Object Training has been appointed as the exclusive Nokia certified training centre in Australia and New Zealand.
The commercial training division of Australian enterprise software developer, Object Consulting, will provide all of Nokia’s mobile technology and application development training programs for the local developer community.
Object Consulting chief operating officer, Dr Julian Edwards, said the company had been working in the J2ME and MS compact framework platforms and was looking to expand its interests in the mobile area for some time.
The company currently focused on developing self service and e-commerce applications.
Object Training expects to roll out a training program that will include courses in Java, XHTML, MMS and the Series 60 C++.
“We do courses in all those technologies [currently] so the Nokia course set fitted perfectly,” Edwards said.
The 12-month training contract was the beginning of a formal relationship with Nokia.
“Nokia was looking for a company that was not only in the training business, but had a good amount of experience in software development,” Edwards said.
“Hopefully we can now not only do training for customers, but assist in coaching and mentoring and possibly application development in the mobile development space.”
He said that although Object had been working in the mobile technology area for five years, the timing of the contract was perfect as the right combination of market factors were finally falling into place for mobile application developers.
“Handsets are becoming ubiquitous, network bandwidth and charging models are getting there and the underlying technology — things like Java’s J2ME and the Microsoft .Net framework — is converging to allow serious applications to operate on the handsets,” Edwards said.
“IT organisations have also finally got some money again to get out there and generate new business opportunities. Now a lot of people are starting to investigate the area seriously.”
The use of the .Net framework in particular had allowed Object to begin to develop distributed systems — or applications that can run on any platform in any location — across the mobile application space, Edwards said.
“The mobile phone is now another device that will allow people to access corporate systems,” he said.
“It’s really about trying to build software that can cope with all the channels that will appear.”
The technology to build mobile applications had been around for a while, Edwards said, but was only now beginning to experience a wave of corporate demand.
“At the moment it’s a relatively small part of our business but we see it as an important, growing part of our business going forward,” he said.
“Obviously the link with Nokia is really timely since they’re the dominant handset company and platform.”