3 Ways to Choose Mobile Computers for Enterprise OS Migration

3 Ways to Choose Mobile Computers for Enterprise OS Migration

By now, you have probably heard that Microsoft is phasing out support on Windows-embedded devices. The first stages of the process are well underway, and come January 14th, 2020, all devices will be End of Life (EoL).

These are the dates to be aware of:

  • June 10th, 2018 – Windows Embedded CE 6.0 will be EoL
  • June 9th, 2019 – Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld will be EoL
  • January 14th, 2020 – Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 will be EoL

It’s time to start planning to migrate over to another operating system (OS). You will need to have an OS migration strategy in place for your mobile computers, as Windows-embedded devices will no longer receive updates or security patches, leaving devices vulnerable to attack from viruses and malware. You’ll also be unable to add any new applications to mobile computers, meaning your operation’s growth could be stifled.

Here’s how you can get started:

Choose a Provider

Choosing a mobile computer means investing into your operation, and that shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you’re in the process of OS migration, the right provider will be instrumental in successfully navigating the switch.

Your provider should:

Provide more than hardware

When you choose a provider, you aren’t just selecting which source you want to use for your devices, you are selecting valuable resource you can use for advice, maintenance, and support.

Understand the technology and industry

To really know which solutions would provide the most benefit to you, your provider must understand your industry, your operation, and your needs. A good provider will know how to best apply each solution, and which solutions would be optimal in addressing the challenges you face.

Recommend a long-term solution

You can tell if a provider is invested in your business by whether or not they recommend solutions that will provide you with the biggest return. Technology can become obsolete quickly as innovation moves forward, so any mobile computer should be future-proof.

Choose an Operating System

Your provider should assess the state of your operation and how ready it is for OS migration. They can help you decide on a high-performance operating system that will provide you with the most longevity for your mobile computers.

With Windows support ending, other operating systems have risen up to become the top choice for industrial applications. Android, in particular, has been popular. As an open-source platform, it empowers developers to respond quickly as new needs arise, and because it’s already so widely used on personal and commercial devices, your workforce is likely already familiar with it, which cuts down on training time.

Choose a Device

You will also want to assess your devices to determine your readiness for OS migration. Your provider can let you know whether you will need to purchase new devices, and if so, how many need to be upgraded. They can also recommend the best devices, like the ones built on Honeywell’s Mobility Edge platform. Mobility Edge is a unified hardware and software platform that extends device lifecycles and helps make OS migration easier.

Rugged devices manufacturers like Honeywell offer:

CT60 Mobile Computer

This is a rugged touchscreen device for transportation, logistics, and delivery workers that offers a long-lasting battery, high-performance scanning, and protection against dust and moisture.

Dolphin CN80 Mobile Computer

The CN80 is an ultra-rugged device for distribution centers and logistics providers that features both a traditional keypad and a large touchscreen interface to offer quick, efficient data entry options.

Successful OS Migration

The transition from the familiar operating systems of Windows to a new OS like Android can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. The right provider can help you determine which OS and mobile computer devices are best suited for your operation.

Informs, Inc. is one of the largest Honeywell resellers in the US, and can provide support, advice, service, and assistance when it comes to your OS migration strategy. If you are looking to transition to a new OS, contact Informs today.

Mobile Deployments: How to reduce costs while simplifying the mobility platform

Mobile Deployments: How to reduce costs while simplifying the mobility platform

The mobile computing market has grown increasingly complex, with multiple form factors, operating systems, an endless array of applications, different wireless options, and constantly evolving technology. The typical approach that many enterprises have taken to mobile deployments – in which solutions were rolled out piecemeal by different departments, with a variety of hardware and software solutions patched together over time – has become unmanageable.

There is a way to reduce unnecessary internal and external costs in mobile deployments by adopting a platform-centric approach and selecting hardware designed with a long lifecycle as well as future-proof flexibility in mind. This can be accomplished in a number of ways.

Simplify Device Platforms

One way to greatly reduce deployment and ongoing support costs is to standardize on a common device platform. That does not mean to standardize on a single device – it simply means that you should select an operating system and mobility platform that is common across multiple form factors.

While the various versions of mobile Windows used to be the go-to platform for rugged mobile deployments, that is no longer the case. Android has emerged as the new standard for these installations, and major rugged device manufacturers now offer Android-based devices in handheld, smartphone, tablet, vehicle-mount and other form factors.

This provides commonality across all form factors. This platform-based approach is designed for rapid and easy application development, as well as testing, certification, provisioning, and deployment management.

For example, Honeywell’s Mobility Edge suite of tools allows companies to develop, validate and update applications on time and then go-live with the apps across all form factors simultaneously. This replaces the past approach of validating each application against every form factor individually, and then updating one device at a time – a process that was both time- and labor-intensive.

Mobility Edge also helps keep these deployments secure, by supporting multiple versions of the Android operating system, and providing ongoing update and patch management for years beyond standard offerings from other providers.

The platform-centric approach also reduces wasted labor and IT resources by streamlining development and support requirements in a way that makes it much easier and less expensive to create and maintain new mobile solutions.

Accelerated Deployment Reduces Costs

Taking a unified approach to mobile deployments can accelerate the entire process. Longer deployments cost more, take longer to certify, and can eat up scarce IT resources. This not only increases the backlog of mobile applications that require certification and testing, but can also result in a flurry of invoices for multiple suppliers.

By standardizing on Android and a platform like Mobility Edge, the entire process can be simplified (there are fewer vendors to deal with) and be completed much faster. As a result, the return on investment (ROI) for the mobility solution is also accelerated.

Mobility Edge also helps organizations design their mobile deployment with the future in mind. Devices can be rolled out faster and with less risk. IT staff wont’ be tied up managing the mobile deployment, and the devices themselves are built to support future iterations of Android as well as imminent application upgrades and patches.

Because Honeywell’s mobility products are designed around a common chipset, end users benefit from an extended device lifecycle, seamless operating system upgrades, and multiple years of support for security updates. Upgrading to newer devices or other form factors down the road is easy, because the platform remains consistent.

An ad hoc approach to mobility using multiple devices, operating systems, and solution providers can make mobile solution deployment and support more expensive and time consuming than they need to be. A standardized, platform-centric approach will reduce costs and make it easier to support and keep your mobile devices up to date for years to come.

How Honeywell’s Mobility Edge is Changing Mobility

How Honeywell’s Mobility Edge is Changing Mobility

For larger organizations, mobile computing deployments have grown more complex and challenging. These enterprises often utilize multiple form factors (forklift-mounted devices, hand-held computers, tablet, rugged phones) and multiple types of applications, from the warehouse to the field. Developing, deploying and maintaining these systems can be difficult, particularly as IT resources are often spread thin.

Honeywell’s Mobility Edge Platform is a unified software/hardware platform for Android that can help these companies reduce the cost and complexity of these deployments, while also improving productivity.

Using the Mobility Edge Platform, companies can test and certify all of their applications once, and then quickly deploy them across a wide range of Android-based form factors simultaneously. At the same time, users have access to a full suite of tools that can help increase the return on their mobile investment, while also reducing total cost of ownership (TCP) and ensuring the longevity of their deployment.

Mobility Edge is changing the way companies approach these mobility projects.

Simplified Deployment: Mobility Edge provides a common platform across Honeywell’s entire range of mobile devices and software solutions, which simplifies and reduces development costs. Core computing and communications capabilities are provided through a modular approach, and use-case specific features are provided in individual device form factors.

This “System-on-Module” core is a single, certified module that includes the CPU, memory, and a variety of wireless communications (including WWAN, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, and ZigBee). This approach provides a global mobile computing foundation, ensuring a consistent user experience (regardless of application or device form factor) and simplified support, since all devices are built on a common platform.

Optimized Mobility: The Honeywell SOM approach also makes it easier and faster to get devise into service, providing an easy to use set-up wizard, secure provisioning, a staging hub, and keypad creator.

The platform also helps boost mobile user productivity, enhancing the devices with data capture tools like Scan Wedge and Digital Scan Button, as well as a Wireless Tether that helps prevent the loss of peripherals (like Bluetooth scanners or headsets).

The common platform makes it faster and less expensive to train new workers, and provides real-time workflow management and visibility that can help mobile employees do their jobs with more quickly and with less unnecessary labor and frustration.

Reduced TCO: A common Android framework helps reduce the total cost of ownership of the mobile solution and hardware. Mobility Edge reduces the costs and time needed to deploy, manage, and optimize mobile devices using the same toolset across Honeywell’s portfolio of products. In the long term, maintaining the devices requires less time and effort, which frees up IT resources to focus on more strategic projects.

The platform also includes support for multiple generations of the Android OS, and support for hardware and software runs through 2025. This reduces the risk of the mobile investment and further lowers the TCO.

Peace of Mind: Mobility Edge also improves the security of mobile deployments through the protection of Honeywell Cyber Security and ongoing monitoring by the company’s Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT). Mobility Edge also provides periodic OS maintenance releases, including security updates and software patches that are applied consistently and universally across the entire mobile ecosystem.

Given the rapid evolution of mobile technology and the increasing complexity of these deployments, it’s more important than ever for enterprise to protect their investment in mobility. Honeywell’s Mobility Edge not only lowers the cost of these deployments, but also future-proofs the investment so that businesses can leverage the hardware and software over a much longer time frame, reaping even more benefits along the way. Contact our team at Informs to learn more.

3 Ways Honeywell Mobility Edge Will Help Accelerate Deployments

3 Ways Honeywell Mobility Edge Will Help Accelerate Deployments

One of the key challenges in deploying mobile technology has historically been the complexity of the solutions and their widely dispersed nature. Whether the solution was implemented in a warehouse or a field service environment, each mobile device had to be provisioned, configured and validated individually.

If there were problems with a mobile computer or application after the initial deployment, IT would have to retrieve devices for troubleshooting and repairs. The employee using the device would either need to be issued a spare, and had to incur costly downtime. When applications were patched or updated, the process could take days or weeks, depending on the size of the deployment.

New solutions have arrived to make these rollouts much easier. Mobile device platforms like Honeywell’s Mobility Edge have mitigated much of the complexity of a mobile deployment, making the process less cost intensive, less complicated, and easier for time- and budget-strapped IT departments to manage.

The Honeywell Mobility Edge is a unified platform designed for Android-based rugged mobile devices and applications. The solution makes it easier to build, manage and deploy enterprise-wide mobile solutions with less labor and risk. It does so via three key benefit areas:

Accelerated Deployments: The rapid provisioning suite increase the speed of deployments by allowing users to validate new applications once and then deploy them across all mobile form factors instead of validating the apps one device at a time. Mobility Edge expedites the development, certification, setup and training for applications on different device factors. This allows the IT department to deploy the application everywhere in the enterprise much faster and at a lower cost.

Optimized Mobile Performance: Embedded tools in the platform help optimize productivity and efficiency by capturing data faster and communicating easily and securely. Android-based hardware and the unified nature of the Mobile Edge platform also provide a more intuitive experience, which means mobile workers will have an easier time learning to use your applications and hardware, and can improve their own efficiency at completing tasks. This also reduces the cost of training new employees and seasonal workers on the technology.

Extend Mobile Device Lifecycle: Enterprise lifecycle tools in Mobility Edge help improve device reliability and extend lifecycles. The platform also provides an enterprise-wide method to deploy patch releases. Honeywell hardware is designed to support more operating system upgrades over time, which allows users to future proof their mobile devices, reducing the need for IT involvement in upgrades, and reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) for the mobile computers.

Mobility Edge delivers a secure, reliable platform for mobile application deployment that not only makes it easier to rollout new devices and software, but actually streamlines update and support activities as well. Honeywell has delivered a solution that makes it easier for corporate IT departments to support widespread mobile deployments involving multiple form factors, and do so without having to add more resources.

Mobility Edge reduces the cost and complexity of a mobile deployment, providing a faster return on investment (ROI) and long-term hardware and software stability as well.

Honeywell’s Plan for Mobile Device Longevity: Mobility Edge

Honeywell’s Plan for Mobile Device Longevity: Mobility Edge

Life is a constant juggling act – family, friends, work, hobbies. The last thing you need is one more thing to juggle, especially something as complicated and intricate as trying to manage a mobile enterprise. Well, your day – no, make that your life – just got easier. Better, even. We’re talking about seamless integration of devices across your enterprise – instilling security, dependability and reliability.

Informs has the expertise and training to help you configure, deploy and support mobile solutions efficiently, securely and yes, even easily, with very little impact to your workers, thanks to the Mobility Edge™ platform from Honeywell. Giving your employees one less thing to juggle is a gift in-and-of-itself. But giving them an agile and adaptable approach to their workday is a game changer.

Increased worker satisfaction leads to increased worker productivity. It’s that simple. So, to help your employees be their best, Honeywell has invented rugged and durable equipment, with a focus on the ergonomic comfort of everyday users. Intuitive and user friendly by design, data capture is faster, easier and more secure. This means training new employees and seasonal workers just got significantly easier and less expensive. Even employees with different levels of experience and time on the job can adapt more quickly and with less frustration. With Mobility Edge solutions, you will empower your workers with cutting-edge technology and create a cohesive ecosystem of interconnected devices that saves time, money and sanity!

A dynamic and unified hardware and software platform, Honeywell’s Mobility Edge is a suite of tools designed to extend product lifecycle and streamline the implementation of new devices. Applications can be validated and updated just once across all form factors, instead of laboriously and painstakingly done one device at a time. Acting as a foundation on which all future mobile computers are being built, Mobility Edge solutions are not only equipped to deal with imminent technological advancements, they fully embrace them. This means your future just got a whole lot brighter.

You may be asking about security in all of this wonderment. Safeguarding data and mitigating malicious security attacks is and always will be one of the most critical elements of enterprise mobility. That question has been asked and effectively answered with Honeywell’s cyber security capabilities and the latest security patches, updates and support.

Meeting the unique needs of every user, from warehouse regulations to delivery driver demands, and across an entire portfolio of products, Honeywell delivers mobility solutions that not only meet your ever-changing business requirements, they evolve with them. Honeywell is it in for the long haul. With you.

Compelling benefits of deploying the Mobility Edge platform:

  • Increased ROI
    • Unified architecture enables certification of a mobile solution once, then deploys to many devices
    • Complete suite of tools that are common across the entire portfolio of products
    • Central management interface for provisioning, certifying and deploying new apps and software updates
  • Optimized Performance and Efficiency
    • System on module (SOM) Android-based platform
    • Customized user experience for employees
    • Maximized productivity via learning engines
  • Security
    • Security patch support and Honeywell’s Cyber Security protection
    • Platform monitored by Honeywell’s Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT), with rapid response times
    • Compatible with 4 generations of Android operating systems (N-Q), extending product lifecycle

With the many choices and variables to consider, let Informs remove the complexities and guide you to the smart mobility solution that simplifies deployments, optimizes productivity and increases worker performance and satisfaction. Contact us today to learn how you can revolutionize your enterprise environment with the Honeywell Mobility Edge platform.

Switching Your Enterprise Mobile OS

Switching Your Enterprise Mobile OS

Out with the old and in with the new is not always the case. Customers working in the arduous enterprise environment demand longer usage lifecycle from their mobile devices, up to five years longer than the average smartphone user. But expecting said workforce mobile devices to maintain functionality, given the precarious nature of support coverage, patches and new releases, is definitely easier said than done. Until today.

Informs appreciates the magnitude of transitioning to a modern mobility platform and how critical it is that you understand your mobile OS transition options and make well-informed decisions about how to best support your enterprise environment. Informs sales, service and technical experts are knowledgeable in the latest industry trends and product trainings and are fully capable of guiding you through this complex transition. So, if you’re ready to transition to enhanced security, greater productivity and improved performance across your enterprise, you’ve come to the right place!

There’s a good chance you are facing the same dilemma other companies are experiencing, which is the end of support for a legacy Microsoft operating system. Saying good-bye to mainstream support and regular updates is difficult to imagine. But considering a transition plan for multiple devices and operating systems across your entire enterprise can be utterly terrifying. Fortunately, you’re not alone. Informs and Honeywell understand this challenge and have collaborated to deliver solutions that will bring you peace of mind and cohesion across your organization.

Given its large market share and extensive ecosystem of apps, developers and VARs, Android has evolved into the prevalent operating system for workforce enterprises, and for good reason. Let’s review the key elements that make Android the smart OS transition plan.

  1. Security

Mitigating security risks and protecting vital data are top priorities on everyone’s OS solutions checklist. Android delivers the highest level of security by deploying application isolation and exploit mitigation techniques. Users can also implement lockdown techniques through mobile device management or Honeywell Enterprise Launcher to further reduce the risk of malware intrusion. Simply stated, this limits what the user can do and what apps can run on the system.

  1. Added Features

Android Enterprise has added features like bulk provisioning to speed device setup, device owner mode to allow fully managed devices at the corporate level, always-on VPN and encryption enabled by default to protect personal and corporate data.

  1. Compatible Hardware

Selecting the right hardware is crucial. The smart choice is hardware that can support multiple operating systems, like the Honeywell CN75 and CK75 Series or the Honeywell CN51 mobile computer. With these mobile devices, you can choose either the Windows Embedded Handheld platform or Android, and Windows Embedded Handheld devices can be converted to Android at a future date. This allows existing legacy applications to continue running until your entire enterprise is ready to transition to Android.

Now that you know what the solution is, the next step is getting there. But how to do that without getting lost and frustrated along the way is fundamental. New apps, adapting workflows and changing mobile devices can be overwhelming. Informs can help you transition safely, securely and with minimal disruption to your day-to-day operations.

When you’re ready to deploy a strategic OS transition plan for your enterprise mobile devices, trust the Informs specialists, who fully understand the industry and can confidently and adeptly recommend the best products, services and solutions to meet your unique and specific needs. Every time.