Guide

Need to build a device fleet? Here’s where to start

The innovator’s guide to fleet transformation
Building a device fleet from scratch can be challenging. We get that, and we’re here to help. With these resources, you’ll go from “I’m not sure where to start” to “I know exactly what to do” — and every step in between — in no time.
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For the first-time fleet strategist: The beginner’s guide to making devices work for you

Discover the benefits of putting devices in front of your customers
Learn where to start your journey
Get a 10,000 foot view of what a device fleet looks like
Break down the complexities and learn how your business can make the right decisions at the beginning
Identify your specific hardware needs and how it makes an impact on your fleet
Recognize common pitfalls and learn how to avoid them
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Myth
Android offers a poor end user experience
Android isn’t affordable — it’s cheap
Android is a cybersecurity risk
Android devices have short lifespans, so you’ll have to replace them sooner
Android hardware is inferior, isn’t it? And aren’t I stuck with ARM?
vs
Reality
Android can and does power world-class device UX — but your approach matters
Android is the ideal platform for end-to-end fleet OpEx management
Android offers enterprise grade security — and the keys are in your hands
Android enables agile fleet evolution — but you need a partner to leverage it well
Android hardware is whatever you want it to be (including x86, with Esper)

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Get all the information you need to design your app easily.

Dedicated device problem scenario

Scenario

You want to build an app that works across GMS and AOSP

Esper Solution

Since you can't use the GMS dev tech stack in this scenario, Esper created the ability to support managed config across GMS and AOSP.
You get the tools to programmatically control your config and push out data payloads in a fine grained manner to apps running on your devices. With Esper you can group your devices and create a specific managed config for a certain set of devices, customers, etc.
Discover the benefits of putting devices in front of your customers
Learn where to start your journey
Get a 10,000 foot view of what a device fleet looks like
Break down the complexities and learn how your business can make the right decisions at the beginning
Identify your specific hardware needs and how it makes an impact on your fleet
Recognize common pitfalls and learn how to avoid them

Learn from the dedicated device experts

Digital healthcare, or HealthTech, is accelerating at an unprecedented pace due to factors such as the need for remote care, decentralized clinical trials, and the power of connected wearable devices.
We’ve worked with numerous HealthTech organizations building anything from complex custom remote patient monitoring solutions to electronic clinical outcome assessment (eCOA) solutions for long-term decentralized clinical trials. In this ebook, we dive into five principles we’ve learned about building a strong foundation for your device fleet, so you can deftly navigate the inevitable challenges along the journey.

Learn from the dedicated device experts

Digital healthcare, or HealthTech, is accelerating at an unprecedented pace due to factors such as the need for remote care, decentralized clinical trials, and the power of connected wearable devices.
We’ve worked with numerous HealthTech organizations building anything from complex custom remote patient monitoring solutions to electronic clinical outcome assessment (eCOA) solutions for long-term decentralized clinical trials. In this ebook, we dive into five principles we’ve learned about building a strong foundation for your device fleet, so you can deftly navigate the inevitable challenges along the journey.

For the advanced planner: The full story — what, why, and how

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To meet the growing demand for digital ordering, most restaurants, from fine dining establishments to quick-service restaurants, have transitioned to digital experiences such as online ordering, delivery, and digital self-serve to increase revenue and build customer loyalty among users who expect a digital-first experience.

50%
of Gen Z is willing to try a new restaurant if it offers curbside options, according to a Bluedot survey.
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Pro-tip:

Most MDMs are built to accommodate smartphones and tablets, but far fewer offer compatibility with mPoS, kiosks, ruggedized devices, smart fitness equipment, and telehealth devices. A smart approach to hardware procurement is key to mobile security, and this process should involve learning whether devices are compatible with your MDM.

  • 0: MDM is a best fit solution (probably)
  • 1-3: MDM is not a best fit solution and may slow you down  
  • 4-7: MDM is a poor fit and will cause problems
  • 7+: MDM is inappropriate for your use case
  • Read the full, detailed playbook. Everything you need from start to finish. 
  • Determine the best business model, hardware solutions, operating system, and a lot more for your business.
  • Discover why Android is the most versatile, longest lasting choice for device fleets.
  • Uncover advanced app delivery models for the ultimate in updates and agility. 
  • Recognize all the untapped potential devices can offer.
  • Learn why automation is the future of device management. (and how to get started)
92%
of restaurant business now takes place off-premise, as stated by Fast Casual.
57%
of respondents want a DevOps-based solution to help speed up time to market for new services and improvements
55%
say they will use DevOps to help improve the user experience of apps and services
33%

With these two guides, you’ll learn everything you need to get started planning, designing, and building your device fleet. You’ll understand all the big considerations at play, and how to navigate the complexities of making the right choices for your business. 

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Your device strategy goes beyond deployment — and that’s why we’re here

Once you’ve made the tough decisions and have your fleet planned, it’s time to consider how you’ll manage it. This is the last and potentially the most important aspect of fleet planning, because what happens after deployment is where the magic is.

And once you get there, we’ve got you. Esper is better device management, but you don’t have to take our word for it — take this 10 question assessment to help you break down your device management needs and how we can help.

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