Yesterday we reported about RIM and Microsoft’s tie up to bring Windows services on BlackBerry. Today RIM has taken another step, which will enable BlackBerry customers to access the web 2.0-powered IBM Lotus collaboration software. This move will offer various facilities to Blackberry smartphone holders, such as social networking, enterprise collaboration and information-on-demand.
IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM dashboard software will allow users to build their business and view single screen dashboard delivering information, applications and processes personalized to the individual BlackBerry smartphone user. The software will also let users take advantage of social networking on the move.
Some of the other facilities delivered by RIM and IBM are Messaging and Calendaring, enabling access to key email and calendaring functions and Unified Communications that allows users to access their full buddy list, send and receive instant messages, view presence information and convert an IM session to a phone call with a simple click.
On the other hand, the IBM Cognos 8 Go! Mobile business intelligence software provides personalized secure business information in the right context to allow people to view and interact with dashboard-style reports to make informed decisions while they are on the move.
“As the world enters the ‘Era of the Mobile Web’, mobile devices like BlackBerry are outnumbering TV’s, credit cards and PC’s, and are becoming increasingly critical to business operations for companies of all sizes globally,” said Bob Picciano, GM Lotus Software. “Today’s announcement extends the portfolio of IBM’s industry-leading social computing and collaboration offerings available to customers as they increasingly rely on their BlackBerry smartphones.”
The BlackBerry client software for Lotus Sametime and Lotus Connections are now available as a free download for Lotus customers at www.blackberry.com/go/ibmresources.