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5 Tips for a Successful Mobile OS Migration

With Microsoft ending all support for its Windows Embedded Handheld operating systems over the next two to three years, OS migration has become one of the hottest topics in enterprise mobile computing.

After 2020, there will be no further security patches, so migration isn’t an option. Companies will need to move to a new OS to avoid leaving themselves at risk.

Fortunately, it’s also an opportunity to upgrade to new mobile computers and a modern OS that will help boost productivity and efficiency across your business operations.

If you’re planning to migrate and unlock those benefits, here are five tips on how to do it successfully.

1. Assess and upgrade your hardware.

Older mobile hardware isn’t compatible with newer OS options, so, unless you purchased your mobile devices relatively recently, you’ll have to upgrade them. This requires a significant investment, but the good news is that it can pay big dividends for your business.

New mobile computing solutions, such as Zebra’s TC8000 Touch Mobile Computer, provide a way to upgrade to a modern OS while boosting your business. For example, the TC8000’s benefits include a 14% increase in worker productivity, easier scanning with 55% less repetitive motion, and 40% faster data entry with 60% fewer errors.

2. Have a plan for your business applications and databases.

If you’re running business applications and databases in a non-supported OS, you’ll need to rewrite them. Even if your applications and databases are compatible with your new OS, you’ll still need to migrate them, and they may require reconfiguration.

Undoubtedly, this will require time, resources, and validation. However, working with the right technology partner can help you reduce the burden by outsourcing some or all of your coding, migration, and configuration.

In addition, switching to an open-source and flexible OS, such as Android, allows you to leverage vast developer resources, support from the Android community, and an array of app store apps. This makes it much easier to upgrade your current apps and develop customized solutions for your business.

3. Perform intensive testing.

If you’re re-writing code and/or migrating and reconfiguring your applications and databases, you need to be wary of bugs and other issues. Intensive testing to ensure everything will perform seamlessly after migration is essential.

Plan ahead and build testing into your migration, so you can avoid disruptive post-deployment problems.

4. Reconfigure your wired and wireless networks.

If you’re adopting new mobile computers and other devices to run a new OS, you’ll need to reconfigure your wired and wireless networks to make sure they’ll support those devices.

5. Retrain all of your employees.

If you’re switching to new mobile devices and deploying a new OS, you’ll need to retrain your employees.

One way to simplify training is to upgrade to the Android OS, which is familiar to many employees. Many of them use Android smartphones and tablets at home, so transitioning to an Android-based mobile computer in the workplace is a relatively easy proposition.

It also offers the advantage of an intuitive and easy-to-use interface, which you can leverage to improve your business apps and create new user experiences that drive better efficiency and productivity in your operations.

Looking for More Tips and Migration Help?

Millennium Technologies is helping businesses make a smooth and successful transition to a new mobile OS with Zebra mobile computers and our professional services.

We can help you develop a complete migration plan—including hardware, applications, testing, training and more.

Call us at 973-492-1608 or email us at sales@millennium-tech.com to get answers to your questions and request a free consultation.