IBM announces new mobile phone support for Lotus Notes, including enhanced support for the Apple iPhone and RIM BlackBerry smartphones.
has announced new mobile phone support
for its Lotus Notes software, including enhanced support for the Apple iPhone
and Research In Motion's BlackBerry smartphones.
IBM on May 12 announced the beta release
of its Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1 collaboration software, including plans to
support Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync in Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.1. This
capability will extend Lotus Domino's automatic synching capabilities for
e-mail and calendaring tools to the iPhone.
"Providing Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support via the Lotus Notes
Traveler software is part of IBM's pledge to
provide enterprises the choice and flexibility to select the mobile devices and
carriers that best suit their needs," Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of
Messaging and Collaboration products in the IBM
Software Group, said in a statement. "This will allow employees 'on the
go' to work smarter."
"I look forward to [Lotus Notes] Exchange ActiveSync support. Johnson
Controls' health care and education industry customers use Apple platforms, and
we've begun to officially provide application support on those," Jim
Marshall, director of Global Architecture for Johnson Controls, said in a
statement. "Mobile messaging is considered a critical application."
IBM officials said although iPhone users
can already access Notes e-mail via the IBM
Lotus iNotes ultralight client, the new ActiveSync support will mean push
access to the popular software, including the ability to view Notes mail,
calendar and contacts data when not connected on the iPhone. "I look
forward to Exchange ActiveSync support because it will allow me to use my
iPhone for Notes contacts and calendar offline," said Professor Ludwig
Nastansky at the University of Paderborn,
in Paderborn, Germany.
The new beta version also incorporates Version 1.3 of IBM's
free Lotus Symphony document, spread sheet and presentation software, and
brings IBM's XPages developer technology to
the Lotus Notes client for offline use.
IBM made its announcements at the DNUG
(Deutsche Notes User Group) Customer Conference in Dusseldorf,
In recent months, leading mobile device producers such as Nokia and Samsung
announced support for IBM Lotus Notes
Traveler software, enabling more than a billion smartphone customers around the
world to manage their Lotus Notes e-mail, calendars and address books any time,
anywhere, IBM said. In addition, IBM
has announced agreements with wireless carriers such as AT&T, Sprint,
Verizon Wireless and Orange to help
meet the needs of an increasing wireless work force, the company said. IBM
Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1 will be required to support this capability.
Meanwhile, IBM announced a mobile version
of Alloy, a product jointly developed with SAP
that infuses business analytics with Lotus Notes, IBM
The new capability extends Alloy's use out to the BlackBerry platform,
enabling mobile access to reports and a variety of management approvals. Alloy
connects IBM Lotus Notes software with SAP
Business Suite to get people to the core of their business, IBM
said. Alloy presents information and data from SAP
applications in the context of the Lotus Notes collaboration software desktop.
Alloy supports workflows, reporting and analytics, and the use of roles from
within the Lotus Notes client. The product ships with a set of standard workflows
and reports. These standard elements may be customized using Lotus Domino to
reflect a company's unique processes. In addition, IBM
Global Business Services, practitioners, Lotus Domino Business Partners and
other global and regional systems integrators will be available to customize
Alloy, IBM said. Alloy implementations will
take advantage of the collaborative and offline capabilities inherent in Lotus
Notes and Domino products.