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.
Can't Access Contacts Offline
Manually Push Contacts
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:
CiraSync, from Cira Apps Limited, is a SaaS solution for companies operating on Office 365. CiraSync can sync the Global Address List, Public Contact Folders and calendars. The Personal Edition is free. The Enteprise Edition requires setup by a Global Admin and costs about $1.50/user per month. It can be purchased in increments of 10 users.
itrezzo was developed initally for users wanting to sync BlackBerry PIN information. The itrezzo Unified Contact Manager is an extensive for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365. This on premise product allows for users to sync the GAL and many other contact types to user smartphones.
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.