Lotus broadens platforms for mobile business solutions

Nokia smartphone users to be given chance to access Lotus Notes email and collaboration capabilities

In a bid to significantly broaden the amount of devices that can be used to access its email on mobile devices, Lotus has entered into an agreement with Nokia to support a number of the latter's S60-based mobile phones.

IBM Lotus Notes boasts 140 million licensed users and the result of the agreement is that more than 80 million people—that is the number of S60 3rd Edition devices that Nokia claims to have shipped globally—will be able to purchase Lotus Notes and access its collaboration capabilities.

The deal will be a coup for Nokia who has been under extreme pressure in the smartphone market and has seen added competition from Apple with its iPhone and can expect even more competition from RIM with the recently launched BlackBerry Storm and the Android platform from Google who already has T-Mobile offering the G1 device.

Notes compatibility may tempt those companies looking to invest in new platforms to support mobile business applications to stick with their existing Nokia estate rather than invest in a Storm or other such alternatives.

From the beginning of December 20008, users will connect to corporate email accounts via Lotus Domino Server software known as Lotus Notes Traveller. The software provides real time access to email, calendar, address book, journal and to-do list data and will be available for Nokia devices in December 2008

IBM believes that the mobile computing industry has reached a tipping point and quotes research from its Institute for Business Value that shows that this year, for the first time, more people in the world will have a mobile device than a land-line telephone.

“This collaboration means nearly 90% of business email can be mobilised with Nokia devices, without needing to purchase additional servers, middleware or licenses," added Soren Petersen, senior vice president, Nokia. "People need to be connected to their email, information and network when they are out of the office and that has to be done conveniently and on their terms."


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