Avaya Brings Business Apps to iPhone
The VAR Guy is starting to sound like a broken record (or a scratched CD, for those of you who don’t remember vinyl). Here’s the scoop: Avaya is the latest company to embrace the iPhone as a business device. Yes, a business device. Within the next year or so, as loyal readers here know, The VAR Guy expects the iPhone to emerge as major device for unified business communications.
You’ll recall that Apple and Cisco have kicked around an iPhone business relationship since last spring. Nothing ever came of those discussions. But Cisco’s software development team as well as Apple’s forthcoming software development kit should allow the iPhone to integrate more tightly with Cisco-powered networks. Sweet.
Now, Avaya is dialing its way into the iPhone market. The big network specialist says its unified communications software will provide iPhone with secure access to corporate telephony, voicemail, call logs, and corporate directories from the popular consumer device. Avaya apparently is the first networking company to specifically announce its unified strategy for iPhone, The VAR Guy believes. Avaya also claims to support the broadest range of mobile devices available — from RIM to Palm OS, Symbian, Windows Mobile and beyond.
So, what does all this mean? When The VAR Guy purchased an iPhone last month, he essentially bet that it would soon become a business device. Anybody care to bet otherwise?