The GAL and Smartphones
This section looks at a number of solutions for syncing the GAL to smartphones, and their functionality.
The GAL and Smartphones: Current Problems
The Missing Sync.
Manually Push Contacts
Can't Access Contacts Offline
Updates Aren't Automatic
The GAL and Commercially Available Smartphone Solutions
If you want the GAL reliable synced to smartphones, you will need a third-party solution. Tools developed in-house rarely stand up to the test of ongoing usage. Here are several companies that have proven solutions and reference customers
GAL Sync Solutions:
itrezzo Having operated for over a decade, itrezzo is one of the most established UCM (universal contact management) solutions for Microsoft Exchange. This on-premises product allows for users to sync the GAL to their smartphones by leveraging Active Sync and mailboxes.
CiraSync CiraSync, from Cira Apps, is a lightweight solution for companies operating on Office 365. CiraSync can be deployed rapidly and is highly affordable. It can be purchased in increments as small as 10 users.
This video shows how to use the Enterprise Editiion of CiraSync to Sync the GAL (Office 365 Global Address List) to Outlook, iPhones, iPads Android using a centrally managed solution. You must be an Office 365 Global Administrator.
Create a mirror of the GAL on an iPhone or Android. For best practices on syncing the GAL to an iPhone or any other SmartPhone, take advantage of the experience and knowledge of your peers who have gone before you.
It’s not just that Microsoft took a pass on this vital function. or that up-to-date contacts are 10x as valuable in your smartphone as they are anywhere else. Check out 13 other reasons to sync Office 365 GAL contacts to the productivity center that everyone carries everywhere.