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  1. 1. Preparing for the mobile revolution - Enterprise Mobility -Saturday, July 11, 200912:48 PM Preparing for the mobile revolutionNokia | must begin assessing and preparing for the short and long-term impact of mobile technology on theirworkforce – or face being left behind. Here, Francois Bornibus, VP of Nokia Enterprise Solutions, EMEA, offers his thoughtson why the move towards mobility will have such a big impact on working practices.CXO. Traditionally it has been sectors such as utilities and telecoms that have driven the adoption of enterprisemobility technologies. But as an increasing number of companies recognise the time and productivity benefits ofenabling workers on the move, what innovative applications are you witnessing?FB. Implementing a mobility strategy among field and sales personnel can change the entire dynamics of this segment ofthe workforce. With instant information suddenly available at their fingertips, they need no longer return to the office to lookup information or log an item. In addition, the customer stands to benefit by receiving the quote or necessary datainstantaneously from the worker empowered with information on the go. But it’s not just the road warriors and fieldemployees who benefit from mobility. Commuters and office-bound workers, commuting to and from the office and goingfrom meeting to meeting, are just as mobile and can also benefit greatly from mobile technology.Organisations must now focus on what type of information is most important in order to drive productivity. Individualprocesses and daily work routines should be evaluated as potential areas in which mobile applications can deliverproductivity improvements. Mobile technologies can be employed to streamline work processes, reduce dependence onpaper and encourage and enhance automation. For instance, instead of requiring workers to come into the office to fill outtime and expense reports, they can perform these functions directly on their mobile device from a remote location. The netresult is an increase in the speed of transactions and information exchange. By providing workers with access to rich pushe-mail and calendars (in addition to other collaborative applications), efficiencies can be achieved that will yield measurableproductivity gains. And along with these productivity improvements come critical cost savings.As mobile technologies are effectively integrated across an organisation, workers are able to carry out routine businessprocesses remotely, which leads to an overall improvement in performance. This results in a compound effect as thecompany starts to operate more efficiently and is able to react far more quickly to market dynamics.CXO. How should organisations go about formulating a mobility strategy?FB. As an organisation adds mobility, it is imperative that the correct building blocks are put in place so the organisation canachieve maximum benefits. The building blocks of an effective mobile infrastructure have distinct interdependencies thatoften affect different aspects of an organisation and must be considered as part of a larger whole in order to avoid costlymistakes and failures.In developing an effective mobility strategy, an organisation must look at the overall impact of mobilisation from a businessperspective. Access networks, security, devices and device management, voice and data applications and service andsupport all require a thoroughly planned and carefully integrated approach.As more workers are able to take technology on the road – ranging from Wi-Fi enabled laptops through increasingly capablePDAs to powerful smartphones – the variety of applications that they demand access to is broadening. Oncecommunication tools are in place through voice and e-mail, mobile access to intranet and corporate data (such as customerdatabases and financial reports) can be provided.Finally, applications can truly enhance business processes – enterprise resource planning applications, CRM packages andsupply chain information can offer real-time visibility and substantial operational efficiencies.Once mobile device hardware and software is determined, middleware to connect the different applications on the device toan organisation’s network has to be standardised. Middleware is significant in ensuring interoperability between voice,business e-mail, calendar and contacts, rich messaging, voice, applications and content. Improving efficiency and enablingnew business processes is the goal, which becomes possible when diverse applications and content needs drive platformthinking. ACTION ITEMS_Running List Page 1
  2. 2. CXO. Revisiting device decisions will be a key part of managing any enterprise mobility solution over the comingyears. How should companies approach this?FB. Deploying the right mobile devices is key to providing workers with the tools they need to achieve business objectives.Form-factor and functionality will impact how useful and readily accepted mobile solutions will be by the workforce. One sizedoes not fit all, which is why it is important to select the right device for the right task and time.As mobility is integrated across the business, many organisations face an inevitable struggle between employees wanting toselect their own devices and IT dictating which solutions they can provide the most support for, those that fit best within theoperational systems in place.Nokia offers a full range of business-optimised, open standards-based mobile devices complete with applications andenhancements that meet a rapidly growing array of employee needs from messaging and web browsing to document editingand virtual meetings, all well suited to both the voice and application experiences. From its vast mobility experience, Nokiaknows that it’s not good enough to simply repurpose a consumer device with new software – the software and applicationsmust drive the design of a device.CXO. How are companies using mobility applications and wireless devices to extend the enterprise beyond thetraditional four walls of the office? What advantages do these solutions offer?FB. It is fair to say that businesses wanting to go mobile today have encountered a patchwork of possibilities – a collectionof admittedly worthwhile and interesting horizontal and point solutions – but nonetheless, a do-it-yourself jigsaw puzzlewhich has left many businesses wondering where to turn.Nokia saw this jigsaw problem as the biggest hurdle to overcome so the company brought together the essentialcomponents of business mobility, drawing from within Nokia and from its channel partners.In the real world, few companies can or should, work in isolation. Nokia has strong alliances and working relationships withhundreds of other businesses. Some partners help craft Nokia solutions through specialised hardware or software.These are important industry players who know the business space inside-out, and include IBM, Oracle, BlackBerry, Good,PointSec, CheckPoint, Symantec, Avaya, Cisco and the 400 partners within Forum Nokia who are today developingbusiness applications. Still other partners help us bring our solutions to market by incorporating our solutions in theirbusiness offerings.So, acknowledging the scope of a business’ needs, Nokia acts as an orchestrator of solutions, reaching out to the industryand delivering businesses with the best combination of skills, resources and innovation.The opportunity to effectively mobilise an organisation’s workforce is here. Nokia is serious about the business mobilitymarket and, with the help of its partners, is able to bring businesses of all sizes a truly integrated mobile business solution.What role is Nokia playing in the enterprise mobility revolution?Intellisync is a portfolio of products that can be used alone or in combination to create a comprehensive and flexible mobilitysolution.Intellisync Wireless E-mail keeps employees informed regardless of time and place by securely extending any corporate e-mail server to virtually any mobile device, over almost any network. It is a full-featured wireless e-mail solution for medium tolarge businesses that connects a wide range of mobile devices to popular e-mail servers, letting users easily access their e-mail, calendar, contacts, notes and task lists – no matter where they’re located. The solution supports a wide range ofmobile devices, so users can choose the device that suits them best – whether it’s a Nokia Eseries device, a Palm device,Pocket PC, Windows Mobile smartphone, Symbian device, IMAP client or other popular platform. Intellisync Wireless E-mailtakes advantage of native applications on these devices so users can use a familiar interface with the highest degree of ACTION ITEMS_Running List Page 2
  3. 3. takes advantage of native applications on these devices so users can use a familiar interface with the highest degree offunctionality. The solution also provides standard e-mail functions, as well as the ability to view attachments and managefolders. It provides standard calendar, task and memo functionality, plus the added ability to gather personally relevant data,such as flight information, maps and local weather.Designed from the ground up, Intellisync Device Management provides one of the most comprehensive devicemanagement solutions for cost-effectively managing almost every aspect of an organisation’s mobile deployment, and allbacked by services expertise and reach. With the Intellisync Device Management solution, IT administrators can managethe mobile solution lifecycle from initial device provisioning, device and security policy configuration, through to applicationdeployment/configuration and continual device software and policy enforcement updates. Features such as theft/lossprotection, over-the-air updates, automatic device backups and asset management and reporting, protect business assetswhile streamlining deployment and ongoing mobile device administration.Security is also one of the most critical elements to be considered when building mobility into your organisation. Before anorganisation begins to fully integrate mobile solutions into their infrastructure, stringent, standardised and comprehensivesecurity measures must be put into place. Because of the diversity of systems used in any organisation, the right type ofgatekeepers and security measures should be implemented before putting corporate information at risk. Whether it involvesfixed or wireless communications, desktop or mobile devices, corporate or personal applications, on or off campus usage, itis vital to ensure security within the devices and connectivity itself. Nokia offers a range of hardware and software solutionsto provide security from the device endpoint through the network infrastructure. Organisations have a choice of secure socket layer (SSL) or IPSec virtual private networks (VPN) offerings to address theirdiverse security needs. The Nokia IP VPN family provides a platform for organisations to deploy mobile applications.Individuals with mobile devices can intuitively connect to any application by simply clicking on the application icon on theirphone. For IT, Nokia IP VPN streamlines administration and maintenance.After an organisation has deployed its mobile infrastructure, overall support systems should be put into place. Beyondsecurity, lifecycle management becomes IT’s biggest challenge due to the diversity of devices, software environments,ownership, usage cases, networks and standards.Given the complexity of the mobility value chain, organisations are increasingly placing a high value on end-to-end supportand service. Nokia’s professional services organisation helps companies understand the business challenges of mobiletechnologies.Inserted from <> ACTION ITEMS_Running List Page 3