Nokia Buys Messaging Platform Intellisync

Nokia wants a bigger piece of the enterprise market and is willing to pay.

The Finnish handset and network gear maker said today it would buy Intellisync for $430 million in cash.

The new technology would help Nokia offer corporate users the ability to connect practically any device to any data source, application or network.

“Intellisync’s multi-device and multi-platform support is a very important factor in dealing with IT departments,” Mary McDowell, executive vice president and general manager of Nokia’s enterprise solutions business group, said during a conference call.

McDowell said Intellisync’s existing relationships with device manufacturers such as Research In Motion , which makes the popular Blackberry, will not change once the deal closes.

The handset and network gear maker said Intellisync is in keeping with other initiatives aimed at enterprise customers, such as Nokia Business Center, a software offering that enables push e-mail and collaborative business applications.

Besides helping Nokia attract more corporate users, Intellisync also brings a stable of wireless carriers, including the nation’s largest providers, Cingular and Verizon Wireless.

Other benefits to Nokia include a skilled software sales force and mobile security and device management offerings, said Woodson ‘Woody’ Hobbs, president and CEO of San Jose, Calif.-based Intellisync.

The acquisition is expected to close within three to four months, provided Intellisync shareholders and regulators give their blessing.

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