October 4, 2014
Sometime before, news about Apple and IBM partnerships were hot dish for the media. Many assumptions had drawn about the true reasons behind this tie and the pros and cons of this partnership phenomenon. If we are going to draw conclusions based on commonsense, we may find that the dominance of IBM is in enterprise solutions, be they on the web or on the mobile, IBM excels everywhere.
At other hand, Apple has all infrastructural facilities on hardware and OS front to push the futuristic products on enterprise level and its penetration in mobile niche may prove a big advantage for the IBM. Thus, Apple and IBM partnership may be with an aim to capture the enterprise mobility market in a synergic way.
Whatever it may be, but it poses direct challenges to the Microsoft at one hand and to the Android at other hand. In this enterprise mobility race, Android is ahead of Microsoft so it has greater impacts with this partnership and Google has to pay enough attentions to correct its game in due course. First, let us check where Android is lagging behind this race and what are the correction measures or steps required.
At Security Front
Enterprises have confidential and critical data need to store at secure places and keep data interaction secure at every level of operations. It is well-versed that mobile applications have greater vulnerability against the secured wired networks on intranet and Internet. Fragmentation issues creep Android platform intensively since the beginning being an opensource platform.
However, recent moves in this direction indicate the security related focus of Android platform on enterprise mobility front. For instance, Samsung Knox offers a secure workspace for Android OS users on Samsung devices. Afterwards, Google had acquired Divide in due course of security, but kept a prolonged silence on enterprise security then after.
On Setup of Enterprise App Standards
No doubt, Android has credit of big enterprise apps running on its OS and available to accomplish most of enterprise related tasks easily. Unfortunately, there are some things missing in this enterprise mobility apps, and those are app standards, which are a bit below in the criteria setup by IBM and alike solutions providers. If Google sets high standards and make Android apps more business/enterprise ready, it can win the battle easily.
With Weak MBaaS
Yes, Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) is beqat weak and need some more partnerships to address it correctly. With MBaaS, app development would get unprecedented speed and outcomes will come up quickly and in cost-effective ways. It is true that at MBaaS front IBM-Apple has many weak points and could be potential counterforce to beat them.
On Penetrations in Governments
Recently, US Federal and State governments have shown their deep interests in mobile strategies for better governance and matching their steps with the time and technologies. There are many government sectors where Android can play tactfully for enterprise mobile apps. It is a sector call ruggedized devices, which are used highly in the various department of governments such as Defense, Homeland Security, low enforcements and other first responders. If Android is correct its performance, it has better chances in this enterprise mobility niche.
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