Avanade and Nokia to Deliver Packaged Windows Phone 8 Devices,

Avanade and Nokia to Deliver Packaged Windows Phone 8 Devices,
Applications and Services to Meet Growing Demand for Business Ready
Mobile Solutions 
SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/09/13 --  Avanade(R), a global
business technology solutions and managed services provider, today
announced an agreement with Nokia to create and deliver packaged
Nokia Lumia devices, applications and services to large enterprise
customers.  
As consumer mobile technologies spread into the workplace, employees
increasingly want to use their personal devices for business
functions. In an Avanade survey, over half (54%) of C-level
executives and IT decision-makers report the majority of their
employees use smartphones for work functions such as email, web
content and calendar invitations. Additionally, many employees (42%)
now want to use their own devices for more complex, mission-critical
tasks, such as content creation and customer relationship management
(CRM), which drive productivity. But greater use of smart devices for
business systems requires the development of specialized applications
to enable seamless and secure integration. 
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.
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. 
Ian Jordan, executive vice president of Sales, Marketing, Innovation
and Alliances at Avanade, said, "There is a significant gap in the
market for a new class of business-focused mobile services and
solutions. 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."  
As an example, Avanade and Nokia are helping a large UK bank to
replace its current mobile device platform with Windows Phone 8,
integrated with its Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint environments.
They are also working with 
the bank to build a new corporate
enterprise hub that will enable employees to access corporate
business applications, content feeds and information relevant to the
organization, as well as user profiles and other Microsoft SharePoint
content. Additionally, Avanade is implementing Mobile Device
Management (MDM) to apply security policies to the devices thereby
simplifying provisioning and enabling the distribution of corporate
business applications directly to the devices. 
Niko Mykkaenen, global head of B2B Sales at Nokia, said, "The growth
in the use of consumer devices at work has created opportunities for
businesses, but also vulnerabilities that need to be addressed.
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."  
About Avanade 
 Avanade provides business technology solutions and
managed services that connect insight, innovation and expertise in
Microsoft technologies to help customers realize results. Our people
have helped thousands of organizations in all industries improve
business agility, employee productivity, and customer loyalty.
Avanade combines the collective business, technical and industry
expertise of its worldwide network of experts with the rigor of an
industrialized delivery model to provide high quality solutions using
proven and emerging technologies with flexible deployment models --
on premises, cloud-based or outsourced. Avanade, which is majority
owned by Accenture, was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and
Microsoft Corporation and has 17,000 professionals in more than 20
countries. Additional information can be found at www.avanade.com.  
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Avanade: 
Corey Olfert 
+1-206-508-3103
Corey.Olfert@avanade.com 
Edelman PR: 
Kelsey Shively 
+1-206-505-6576
Kelsey.Shively@edelman.com 
 
 
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