Nokia and IBM collaborate to deliver business mobility solutions in India

PC World News Desk 16 Dec 2010

Announcing their collaboration today, Nokia India and IBM will offer a solution for Nokia business phones to get direct, secure access to email and personal information through IBM Domino servers. This way, enterprises that already have an IBM Domino server will be able to push mail onto Nokia smartphones which use the Symbian S60 OS. To acquire this ability, organizations only need to deploy IBM Lotus Notes Traveler for Nokia smartphones. The IBM Lotus Notes Traveler solution is supported by a wide range of Nokia smartphones that cover the business user market.

In the announcement, a number of Indian companies were named as being among those who've benefited from large-scale deployment of this solution, and improved efficiency at a lower cost compared to rival solutions. Further, they state that industry reports show India will remain the world’s second largest wireless market (behind China). This factor certainly is irresistible to providers of business solutions.

Speaking at the announcement, Mr. V Ramnath, Director Operator Channels for Nokia India said, "IT directors are being pressurized to deploy business mobility solutions such as email, IM and intranet access for more employees, but without incurring high costs on additional middleware, licenses and maintenance. IBM Lotus Notes Traveler gives business professionals easy, secure and real-time access to their email boxes, corporate contacts and corporate calendar on their Nokia smartphones. Direct access mail also drastically reduces the cost of managing and maintaining servers."

Mr. Pradeep Nair -Director - Software Group, IBM India/South Asia said, "We are extremely happy to collaborate with Nokia, as our association will be yet another milestone towards smarter business mobility. This announcement is part of our continuing effort to expand mobile support for the Lotus software portfolio. The ability to connect securely to business email is an example of Tomorrow at Work, an IBM initiative that examines a changing work environment and anticipates trends in technology, business, society and culture."

Nokia offers its smartphone users a wide range of security functions -- the E series smartphones come with built-in features as well as add-on applications to meet the security needs of business users and organizations. In addition to access to corporate email and infrastructure, Nokia smartphone users also enjoy access to maps, navigation, download apps and access other services through Ovi. The popularity of Business category apps in the Ovi Store is said to have significantly increased with India being one of the top downloading countries.