Speaking with ComputerWeekly , Iluri Nurmi, the vice president of Nokia’s enterprise smartphones (also known as E series) said that Finnish mobile phone giant is beginning to focus its efforts at mobile enterprise email to make a run at RIM.
He also noted that company was working both sides of the street, making Eseries devices sexier and more desirable to consumers, but also ensuring that they were tightly integrated with key enterprise software, such as Microsoft’s Exchange and Sync, and IBM’s Domino server technology.
“This means you don’t have to pay the ‘RiM tax’ of sending e-mail through a foreign server,” Nurmi told Computer Weekly. “You can connect directly to and from your enterprise servers with your mobile.” “The cost of connecting to a Nokia smartphone is built into the licence fees you already pay,” This also gave companies complete control over the security of the data as it did not go through a third party, he said.
One of the main keys in any run Nokia makes at RIM will be mobile email, Nurmi said. Nokia also knows it must focus its effort on North America.
He said companies were increasingly allowing staff to use their own smartphones to connect to corporate systems. “We are one of the few (phone makers) to understand both the consumer mind as well as the CIO’s anxieties about secure remote access,”he added.
Nurmi said Nokia smartphones were being built with remote phone locking and data wiping as standard. Many had on-board, hardware-accelerated encryption that would protect data if the phone was lost. “A lot of firms such as Gartner have endorsed Nokia’s phone security,” .