Orange, Samsung team up to make tablets in enterprise easier to swallow

Orange, Samsung team up to make tablets in enterprise easier to swallow

Summary: Samsung and Orange tackle the enterprise together with supported tablets.

TOPICS: Tablets, Samsung

France's Orange has signed a deal with Samsung to roll out a managed and secure version its tablets to businesses across Europe.

The duo have signed an agreement to integrate Orange services — such as device management, deployment services, and customer support — within Samsung's enterprise tablets, as well as integrate Samsung's KNOX application container with Orange's mobile device management solution. They're also planning to customise applications for different verticals, such as education and healthcare.

Orange will begin its Samsung tablet charge with B2B customers in France, followed by Belgium, Poland and Spain.

The tablet the pair are chasing in the enterprise of course is Apple's iPad, which has established itself as a clear leader with 52 percent of the market, according to recent figures by analyst firm Forrester

Forrester has forecast huge potential for tablets in the enterprise, predicting earlier this year by 2017 one in five tablets sold globally will be to the enterprise - totaling 68 million units.

Microsoft's hopes that the BYOD trend might also see its own Surface Pro, and perhaps RT tablets, sweep into the enterprise haven't quite been realised.

In August, Microsoft belatedly acknowledged the role channel partners could play, launching its Surface channel reseller programme in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. It had previously launched a similar programme in the US.

Some of the services partners can provide include asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection.

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Topics: Tablets, Samsung

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  • Samsung tablets?

    Are they pushing tablets running Android, Windows 8, or a mix of both?
  • IDK

    As the MDM admin in my enterprise, I have profiled and used all the major tablet form factors. Setting aside full W8 tabs for the moment, I think out of RT, Android, and iOS; RT is the most productive device for enterprise. It has full Office with Outlook, RDP, RemoteApp, DirectConnect, multiple user profiles, can map network shares, map network drives, can plug in legacy devices such as DVD drive and thousands other USB devices, can even charge your phone.

    With that said, full W8.1 tablets being released this and next year will blow all other tablets considered for enterprise away. Just the 8" Dell baytrail one for $299 is incredible. These things are becoming thin, light, battery is hitting 8+ hours, come with LTE, etc.
    Rann Xeroxx