How safe would you feel putting your business into Android’s hands?
Historically, the answer to that question from many CIOs would be sadly predictable. But as any business knows old certainties can quickly become obstacles to future successes if they remain unchallenged. As the mobility revolution overhauls the way we work, Samsung is changing the way Android works.
Enter Samsung KNOX™, the flexible and secure android solution for enterprise. We posed some questions to Jae Shin, Vice President Samsung KNOX Business Group at the Samsung Business Discovery Day in London to hear about the platform’s evolution.
Why should businesses adopt Android as their mobile platform?
As you know Google puts out Android for device manufacturers to use and it is a very flexible, adaptable operating system. We took android, hardened it with defence grade security so that consumers can have a secure device.
What do you think have been the major obstacles for not using Android in the past?
Businesses have different requirements and what we do is listen to the voice of the customers and address those requirements through modification of our operating system. We’ve continually evolved the Samsung KNOX platform so it fits with customers needs and it has evolved with the constantly changing mobility landscape to meet the demands of the customer.
What have been the major influences on Samsung KNOX and its evolution?
Customers. Definitely Customers. They have been the major influence in the evolution of Samsung KNOX. They tell us what their needs are and we look at how we can make our devices more useful and how we can make them more secure to fit with their needs and the way they are using our devices.
What do you think that Samsung KNOX offers that other security devices do not?
The heart and soul of Samsung KNOX is intrusion detection so when a hacker gets a device the first thing they do is root the device and try and get access to all the data files in there. When you root a Samsung KNOX enabled device it actually invokes an action to secure the enterprise data in there. We also separate business data from personal data so you can enjoy your device in your personal life as well as your work life.
What will you be taking away from the Samsung Business Discovery Day?
The Business Discovery Day has been great , we’ve met so many different customers. We are building relationships and making sure that the customers are letting us know what they need and we are creating and making devices they need. The CIO panel today was inspirational. I thought I had a lot of experience but I learned a lot from them and the vast experience they shared.
Days like this help get the word out that Samsung is not a consumer only device company but we’re also within the enterprise, B2B area. We’re building that relationship directly with the customers and finding that the solution partners are out there.