Top 10 things mobile IT Administrators need to know about Windows 10.
On 20 November 1985, two years after the initial announcement, Microsoft shipped Windows 1.0, the first iteration of its operating system that has dominated the IT industry for three decades. The latest release of Windows 10 represents another step change and has ushered in a number of new, exciting features for the Windows operating system, with a new start menu, edge browser and Cortana personal help assistant, to name but a few. But while the user side of Windows 10 has been widely reported and reviewed, there has been less discussion of how it is in fact a major OS overhaul ‘under the bonnet’ that accelerates the evolution of Windows from a PC-centric OS to a modern enterprise architecture that importantly, embraces the new mobile ecosystem.
And Windows 10 offers huge opportunities for retail. Organisations can now tailor their assisted selling and clienteling workflows, allowing sales staff to drive sales by identifying opportunities for cross- and up-selling. Using mobile devices to access customer information, sales associates can provide enhanced clienteling to offer products and services that are relevant to the customer. And customers can transact anywhere with modern points-of-sale capabilities. Customers are also able to check out from anywhere in the store when sales associates use mobile, modern points-of-sale. Long lines can be shortened and abandoned shopping carts can be reduced when employees use mobile devices to complete customer purchases in line.
According to Gartner, by 2018, 40 percent of organisations will use Enterprise Mobility Management(EMM) tools to manage a portion of their Windows PCs – a jump from less than 5 percent today. For enterprise IT, managing a wide range of devices gets more complex by the day, with administrators juggling more complicated security and management tasks than ever before. Until now, administrators have needed complex and disparate tools to secure and manage their devices. But now, Windows 10 and tools such as MobileIron EMM make their lives much simpler and streamline many traditional PC security and management responsibilities.
Mobile IT administrators need to harness the benefits of mobile computing while mitigating the risks. By providing a single, converged OS and a unified set of EMM APIs, Windows 10 enables IT to manage all types of Windows devices as well as develop and manage universal apps that can run on any Windows device, including smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs, using an EMM solution like MobileIron. This means that applications can be written once and run on any form factor and screen size using MobileIron for distribution, security, and app lifecycle management.
So, here are 10 things mobile administrators should know about Windows 10:
The release of Windows 10 is a major milestone in the evolution of the enterprise architecture, offering an exciting breakthrough for retail organisations ready to deliver unified device and security management across a wide range of fixed and mobile end points. With an EMM provider like MobileIron, administrators can access unified MDM APIs to manage any Windows
10 device and deliver a consistent, secure user experience regardless of form factor. Organisations that have mostly relied on traditional desktop tools to date need to begin the transition to EMM in order to secure and manage a greater portion of their enterprise devices and apps using a modern set of EMM tools.