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Revisit Your Ruggedized Strategy Before You're Hit by the End of OS Support

Published: 27 March 2017

ID: G00317075

Analyst(s): Stephen Kleynhans , Leif-Olof Wallin


The legacy operating systems that power most of the ruggedized, handheld device installed base are rapidly approaching the end of extended support. I&O leaders responsible for mobile and endpoint strategies should stop buying equipment with legacy OSs, and begin planning their migration strategies.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Stop Buying Ruggedized Equipment Running Legacy OSs and Plan a Migration
  • Evaluate the Business Case for Ruggedized Equipment, Based on Actual Requirements and a Fully Loaded TCO Calculation
  • Don't Standardize on a Single Ruggedized Unit for All Purposes
  • Protect Current Investments in Software and Systems With Application Virtualization Technology

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