Nokia and IBM have announced IBM Lotus Notes support for a number of Nokia's S60-based mobile phones, that would help millions of Lotus Notes users access email with their Nokia devices. With many Nokia customers now able to purchase Lotus Notes, the collaboration also represents a significant market opportunity for IBM Lotus Notes, which already has 140 million licensed users.
With Nokia shipping more than 80 million S60 third edition devices globally, this opens up access to a whopping number of corporate email accounts. The Lotus Domino Server software, known as Lotus Notes Traveler, provides real time access to email, calendar, address book, journal and to-do list data and will now be available for Nokia devices by December 2008. In September, Nokia signed a similar deal with Microsoft, the leading corporate email provider.
This year, for the first time, more people in the world will have a mobile device than a landline telephone, according to IBM's Institute for Business Value. The figure is supposed to reach one billion by 2011 and IBM predicts a significant shift in the way the majority of users will interact with the web over the next decade. Already mobile devices outnumber television sets, credit cards and personal computers.
In line with their business mobility vision to establish partnerships with the world's leading enterprise vendors, this collaboration means nearly 90 per cent of business email can be mobilised on Nokia devices, without needing to purchase additional servers, middleware or licences. Nokia recently released a high-end smartphones aimed at enterprises, and said the flagship E71 will be picked up by AT&T.
With its technology and presence and position in the corporate email market, IBM is an ''essential partner for us in enterprise," says Soren Petersen, senior vice president, Nokia. People can now stay connected to their email, information and network remotely with the convenience they desire with Lotus Notes Traveler and Nokia devices, he added.
"We are excited about IBM's growing relationship with Nokia and what this does for the build-out of the mobile Web," said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of IBM Lotus Software. Millions of people have been freed from having to rely on Nokia's Symbian platform on a desktop or laptop to access their important business communications. The ability to connect securely to business email is just the beginning of a new era of the future at work on your fingertips literally. Other IBM Lotus technologies that can be mobilised for anytime anywhere work include Lotus Sametime for instant messaging and unified communications, Lotus Connections for enterprise social networking and Lotus Quickr for social content sharing.