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Mobile OS Migration: Your How-To Guide

If you’re like many businesses affected by the pending obsolescence of the Windows Embedded Handheld operating systems, you’re probably planning to migrate to a new OS in the near future.

To help you ensure a smooth and successful transition, our experts at Millennium Technologies have put together this simple how-to guide.

Here are some simple steps to follow when you’re developing your plan and determining which OS to use and how to deploy it.

1. Choose your strategy.

Ultimately, when you need to move on from older devices and a non-supported OS, you need to choose between competing OS options or adopt a multi-platform approach based on your business needs.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, but it’s usually easier to use one OS for all your applications and databases. This ensures app compatibility across devices and helps you avoid the headaches of supporting multiple operating systems and switching a different app experiences among devices.

2. Select new devices.

To migrate to a new OS, you’ll almost certainly have to upgrade to new mobile devices that support the latest OS options.

You also need to choose hardware that meets the demands of your work environment, simplifies migration, and minimizes your total cost of ownership.

For a quick guide to finding the right devices, check out our recent infographic.

3. Redevelop your apps.

If you’re running business applications and databases in a non-supported OS, you’ll need to port them to your new OS or rewrite them. Unless your apps are already compatible with the latest OS options, rewriting them is your only option.

Even if your applications and databases are compatible with your new OS, you’ll still need to migrate them, which may require reconfiguration.

Fortunately, app redevelopment also presents an opportunity to leverage a modern OS and the latest mobile hardware to achieve significant operational improvements. You can enhance app functionality, improve data capture, create better user experiences, and streamline your workflows.

4. Test, train, and deploy.

Rewriting and migrating applications and databases requires extensive and intensive testing. You don’t want to discover bugs and other issues after your migration, when they’ll likely disrupt your operations.

So make sure to plan sufficient testing time and thoroughly test all your devices, applications, and networks before you officially migrate to your new OS.

You’ll also want to train all of your employees on your new OS, devices, and upgraded apps, so they can use them seamlessly after deployment.

Our Recommendation: Upgrade to Zebra & Android

At Millennium Technologies, we strongly recommend upgrading to the latest Zebra mobile devices and the Android OS. This combination offers your business significant benefits:

Enterprise Mobile Leadership
Zebra’s rugged Android enterprise mobile computers, scanners, and tablets offer better durability, longer battery life, more reliable data capture, and easier manageability.

Seamless and Flexible Migration
Android’s built-in connectivity and customizable OS means you can leverage vast developer resources and app store apps to easily create custom-tailored solutions.

Strong Security
Over-the-air updates make it easy to apply the latest security updates, and enterprise mobility management allows companies to have complete control over their Android devices and apps.

Intuitive, Easy Interface
Zebra’s Android devices offer better user experiences with an extremely intuitive interface that is familiar to many workers.

Lower Total Cost of Ownership
Zebra’s ultra-rugged devices deliver enterprise-grade durability and a longer life cycle to maximize your hardware investment.

Need More Advice for Your Migration?

Contact Millennium Technologies for a free consultation and personalized recommendations.

Call us at 973-492-1608 or email us at sales@millennium-tech.com to get started.