Samsung Galaxy Enterprise Edition refers to a suite of hardware and software solutions laser-focused on business mobility needs.
While a business can buy affordable off-the-shelf consumer-grade phones or tablets, it has special needs these do not address. Security, financing, roll-out, life-cycle management, maximising productivity, dual profiles (work and personal), warranty (24×7 support and replacement) and more are the differences between being business-critical and business inconvenient.
Danny Mandrides, Head of Samsung’s Enterprise and Government Mobile Business, briefed analysts and journalists on Samsung’s business initiatives for 2021.
“I Iead a team of professionals who enable Australian businesses to rethink how mobile devices and applications can improve their business processes and increase productivity. Mobile technologies such as Smartphones, Tablets, Wearables, M2M, IoT and Applications are at the heart of business disruption and transformation.”
Samsung Galaxy Enterprise Edition highlights
Mandrides spoke of the significant advances Samsung had made with its ‘Mobile First’ strategy, including
- Developing the Knox for Enterprise suite to cover end-to-end device security, enforce security governance on the device, and a range of automatic deployment tools.
- DeX (Desktop eXperience) allows the use of many Samsung devices as a PC – just add a monitor and keyboard/mouse via cable or wirelessly.
- Closer partnership with Microsoft to deliver Microsoft 365 productivity tools, Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop, OneDrive Azure cloud storage and Link to Windows, a seamless workflow between mobile and PC.
- Partnership with Telstra for financing, fleet management and Microsoft Azure services
- Business rugged Galaxy Tab Active series – Tab Active 3 Wi-Fi/4G, Tab S7 and S7+ Wi-Fi/4G/5G, Tab Active Pro Wi-Fi/4G and other Samsung consumer Tablets with Business-grade Knox security
- Business rugged mobiles like the Galaxy XCover 5 and Pro.
- More importantly, a range of its consumer smartphones with Business-grade Knox security in 4G and 5G including Galaxy S21/+/Ultra, Note 20 Ultra, S20 FE, S20/+, A90 and more recently, its low-cost A32 5G that at $480 democratises 5G in a ‘fleet’ device.
Now Australian Signals Directorate approved for sensitive and protected use
The icing on the cake was the acceptance of Galaxy S20 FE, S20 FE 5G, Note20 and Note20 5G by the Australian Signals Directorate. These Samsung mobile devices have approval for use in ‘Sensitive’ and ‘Protected’ deployments. But more than anything, the Galaxy S20 FE (GadgetGuy review here 9.8/10) brings a $799 device to a market dominated by iOS devices costing two to three times that.
“We’re living in a world of dispersed workforces, and enterprises are putting mobility at the heart of their operations to thrive and survive. This year, we will open a wider range of options for our mobility customers in Australia with the launch of Galaxy Enterprise Edition, continued deployments of our customisable Knox security platform, as well as enhancements to how we optimise Samsung DeX.”
Samsung Galaxy Enterprise Edition in 2021 means more devices with push to talk (walkie-talkie style), more convergence (devices that have barcode and QR scanners, mobile POS, 5G and other productivity features like DeX and even removable batteries), and new devices that are IP68 rated and comply with the new MIL-STD 810H (see an overview of the differences between 810G and H here).
Whatever size business you have, it may be worth approaching the Samsung Business Division first before you whip down to JB or Telstra to buy a few phones or tablets. It may open your eyes to productivity improvements you have never envisaged.