Nokia makes mobiles better business tools

Nokia is pushing mobile devices to the forefront of enterprise computing with the launch of its Business Centre solution.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  September 26, 2005

Nokia is pushing mobile devices to the forefront of enterprise computing with the launch of its Business Centre solution. Designed to make business applications such as e-mail available to employees anytime and anywhere, the mobile phone giant also believes its latest application makes mobile corporate messaging more affordable than ever before. “There are two things that are essential to mobility in the enterprise — voice and mobile e-mail,” says Eric Anderbjörk, senior sales manager for Nokia’s Middle East & Africa enterprise solutions business unit. “Although there are already solutions on the market — we have been offering e-mail access through the Communicator for some time — the Business Centre is different. This is real push e-mail and it has the security that enterprises need.” The solution works by creating a link between a user’s mobile phone and their corporate e-mail server. Nokia is initially offering two types of client — a standard version and a professional client. The standard version allows users to compose, read and delete e-mail. It also provides support for working offline and push-e-mail. In addition, the professional client offers a richer e-mail experience and features for handling meeting requests, sorted views, attachment support, and the ability to access corporate data. Both versions support mobile e-mail from a range of Nokia handsets, including the 9300 and the 9500. Although the Business Centre only currently works with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Lotus Notes and Domino will be added in the next version of the Nokia Business Centre. According to Anderbjörk, Nokia is also planning to make the solution available to non-Nokia handsets that are Java-based, as long as they meet Nokia’s standards. Unlike other solutions, Nokia says its offering is more secure, because rather than storing and then forwarding messages, the Business Centre offers a streamlined data transfer path that goes directly to a user’s device. “The important thing about the Nokia Business Centre is the security. With it, enterprises have control of their security. Without this control, they will not seriously entertain the idea of mobile e-mail as a core application,” says Anderbjörk.

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