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Sunday, 23 November 2008 07:23

IBM Lotus Notes Traveler support announced for Nokia S60 3rd edition mobile phones

IBM and Nokia have just announced that Lotus Notes Traveler is extended to support a range of S60-based Nokia mobile phones — those built on S60 third edition of the Symbian OS — thus providing a major alternative to Windows Mobile device support.

The IBM and Nokia announcement, made on 20 November 2008, covers those Nokia mobile phones built on S60 third edition of the Symbian OS, of which over 80 million have been sold.

IBM has sold some 140 million seats of Lots Notes, running e-mail, calendaring, resource scheduling, and a vast range of other applications.

The underlying mobile support is provided by Lotus Domino server version 8.0.1 or later.

The detailed system requirements for Lotus Notes Traveler support are here and the list of Nokia phones with S60 3rd Edition support is here.

Lotus Notes Traveler software provides mobile support for IBM Lotus Notes and IBM Lotus Domino Web Access users. It provides automatic, real-time replication of Lotus Domino e-mail (including attachments), calendar, address book, journal and To Do lists.

Previous Lotus Traveler support was only for certain mobile devices running under Windows Mobile 5.0, 6.0 and 6.1 releases. The new support for devices from the largest mobile manufacturer is indeed good news for Lotus Notes users.

Organizations with mobile workers using the S60-based Nokia devices are no longer left out in the cold. They can take advantage of Lotus Traveler for increased responsiveness to business needs, leveraging their existing investment in Lotus Domino software.

According to IBM's Institute for Business Value, this year, for the first time, more people in the world will have a mobile device than a land-line telephone.

IBM predicts one billion mobile Web users by 2011 and a significant shift in the way the majority of people will interact with the Web over the next decade. In fact, mobile devices now outnumber television sets, credit cards and personal computers.

And Nokia is very happy with the new arrangement too.


In September this year, Nokia dropped further development and marketing of its own business mobility software, deciding instead to work with enterprise vendors such as Microsoft, IBM, Cisco as well as their broad range of operator and retail channel partners.

"Together with them, we will use our expertise in devices, as well as the combined channel footprint and customer base, to deliver a range of unbeatable end-to-end offerings for business," said Niklas Savander, EVP, Services & Software, Nokia, said back then.

Of the 20 November 2008 announcement, "This is another strong affirmation of our business mobility vision, which is to establish partnerships with the world's leading enterprise vendors," said Soren Petersen, senior vice president, Nokia.

"This collaboration means nearly 90 percent of business email can be mobilized with Nokia devices, without needing to purchase additional servers, middleware or licenses. With the presence, position and technology that IBM have in the corporate email market, they are an essential partner for us in enterprise," Petersen added.

"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. Lotus Notes Traveler for Nokia devices is a great example of that."

And Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of IBM Lotus Software, said: "We are excited about IBM's growing relationship with Nokia and what this does for the build-out of the mobile Web."

"We are literally freeing millions of people using Nokia's Symbian platform from having to rely on a desktop or laptop to access their important business communications."

"Working with the market leader like Nokia is a natural fit for attaining IBM's goals of maintaining the flow of business, regardless of time, distance or location -- all for no additional charge for both of our companies' current customers and a new opportunity for new customers."

IBM sees this announcement as a major development in its efforts to expand mobile support for the Lotus software portfolio. The ability to connect securely to business email, they said, is an example of Tomorrow at Work, an IBM initiative that examines a changing work environment and anticipates trends in technology, business, society and culture.

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Tony Austin

Worked at IBM from 1970, for a quarter century, then founded Asia/Pacific Computer Services to provide IT consulting and software development services (closed company at end of 2013). These says am still involved with IT as an observer and commentator, as well as attempting to understand cosmology, quantum mechanics and whatever else will keep my mind active and fend off deterioration of my grey matter.



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