7/1/2003 - Fujitsu Limited and Nokia announced that they will cooperatively develop and provide end-to-end mobile solutions and services for enterprises utilizing Nokia's range of business terminals and platforms and Fujitsu's wide range of capabilities in consulting, systems integration and managed services. The companies will provide secure, easy-to-use horizontal and customized vertical mobility solutions and services for companies that want to take advantage of mobility to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve business processes. Initial rollouts will start immediately in the Nordic region and the UK, with expansion into selected regions of EMEA and Asia Pacific anticipated in the early part of 2004.
The new collaborative solution offerings will focus on three key areas: streamlining business processes with mobility, enabling mobile access to corporate resources, and remote working for mobile workers. In the initial phase, Fujitsu will utilize its existing service center operations to offer customers mobile access to corporate applications as a managed service using Nokia business terminals, including the Nokia 6600 imaging phone and other models running on the Symbian Operating System, which is becoming an increasingly significant enterprise-class platform.
"The Nokia business terminal platform range gives enterprises a unique opportunity to select from a range of devices that fit the needs of different workers, as well as optimize their IT spending when mobilizing business processes," said Erik Anderson, senior vice president, Business Applications, Nokia Mobile Phones. "With Fujitsu, a world-class integrator and service provider, we can jointly develop and offer corporate mobility solutions, thus enabling productivity gains for enterprises with fast systems integration, implementation and return on investment."
"Fujitsu is committed to building long-term relationships with enterprise customers by offering end-to-end infrastructure, solutions and services that add value to their businesses," said Kazuo Murano, corporate senior vice president, Fujitsu Limited. "This collaboration with Nokia - the world's leader in mobile terminals and platforms - marks an important new initiative that will enhance enterprise customers' ability to leverage mobility to become more cost efficient and competitive in their business operations."
Hartwall Ltd, a Finnish brewery and soft drink producer and a member of the international Scottish & Newcastle plc brewing group, is one company that has already enjoyed the benefits of a proven enterprise mobility solution developed in collaboration by Hartwall and Fujitsu and utilizing the Nokia 9210i Communicator.
"This critical mobile logistics automation system is at the core of our business process," said Ralf Hollmen, Sales and Logistics Director of Hartwall Ltd. "Our truck drivers enter goods flow information in their Nokia Communicators while servicing customers on their delivery and pick-up routes. From the Nokia Communicators, the information is transferred to our SAP R/3 system. This yields concrete business benefits for our company in the form of accelerated data communication, reduced errors, avoiding duplicate work, and streamlined logistics process from production to billing. Our drivers also have better control over their own work, as the system enables them to report changes in deliveries and any packaging returned from customers."
Other solutions and services to be jointly developed and provided by Fujitsu and Nokia will include mobile email, personal information management (PIM) coupled with secure authentication and access, as well as customized vertical applications to meet customer demand in a variety of industries. The companies will also focus on providing easy-to-use mobile terminal client connectivity and productivity-enhancing end-to-end solutions and services for enterprise business processes and operational systems.
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, highly reliable computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com/.
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed broadband and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet, Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on six major exchanges.
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