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Blog, Enterprise IT, Featured - Monday, April 14, 2014 16:28 - 3 Comments
blog If you work in the media relations team for a major Australian technology vendor, you’ll know that Delimiter is usually only after one thing and one thing only: Local customer wins and case studies. As a site, Delimiter focuses quite squarely on examples of Australian deployments of new technology, when it comes to the enterprise IT sector.
The reason for this is simple: There are literally tens of thousands of enterprise IT products and services out there, and hundreds of decently sized vendors selling them. It would be impossible to cover them all, and meaningless to try reviewing them.
Consequently, with Delimiter, one of the site’s major focuses is to cover actual deployments of new technology, rather than the products themselves, and to specifically focus on Australian deployments of those technologies. By providing insight into what technologies Australian organisations are deploying, and how, we hope to be of some assistance to readers who work inside those organisations. Knowing what the neighbours are up to is always useful.
Over the past several years, one of the holes in our coverage has been corporate deployment of Android devices.
It is quite apparent that the way Australian enterprises have been using smartphone and other mobile devices has changed markedly over the past few years. If we go back only a few years, it was common to see enterprises dominated by brands such as BlackBerry (on the handset end), and Lenovo, Dell and HP on the laptop end.
The entrance of Apple’s iPhone into the market changed much of this. We’ve seen tonnes of iPhone deployments in Australia, with most of them replacing existing BlackBerry fleets to some extent. And, courtesy of Microsoft’s comprehensive enterprise software stack, we’ve also seen quite a few deployments of Windows Phone 7/8 over the past several years, usually linked to hardware from Nokia. At the same time, we’ve seen many examples of corporate iPad deployments as Apple’s tablet took off in mainstream adoption.
What we haven’t seen as many examples of is corporate Android deployments. Although Google’s baby has become the most popular mobile operating system in the consumer market, and although Android devices are popular on the Bring Your Own Device style of plans which quite a few corporates have implemented, what we haven’t seen many examples of are actual fleet-wide deployments of Android as a standard platform.
To help remedy this situation, today we present three decently sized deployments of Android in the Australian market on Samsung’s hardware, which Samsung has dug up from its archives over the past several years after a little prompting :) Continue…
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