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Migrating to a New Solar System

Curtis Franklin Jr., Executive Editor | 1/29/2013 | 70 comments

Curtis Franklin Jr.
No one questions that migrating to Windows 8 is a process with thousands of moving parts. What many don't realize is just how many of those parts orbit smartphones.

It's easy (and somewhat natural) to focus on the basic software and process issues that come along with a major migration, but the nature of the Windows 8 migration is somewhat different than most of those that have preceded it. Where the migration from, say, Windows Vista (or Windows XP) to Windows 7 was a software-centric event, Windows 8 is an operating system that doesn't make sense without considering new classes of enterprise client hardware.

In most cases, desktop and laptop hardware brings with it a limited number of accessories. A mouse, a keyboard, and external monitor, perhaps a USB hard drive -- unless you're deep into scientific instrumentation or a POS application, that's about it. It's relatively easy for IT departments to standardize on the accessories and straightforward to account for their use and upkeep. When it comes to tablets and smartphones, though, things are different.

At the recent CES 2013 in Las Vegas, it was clear that both tablets and smartphones are platforms around which entire constellations of accessories will orbit as individuals and enterprises alike use the ultra-portable devices for thousands of separate applications. I saw accessories ranging from external camera lenses and components for professional-level video production, to health monitoring devices and medical instrumentation, to payment acceptance and full POS applications. The spectrum of devices and accessories means that IT departments have a whole new set of things to consider when planning a migration.

There are two separate levels of concern when it comes to all these accessories and systems. The first is that it will add complexity when IT departments must plan purchases for both hardware and software. Expertise that serves a team well when trying to decide on ERP software can be of limited value when picking video production packages. Here, let me take a moment to correct those who think that apps like video and audio are solely the realm of the consumer; modern enterprise communications increasingly rely upon video and audio methods for getting a message across. Expecting those messages to be created only by the marcomm department shows a touching reliance on the strategies of the last century. For the rest of the business world, recognizing that essentially every employee is going to make simple audio and video content is a key part of migrating to a new reality.

That new reality becomes even more complicated when employees bring those accessories into the enterprise as part of a BYOD program. It's one thing to make decisions about which components will be purchased when things can be carefully tested and sandboxed before they're brought into the network. When they just show up because they're not the primary smartphone or tablet -- they're "just" accessories -- the possibility for unfortunate interactions and complications increases dramatically.

Simply banning all accessories isn't a good option for most enterprises. Instead, creating a formal employee review program, in which people who buy accessories work with the IT department to accomplish quality control and compatibility testing, may be the key to successfully migrating to Windows 8 -- and all the hardware that comes along for the ride.

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J-Lo   Migrating to a New Solar System   9/6/2013 1:24:22 PM
Re: Possible to ban accessories?
Marif, I have HTC one X and my wife has S3. 

Marif, I have HTC one X and my wife has S3. I am not at all into mobile phone games. My pure use is based on checking emails, messages, twitter and FB. Very limited use is for vibe, whats app, linked in and camera. But my battery drains out in just 10-12 hours hours if I do not put in extra effort of saving battery. Where as S3 has better battery power, my wife is heavily into games and 2100mAh does give a lot better back up time. Strangely iPhone 4s has 1420mAh battery and iPhone 5 has 1440mAh battery their standby is pretty steady. Is it due to the OS difference in comparison between Android and Apple?

Marif   Migrating to a New Solar System   8/19/2013 5:45:43 AM
Re: Possible to ban accessories?
Exactly J-Lo, in smartphones there are many apps which needs to be running consistently on the background like in android facebook, viber etc and even messages are running in the background as a separate app and consistently consuming memory. Due to these processes, my smartphone gives me only 24 hrs standby time which is not even half a day if I will use it. This is the by far the best convenience BB offers me.
J-Lo   Migrating to a New Solar System   8/18/2013 10:18:31 PM
Re: Possible to ban accessories?

Marif, yes you are right. BB has by large the best battery back time I too have used for smart phones. I never had to worry for running out of battery power for whole day, no matter how much I was using bbm. But with Samsung and HTC handsets, its a nightmare really.

Marif   Migrating to a New Solar System   8/12/2013 9:36:35 AM
Re: Possible to ban accessories?
@J-Lo: in addition to these two services you quoted of email and messenger, for me the additional advantage is that it has good battery life as compared to the smartphones. Even though the functions in BB are not anywhere near to a smartphone but for official use I really don't need such extras. The problem is if I use smartphone only for emails and messenger even than the battery would drain much more rapidly than a conventional BB. I am not sure if BB10 is as good as their predecessors in terms of battery life or they are just like other smartphones.
J-Lo   Migrating to a New Solar System   8/7/2013 6:41:33 PM
Re: Possible to ban accessories?
BB was very solid for its two main functions, rim messenger and puch email. I remember it used to be very hard to connect bb to wifi. But that never was enough for me to change from BB to any other set as the comfort of messenger and push email was more necessary than anything else at that time.
TJGUK   Migrating to a New Solar System   8/2/2013 9:58:32 AM
Re: Possible to ban accessories?
It could be worse, when I had a BB, they did not have all that many apps. Those apps that they did have did not even work all that well. In Win8 case, the OS is a huge flop so nobody is sticking around to see if there is a wow factor. I will be curious to see how 8.1 functions.
J-Lo   Migrating to a New Solar System   7/19/2013 4:37:13 PM
Re: Possible to ban accessories?

You are right....... when it is required that customer flock, it requires the basic element of "wow factor" which in case of win 8 missing. rather prior and during its launch days win 8 faced many negative feedback.....

TJGUK   Migrating to a New Solar System   7/1/2013 11:18:02 AM
Re: Possible to ban accessories?
Win8 can have a lot of apps available but that still does not mean people will flock to the system.
J-Lo   Migrating to a New Solar System   6/15/2013 6:12:37 PM
Re: Possible to ban accessories?
I guess thats what thier vision was... the win 8 market was said to have millions of apps like google play store. They might have a certification program but the vision seemed similar to what Google did
TJGUK   Migrating to a New Solar System   6/7/2013 10:11:58 PM
Re: Possible to ban accessories?
The sales are showing no. Sales indicate that users dislike the Win8 GUI regardless of the platform. The message is so clear that MS is issuing 8.1 for the fall. Win8 phones sales are dismal to the point that MS is not a player in the market. Same thing with tablets-which aside from having Win8 are way overpriced. They have a problem on their hands.
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