5 Signs Your Technology is NOT Enterprise-Ready

June 15, 2023
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5 Signs Your Technology is NOT Enterprise-Ready

This article is sponsored by Zebra Technologies

In today's fast-paced business environment, technology plays a crucial role in the success of any enterprise. However, not all technologies are created equal, and not every solution is suitable for the unique demands of an enterprise setting. Implementing technology that is not enterprise-ready can lead to inefficiencies, security vulnerabilities, and even business disruptions. In this article, we will explore five key signs that indicate your technology may not be ready for the enterprise environment.

1. Frequent IT Visits and Downtime

Whether in a manufacturing plant or a logistics truck, technology solutions should aim at simplifying workflows and decreasing operational costs. If devices have become a prime source for downtime, they are not suitable for the environment they’re in. A few common disruptions can include:

  • Printer jams
  • Manual OS and application updates
  • Drained battery lifecycle
  • Shattered screens
  • Damaged casing and buttons

2. Limited Use to One Space

The typical warehouse conducts many tasks both inside and outdoors. Cold storage units require devices that withstand extreme temperature drops and swings as workers move between hot and cold environments. Large-scale picking aisles can pose interference issues due to multiple metal racks and high ceilings.

To thrive in versatile workflows, a truly enterprise-ready device should be equipped with flexible durability standards and connectivity options to amplify usage in unique spaces. Furthermore, modern handhelds like Zebra’s MC9300 combine multiple tasks such as push-to-talk communication, barcode scanning, and inventory updates all through one terminal.

3. Limited Security Features & Incomplete Software Updates

Enterprise environments require robust security measures to protect sensitive data, comply with regulations, and mitigate potential threats. If your technology lacks comprehensive security features, such as encryption, multi-factor authentication, access controls, and regular security updates, it is not enterprise-ready. Data breaches and cyberattacks can have severe consequences for businesses, leading to financial loss, damage to reputation, and legal ramifications. Investing in technology with robust security features is crucial for safeguarding the enterprise ecosystem.

If your applications and software are no longer updating, there may be an issue with your operating system. An outdated OS stalls productivity as teams need to create workarounds to use underperforming applications. Moreover, a legacy OS can leave your system vulnerable to cyberattacks since it lacks security updates and patches.

Android for Enterprise has become the leading operating system of choice for many OEMs due to its open application ecosystem and user-friendliness. Unlike Windows and iOS, Android enables easy and safe app integration, allowing you to grow your device’s functionality over time without extensive IT involvement.  

4. Complex Deployment and Training

In addition to protecting your device, an updated OS can also simplify workflows by breaking down complex workflows into manageable tasks. If operating systems aren’t intuitive, businesses run the risk of spending more time -and money- on training users and correcting input errors.

Zebra’s recent Warehousing Vision Study estimates workers may take up to 4.7 weeks to become fully productive when adopting new technologies. Touchscreen devices and Android handhelds help diminish training time by introducing familiar interfaces in an enterprise use case. This ultimately empowers teams to be more productive quickly while reducing worker stress.

5. Incompatible with Supporting Systems

The most rugged device will become useless if it’s not connected to the rest of your vital systems. Dependable connectivity is essential to maintain unbroken productivity without causing signal interference.

Future-forward technologies are now built to accommodate different connectivity infrastructures such as WiFi, cellular, and 5G. Adaptable connectivity can also assist in preserving operational visibility by empowering connections in previous dead zones through alternative networks.

Make an Upgrade

In our commitment to affordable modernization, Quadbridge partners with Zebra to lower optimization costs through the GO Zebra Trade-In Program. Upgrade enterprise devices when you swap legacy systems from any manufacturer in three simple steps.

  • Purchase an eligible upgrade
  • Submit a claim form
  • Trade in legacy devices for cash rebates of up to $650 per device

For more information on how to evaluate and upgrade your technologies, meet with our modernization team for a step-by-step assessment of your current workflows.

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