Nokia and Avanade join forces to push Windows Phone 8 enterprise deployment

Nokia has inked a deal with business technology solutions firm Avanade to deliver packaged Windows Phone 8 devices, applications and services to large enterprise customers.

The partnership hopes to take advantage of the BYOD trend - Avande conducted research which found that 42 per cent of workers want to use their own devices at work to complete more complex, high priority tasks.

The two firms’ future collaborative efforts will be aiming to satisfy this desire, giving business customers “Windows Phone and Microsoft infrastructure expertise" to help support the "adoption and testing of Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices" in the workplace.

The new allies are already in action in the UK, where they are helping a leading banking institution swap its current mobile platform for Windows Phone 8, as it looks to integrate employees' handsets with the wider Microsoft ecosystem, especially services like Exchange and SharePoint.

"There is a significant gap in the market for a new class of business-focused mobile services and solutions,” said Avanade executive Ian Jordan.

“Avanade and Nokia are working together to fill this gap; integrating Nokia Lumia smartphones built on Windows Phone 8, with business applications such as Microsoft Office, CRM and access to company information to improve collaboration, productivity and sales," he added.

Avanade is also helping firms to address Mobile Device Management (MDM) issues by applying existing corporate security policies to the provisioned Nokia devices, thereby simplifying the distribution of corporate business applications.

"The growth in the use of consumer devices at work has created opportunities for businesses, but also vulnerabilities that need to be addressed,” explained Niko Mykkänen, global head of B2B sales at Nokia.

“Working together, Nokia and Avanade will create business solutions to meet the needs of the enterprise, as well as delivering the exciting user experience which people expect from today's leading smartphones such as Nokia Lumia," he concluded.