Nokia, Avanade team up to offer devices, services to enterprises

Large enterprises will benefit from managed services and applications by combining Microsoft's software solutions and Nokia smartphones, says Avanade.
Written by Zack Whittaker, Contributor

Nokia has penned a deal with business technology and managed services provider Avanade that will see the company create and deliver Nokia Lumia devices, along with supported applications and services to large enterprise customers.

Windows Phone 8. Credit: Microsoft

Accenture subsidiary Avanade, which was part founded by Microsoft in 2000, will help solidify the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend among large enterprises who use their smartphones for work and personal purposes. 

Avanade believes that smartphones and smart devices used in BYOD settings also require the creation and development of integrated services to combine the two. By using Microsoft's technology with Nokia's Lumia handsets, which run the latest Windows Phone 8 platform, it offers a tight ecosystem of apps and services that work seamlessly together. 

"Avanade and Nokia plan to deliver packaged offerings combining Avanade's application development and system integration services, Microsoft technology and Nokia's Lumia products and related services," the firm said in a press release today. 

In one example, Avanade and Nokia continue to help a large U.K. bank to replace its current mobile device platform and strategy with Windows Phone 8 devices, combined with Microsoft's Exchange email server and a new corporate enterprise hub that will allow employees to access corporate business applications and other content through Microsoft's collaboration service, SharePoint.

"Together with Accenture, Avanade and Nokia are also providing enterprise customers with Windows Phone and Microsoft infrastructure expertise to support the pilot adoption and testing of Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices through to production deployments," the firm said.

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