Sports Direct adopts Nokia Lumia 820 as corporate smartphone
NokNok.tv reports that Nokiaâ€™s Lumia range has found another corporate adoptee.
Jay Lyford, IT Manager at Sports Direct, a UK sportswear company which has 18,000 employees, spoke about the choices behind deciding on the Nokia Lumia 820.
â€œOver the past year or so, weâ€™ve been pressed by the need for managers to be more connected on the go,â€ says Mr Lyford. â€œWe needed to make sure they had the right devices, enabling managers to take pictures of stock and check, receive and send email on the road.â€
â€œWe have been using Nokiaâ€™s Lumia range of smartphones since they first launched in October 2011 as we were keen to get a foothold with the Windows Phone operating system,â€ added Mr Lyford. â€œWe are a Microsoft house through and through and Nokiaâ€™s Lumia devices are perfectly suited to our needs.â€
The company has previously used Windows Phone 7.5 Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 handsets, but have now upgraded to Windows Phone 8.
â€œCompany Hub allows us to push vital apps, company updates and important communications to usersâ€™ devices. Quite simply the Nokia Lumia 820, working with the rest of our Microsoft environment, makes communication across the estate simple and delivers a great end-user experience,â€ he said
He also expounded on the advantages of Windows Phone over their older Blackberry solution.
â€œMoving away from BlackBerry meant we could give smartphones to more people because there were no more monthly licence fees to pay, or any increased monthly subscriptions,â€ explains Mr Lyford. â€œWith yearly savings of approximately Â£14,400, we are now able to drastically increase the number of email-capable phones in use.â€
â€œSecurity is very important, especially with such a large user base. We didnâ€™t consider iOS or Android as we are not able to manage individual devices as we would like, nor are we able to secure them.â€
User satisfaction with the solution has also been good.
â€œThey love the new Lumia devices because theyâ€™re smart, quick and have great functionality,â€ says Mr Lyford.
The latest news follows the news that Mall of America, Foxtons and Coca cola have also added Windows Phone as an enterprise solution, which can only help adoption and sales of Windows Phone in general.