Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Android 2010 is Windows 1990

In an article titled Three Android lessons learned the hard way, Jonathan Blum talks about his experiences deploying Android phones in his business. It's a typical journal of a user working with a nascent technology, something we've all seen and done before in various incarnations. But one passage struck me as all too familiar:
Plan on carefully testing apps on your businesses phones before unleashing them on your entire operation. Trust me, nothing is more frustrating than not being able to answer a client's call because ESPN Mobile is installed.
If you've ever worked in any large enterprise with a full time IT staff, you're familiar with IT testing new versions of Windows before rolling out a company-wide upgrade, or qualifying a new application before deploying it to users' computers. In most big companies, there's no "personal" in PC anymore.

Is this where Android is headed? Are we going to have sysadmins for our business phones? Is IT going to lock them down to keep us monkeys from installing too many apps? Really?

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