End of support for Windows CE & Windows Mobile Operating Systems…

Is this Doomsday or a New Dawn for the Warehouse?

You may have read that Microsoft is in the end of life phase on its Windows Operating Systems for mobile devices: Windows CE & Windows Mobile. Some versions, such as Windows CE 6.0 and Windows Mobile 6.5, are already end of support and others like Windows CE 7.0 will go end of support in the next 12 months.

Most rugged mobile devices used in Warehousing and Manufacturing applications use Windows Operating Systems, so will be affected. This isn’t a doomsday scenario, but there will be security implications if you continue to use unsupported Windows Operating Systems based devices beyond the support date, so now is the time to be planning to move to new technology. New technology can ease operational challenges, so by embracing Android devices in the warehouse you can transform your business operations.

  1. Familiarity – Android delivers the user-friendly interface that your users expect from their smart devices, which improves productivity and reduces training time.
  2. Productivity – Faster devices, better WiFi performance, better displays, better battery performance, capture all 1D and 2D barcodes; these features all enable your workforce to increase their productivity.
  3. Capability – Connect to your WMS or ERP system using Terminal Emulation or Web clients without additional development. Modernize your applications to make them touchscreen friendly and intuitive. Add off the shelf Apps or develop new Apps to digitize other business processes. Add voice, messaging and email communications.
  4. Innovation – Enhance your existing warehouse processes by optimising them at the point of execution. New technologies such as voice control, head mounted displays, RFID and real time locationing allow you to change workflows to meet the needs of the on demand economy.

OpalTec can help you implement a strategy to migrate to new technology, including selecting the right devices, migrating your applications to Android, testing and piloting, planning the upgrade, putting the right levels of support in place for the new devices, and once this is all complete, we can buy back your existing Windows devices. Whilst your planning your upgrade, OpalTec can continue to support your legacy Windows devices.

Remove the fear of End of Support, and embrace the New Dawn of Android with Zebra and OpalTec.

Contact us today to discuss an Android migration strategy tailored to your business needs.

Zebra MC9300

The ultimate ultra-rugged Zebra MC9300 — the next evolution of the world’s best-selling and most trusted Android enterprise mobile computer. When your business deserves the best, the MC9300 delivers, providing the ultimate Android platform, the ultimate in application support, the ultimate ultra-rugged design and the ultimate accessory system. And since you can run your existing TE apps right out of the box, migrating to Android couldn’t be easier.

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Zebra Wearable Solutions

Zebra’s robust wearable solutions are purpose-built for the enterprise. From Android wearable mobile computers to ring scanners that deliver unrivalled scan performance, these solutions give your front-line workforce the performance edge they need. By combining the hands-free mobility of our wearable technology with one-of-a-kind features like tap to pair capabilities, Zebra’s wearable solutions enable the operational flexibility needed to replace complexity with productivity.

Contact us today to find out more about Zebra Wearable Solutions

Zebra Mobilty DNA

Zebra Mobility DNA

Android provides the opportunity to implement a mobility strategy to solve multiple business challenges across the supply chain. OpalTec recommends Android devices from Zebra technologies for multiple applications across the supply chain whether it is the MC3300 being used for receiving deliveries, the WT6000 for picking orders, the TC75 for managing the delivery process, or the ET50 Tablets and TC51 for serving customers in store. The devices are rugged and capable so it is important that the software tools are secure and reliable too. OpalTec uses Zebra Mobility DNA to enhance the capabilities, and security of Android mobile devices and to make implementation rapid and trouble free.

Mobility DNA is the genetic code that gives Zebra mobile computers distinct enterprise capabilities. Its unique ecosystem of software transforms Android™, the world’s most popular consumer operating system, into an enterprise-ready force. Now, the pains common to other enterprise mobility platforms disappear—making operations a powerhouse of productivity, management simpler, and integration problem-free.

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Mobile operating systems are changing – Are you ready?

Organisations with mobile devices currently running applications that require a legacy Microsoft mobile operating system (Windows CE 6 or Windows Mobile/Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5) will soon face the end of support for their platform.

Mainstream support, which includes regular updates, has ended for both legacy systems, and Microsoft extended support (security fixes etc.) will end for Windows CE 6 in the first half of 2018, and for Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 at the beginning of 2020. After these dates, organisations will be unable to obtain fixes should a vulnerability or error be found in Microsoft code.

OpalTec has prepared a short document detailing how mobile operating systems are changing.

 

OpalTec can provide a pain free transition to Android

Transitioning from legacy Windows platforms to Android involves writing new apps, adapting workflows and changing the mobile devices that workers use, which can prove to be a significant undertaking for any IT department.

To find out how OpalTec can help your organisation transition from a Windows based operating system to Android, please complete the form below, and one of our experts will be in contact with you…