By guest blogger, Ilari Nurmi, Nokia
I am a Finn. One of my favourite Finnish words is “sisu”. There is no directly equivalent word in English. It is sort of a combination of guts, determination, perseverance, and the ability to withstand adversity, no matter the odds.
Sisu factored in many of the decisions Nokia has made in the last few years. Having solidified our position as the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer, we set out to transform ourselves from a devices company, into one focused on giving consumers the best possible experience they could come to expect from a mobile device.
In September 2008, we made a significant strategic shift in our business mobility strategy. We announced we would cease developing and marketing our own behind-the-firewall solution. Instead, we decided to strengthen our strategic relationships with leading enterprise technology vendors, including IBM. To give up a key asset, one that anchored us to the lucrative enterprise mobility industry, required a big dose of sisu.
Less than two months later, Nokia and IBM announced Lotus Notes support for Nokia S60 smartphones.
On the surface, this seems simple enough: We announced our decision to partner, found a partner and made the change. But back in September 2008, this wasn’t an easy decision. A positive outcome wasn’t guaranteed.
Collaboration is hard work, especially when it’s between two
companies from different countries, with different cultures, backgrounds and
histories. However, we used our primary differences – our market offering – to
our advantage. Nokia’s leadership in mobile devices and IBM’s history in
corporate backend and enterprise IT laid the foundation for our collaboration.
With IBM, we also saw a common vision: to free millions of people from their desktops or laptops, and move them to Nokia’s Symbian smartphone platform for their important business communications. Since then, our partnership has strengthened, bringing upgrades and additional services to business smartphone users.
Lotusphere 2011 will be another milestone in the Nokia-IBM
collaboration. With IBM’s support for Symbian and new touchscreen smartphones
like the Nokia E7 prominently positioned in IBM’s mobile product roadmap, I am
extremely excited about the future. Excited for both companies, as we enter a
new phase of our relationship. And excited about the opportunities we will
unleash to enterprises and smartphone users around the world.
Sisu describes the courage to make a decision and then work your hardest to make it succeed. We recognized the market trend, and it’s no surprise that IBM has joined us in realizing our strategy for enterprise customers.
Like Nokia, IBM’s got sisu.