Nokia links handheld to enterprise IT

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Nokia links handheld to enterprise IT

Cliff Saran
Nokia and IBM will be demonstrating a new mobile platform that links the Communicator handheld computer to enterprise IT during this week's 3GSM conference in Cannes.

Forrester Research has coined the term "X internet" to describe a trend among businesses to extend the internet to devices that connect over the air to support track-and-trace, telematics and remote monitoring. Nokia is one of the companies pioneering X internet.

The Business Solutions division at Nokia has been working with IBM on middleware and a new smartphone, the Communicator 9500, since June 2003.

The first products of this collaboration are middleware tools - Websphere Everyplace access, to provide integration with applications such as Siebel and Oracle, and Websphere Connection Manager, a tool to provide roaming between various wireless networks such as 2.5g and Wi-Fi.

Juha Ala-Laurila, director of alliance development at Nokia Enterprise Solutions, said IT directors would be able to manage the Communicator 9500 remotely using system management software such as CA Unicenter and Tivoli.

Users including photocopier maker Ricoh, DaimlerChrysler and Pfizer have been running trials with the platform.

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