IBM releases eight new apps that help make popular tablets ready for use in enterprise systems.
eight new social networking and collaboration mobile apps designed to address
enterprise-class requirements on tablets.
software, available for download today
popular application stores, takes IBM industry-leading
social networking, real-time collaboration and online meeting capabilities from
behind the company firewall and places it into the hands of tablet users.
offerings span a range of tablets, including the iPad. The software allows
employees to more effectively collaborate and share data, images and conduct
meetings on the fly more securely as part of their everyday work experience,
new applications, including social networking for iPad, attending online
meetings, instant messaging, accessing business documents, reducing calling,
and providing easier access to mail and calendar. IBM also released new
software for building applications faster and better, and for improving the Web
experience for users.
networking for iPad is available from the Apple application store at no charge
for existing IBM Connections users, the new application
includes a new interface ideal for tablet devices and allows for unique
document editing capabilities. Meanwhile, employees can attend online meetings
from their tablets anytime, anyplace. LotusLive
is available on Android
devices, and users can view shared presentations, chat with meeting
participants, and virtually raise and lower hands from tablets and other mobile
software users can also lead, participate in and manage
browser-based meetings from their iPad or Android tablets.
new mobile applications for iPad
and Android enable IBM Sametime users to use tablets to take immediate action
on urgent business tasks by providing one-on-one or group instant messaging,
background notifications and the ability to send photos through the chat
now in application stores, IBM Lotus Symphony Viewers allow mail users to view
any Open Document Format-based (ODF
document, spreadsheet and presentation on their iPad, iPhone or Android
. And IBM Sametime Unified
on tablets allows a user to initiate calls to whatever phone
happens to be nearby by controlling call-routing preferences and device
selection as well as have his or her one unified number appear in caller ID.
easier access to mail and calendar,
Lotus Notes Traveler
now enables IBM mail users to easily add widgets to their Android home screens
for quick, convenient access to mail and calendar, and allows users to call
people listed in their calendar views with just one click.
tablet and smart phone devices will be unwrapped this holiday season," said
Alistair Rennie, general manager of social business at IBM, in a statement.
"The ability to play Angry Birds is fun, but being able to also securely access
business applications, enterprise content and accelerate your organization will
be the real gift that keeps on giving."
use of tablets in business is on the rise. Increasingly, employees require
enterprise connectivity from their personal smartphones and tablet devices.
This phenomenon is also known as the "bring your own device," or
BYOD, to work trend.
IDC France, the tablet market is forecast to exceed 4.1 million in 2012,
representing 48 percent growth from 2011.
that 73 percent of business leaders surveyed currently allow mobile devices or
tablets to connect to their corporate networks.
employees at global medical device manufacturer ConMed
Notes Traveler application on iPad devices at a recent medical trade show, IBM
said. The application allowed ConMed employees to demonstrate its medical
devices, collect sales leads and send product information to prospective
customers right on the spot. ConMed Linvatec is a global leader in the fields
of arthroscopy, endoscopic medical video systems and powered surgical
result of using IBM collaboration software on iPad devices, we generated more
leads and acted on them sooner than ever before," Dale Westrate, messaging
systems architect for ConMed Linvatec's Largo division, said in a statement.
software is part of a suite of capabilities IBM offers to effectively address
21st century workforce trends. For example, IBM recently introduced a new mobile service
that helps organizations protect against data loss and other risks caused by
device theft, unauthorized access, malware, spyware and inappropriate
IBM is also
advancing the use of business analytics by delivering expanded native mobile-device
support with IBM Cognos Mobile on the iPad. Available to try
in Apple's iTunes store, the software enables mobile workers to take
their business analytics on the road whether offline or online, allowing for
recent acquisition of i2, IBM will offer software that increases the ability
for law-enforcement professionals to generate leads and solve cases. The
technology is the most widely deployed tactical lead-generation tool in the
U.S., and will soon include a mobile application, COPLINK Mobile Plus, for
iPad, iPhone and Android devices. COPLINK Mobile Plus can be test driven
by existing COPLINK
In addition to
ConMed Linvatec, other global organizations, including Bekins
, and schools like Virginia Commonwealth
are using IBM solutions to create a more effective workforce
through the use of tablets and other mobile devices.