While Android is the dominant mobile platform, it has continued to feel consumer-oriented despite a huge user-base in enterprise. Google wants to make Android more appealing to businesses to stave off increased competition from Apple's iOS. With that in mind, the company yesterday announced Android Enterprise Recommended. Launched as a program for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), Android Enterprise Recommended helps users find leading EMM providers for deploying Android. “Since we've collaborated closely with EMM partners over the years, we understand what it takes to demonstrate excellence in this area. With this program, we're recognizing partners who provide the most comprehensive technical solutions and have knowledgeable teams focused on modern Android security and management.” Google named Microsoft as one of its key partners. Specifically, Microsoft Intune is one of the services highlighted by the Android Enterprise Recommended program. Intune allows organizations to manage devices and apps across a workforce.
Partners and FeaturesOther providers mentioned include I3 Systems, IBM, Softbank, VMware, and BlackBerry. Google says all its recommended EMMs will deliver the following to enterprise:
- Experience across multiple Android Enterprise management sets
- Proven ability to deliver advanced security and management features
- A consistent deployment experience, with admin consoles that simplify set-up of Android Enterprise
- Documentation and guides that provide best practices for Android Enterprise set-up and configuration
- Google-trained personnel across field sales, technical pre-sales and deployment support
- Commitment to staying current on the latest Android product features and training requirements