Good news today for the prospects of seeing more Windows Phone make their way into the important business market. Nokia and Avande have signed a deal to get Microsoft services, Lumia products and expertise into the enterprise.
Avanade is a global business technology solutions and managed services provider. Currently the company is helping a large UK bank replace its current fleet of phones with Windows Phone 8 devices. Read on to find out more.
Nokia has recently stepped up their efforts in promoting Windows Phone 8 devices to business. They have produced some interesting posts and are also engaging in social networking via twitter to get the message across. The aim in clear, their next vector of attack is for the all-important business customer, this deal looks set to help bring a whole package of products and services to help make that happen.
Ian Jordan, executive VC of Sales, Marketing Avanade had the following to comment on the partnership:
"There is a significant gap in the market for a new class of business-focused mobile services and solutions. Avanade and Nokia are working together to fill this gap; integrating Nokia Lumia smartphones built on Windows Phone 8, with business applications such as Microsoft Office, CRM and access to company information to improve collaboration, productivity and sales." -
Unlike some of Microsoft’s partners it's clear Nokia can see the potential to take the Windows Phone platform to business. After all the OS comes with first class exchange integration, bitlocker, office mobile and more. In this case it looks as though they will be concentrating on delivering a holistic solution using Microsoft technologies.
Niko Mykkänen, global head of B2B Sales at Nokia had this to say about the deal and the potential it offers:
"The growth in the use of consumer devices at work has created opportunities for businesses, but also vulnerabilities that need to be addressed. Working together, Nokia and Avanade will create business solutions to meet the needs of the enterprise, as well as delivering the exciting user experience which people expect from today's leading smartphones such as Nokia Lumia."
There is no doubt that Windows Phone as a operating system has reached a vital turning point in both perception and acceptance as a viable player. It is now up to Nokia and Microsoft to ensure it reaches into all the places it has so far not touched.
Let us know what you think of this news in the comments below and tell us if you’re already using Windows Phone in your business.
Source: Market Wire
Posted by Steven Woodgate
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