Final month Oculus launched the Oculus for Enterprise program for enterprise prospects. The corporate guarantees a safe and dependable VR resolution for enterprise prospects with the aptitude to handle VR deployments and have a tailor-made in-headset expertise. Is that this the brand new spine of immersive expertise constructed with the enterprise in thoughts; is person friendliness and adaptableness on the core of this expertise? Learn on to seek out out.
Visitor Article by Onno Bos
Based mostly in Switzerland, Onno is a contract senior resolution architect engaged on a digital actuality platform for a multinational enterprise. He has beforehand labored on giant scale cloud and SAAS implementations. You may join with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
I’ve been working with Oculus for Enterprise, making ready my consumer to deploy VR at giant scale and combine it with inside options. Throughout this time the workforce reviewed each the software program and hardware to know their key capabilities and the challenges to beat. I wish to give a primary hand perception into the Oculus for Enterprise platform that I’ve discovered from this era. I’ll use seven qualities of enterprise options to overview the capabilities of the platform: person expertise, availability, efficiency, scalability, adaptability, safety and economic system.
First, a fast primer. What’s Oculus for Enterprise?
Oculus gives a platform known as Oculus for Enterprise which is constructed on Fb Office. Oculus for Enterprise is introduced as a safe and dependable VR resolution for enterprises. It contains software program to arrange and handle VR headset deployments, a tailor-made in-headset expertise, and enterprise-grade buyer assist.Picture courtesy Oculus
The one hardware the corporate gives with these capabilities is its Quest headset with a customized constructed enterprise particular working system and a SAAS providing to handle VR headsets within the cloud. The headset prices round $1,000 which features a one 12 months license of $180 and a 24-month guarantee and buyer assist. That may be a steep worth for a tool that’s not continually used like a pc or cell phone; at that worth level the system will primarily be used for particular duties as a shared system (for instance to finish a coaching course).
Oculus for Enterprise software program has a easy intuitive person interface that’s constructed on high of Fb Office design rules. The menus are clear and simple to know. The navigation is easy, no further coaching required. Nevertheless the person interface is lacking key functionalities for deploying giant numbers of headsets. There isn’t a search performance to seek out or filter particular gadgets in a listing. You may’t add further metadata to a headset simply establish it by your personal standards, and there’s no performance to export a listing of gadgets from the applying.
The system on-boarding strategy of Quest by way of Oculus for Enterprise is easy, nevertheless a time consuming exercise. For on-boarding there may be an Android app from Oculus (no iOS app out there right now); you possibly can onboard up 25 gadgets on the identical time, nevertheless you want to have entry to a superb wi-fi community with entry to the web to finish the setup efficiently. Plan your time effectively, should you plan to on-board numerous gadgets you will want a substantial period of time.Picture courtesy Oculus
Enterprises with numerous cell gadgets accessing firm community assets have a tendency to make use of a Cellular System Administration (MDM) resolution like MobileIron or Workspace ONE. Oculus for Enterprise will overlap along with your MDM options within the organisation.
Functionalities like certificates supply, distant wipe, distant lock, and system pincode enforcement can solely be achieved along with your MDM resolution. The Oculus Quest headset runs on Android fork which doesn’t comprise Android for Enterprise, which signifies that performance like ‘silent deployment’ of certificates, VPN, and computerized proxy configuration will not be doable. This will solely be achieved with assist of the IT division and have to be achieved for every headset individually.
Oculus for Enterprise gives the performance to deploy your personal VR content material to a number of headset on the identical time with none guide actions required. To distribute content material to your headsets, the system will set off a course of in your headset to obtain the content material utilizing a URL that you just specify. In case your obtain location makes use of HTTPS you will want to make use of the certificates which are signed with trusted authority and never a certificates signed by your organisation. The one choice to safe your obtain location is by including customized request headers, no different protocols or certificates are supported. Oculus for Enterprise doesn’t provide any idea of enterprise content material shops for self-service and you may’t set up a VR utility utilizing your personal MDM resolution or utilizing guide side-loading.
The Oculus Quest headset out there as a part of Oculus for Enterprise is particularly tailor-made for enterprise. After you placed on the headset you enter the principle menu space which is simplified in comparison with the buyer model; all settings have been hidden from the end-user behind an admin menu which may solely be accessed utilizing a pin code and the Oculus utility retailer has been eliminated.
Because of this content material must be pushed to the headset and there are not any choices from the person to obtain content material from Oculus retailer or an enterprise retailer. It might to have the ability to customise the feel and appear of the principle menu space to the wants of the client, nevertheless that is at the moment not doable.
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