and what they want to use.

Here are some reasons why Android is preferred over BlackBerry

  • BlackBerry’s inability to filter the content and restricting apps (some or all) download inabilities to adapt swiftly new paradigms such as touch screens and app ecosystem pioneered by Google and Apple
  • Android manufacturers have made the smartphones affordable along with providing advanced features.
  • Faster power up time,  support for respectable browser like Chrome, Firefox etc.
  • Android is based on Linux, it’s open source and it’s non-proprietary. There are range of devices that enterprises can choose from Android has an app for almost every situation and since its inception, Android primarily focuses on enhancing user experience with the use of applications. With hundreds of thousands of apps in the Google Play, users will be overwhelmed by truckloads of apps that easily integrate with the Android OS to cater to their needs.
  • In terms of hardware, Android by far has the most numerous choices of smartphones to date. Mobile phone manufacturers like Sony Ericsson, Samsung, HTC and Motorola offer customers a wide variety of smartphones to choose from.
  • When it comes to software, Android can run multiple apps at the same time as it has swap-space management, a luxury that not all mobile devices support due to hardware limitations.
  • Android has ActiveSync built in natively, which allows you to easily synchronize contacts, mails and personal information once the device is paired to a desktop computer. BlackBerry on the other hand requires some installation of software and a server.

Preparing to switch from BlackBerry?

Here are few pointers to help ensure business continuity, lower total cost of ownership and deliver a higher return on investment:

  1. Review your overall business requirements, processes and security needs to determine the right mix of productivity and security. By investing in the right tools and solutions and using specific mobile platform features and applications, even organizations with the most stringent security requirements can obtain a desirable level of end-user productivity while protecting their data and networks.
  2. Segment the mobile platforms and align them with specific application types that your organization can allow while adhering to its security definitions.
  3. Define mobility strategy and divide your employees in different groups according to the tier they fall into. If you are planning to allow BYOD it is very important that you have BYOD strategy and policies in place.
  4. You’ll also need a contingency plan for when a device malfunctions, breaks or goes out of warranty to make sure employees remain productive and there’s no break in a revenue stream.

1Mobility, an enterprise mobility management solution can help you to forward your mobility strategy. We are partners with Samsung, HTC and large distributors in various markets and can extend great offers to exchange legacy BlackBerry devices with Android devices, which provide enterprise level security and bring lot of productivity tools and better user experience. We can also help you to build your mobility infrastructure like setting up policies for bring-your-own-device (BYOD), security configuration, Email and Apps management via central web console. For more details please contact us at info@1mobility.com