IT Management Slideshow: 10 Reasons Android Is Scaring CIOs

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 10-06-2011

10 Reasons Android Is Scaring CIOs

Security, security, securityFirst and foremost, CIOs are concerned about security when it comes to Android. The mobile operating system's open ecosystem makes it an easy target for malicious hackers. There have been no major outbreaks so far, but no CIO wants his or her enterprise to be the first breached by an Android security loophole.

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Google's consumer focusEven though it has stepped up its business-focused solutions, such as Google Apps for Business, Google is very much a consumer-focused firm and its smartphone operating system puts consumer needs first and foremost.

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Do device vendors understand the enterprise?Looking around at Android handset and tablet offerings, it's tough to find any vendors that really prove that they understand the enterprise. From Samsung to HTC to Motorola Mobility, vendors are simply not offering the level of enterprise quality that CIOs are after.

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Enterprise devices The Cisco Cius tablet and Motorola Droid Pro smartphone are among those that have tried to turn the operating system into an enterprise-friendly option, but have yet to prove their mettle in the market. For now, CIOs seem content with the BlackBerry as their enterprise smartphone choice, and have surprisingly embraced iPad 2 on the tablet side.

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Too big, too fast?Android has been growing like gangbusters. All around the world, people are lining up to get their hands on handsets and tablets running the operating system. But in the enterprise, jumping on the latest technology trend bandwagon isn't necessarily a good idea. Image 5: Galaxy M Pro

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Android is forcing RIM's handBlackBerry maker Research in Motion has long been a key enterprise partner for CIOs. But as Android has become more successful, RIM has been feeling the pressure to keep up. In the process, it has made some odd moves that has CIOs questioning the company's future. Just look at the half-consumer, half-enterprise BlackBerry PlayBook for proof.

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Microsoft might be pushed out of the mobile marketHandset vendors looking to turn a profit are jumping on Android. All the while, they're ignoring Microsoft's Windows Phone 7. (Don't feel sorry for Microsoft, it's managing to get a cut of some Android revenue through a patent dispute). But the enterprise, on the other hand, generally suffers when there's a lack of vendor competition.

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Employees want itAs with Apple's smartphone and tablets, employee demand is the biggest reason Android is scaring CIOs. It's the latest entrant in what is becoming an increasingly heterogenous enterprise computing environment, and CIOs are left to grapple with the management, support and security issues that arise as a result.

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Employees are already using itDepending on how locked-down your mobility environment is, you may already have Android users accessing corporate Email and other corporate data without your knowledge.

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What's the roadmap?CIOs, hoping to scope out their roadmaps as far ahead as possible don't like the uncertainty that Android represents, with its multiple iterations security concerns, and plethora of manufacturers. If Google wants to see Android appeal to the enterprise it will have to work on addressing these very real concerns.

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