IBM’s collaboration apps for tablets are helping mobile workers connect to the people and information they need to get things done.
Back in December, IBM unveiled a suite of mobile networking and collaboration apps for tablets, designed specifically to address enterprise-class requirements. The software allows employees to more effectively share data and images and conduct meetings on the fly more securely.
“Mobile” and “sharing” may be the two words that best define 21st century business. According to a recent IBM study, 73 percent of today’s business leaders allow mobile devices to connect to their corporate networks. And two-thirds of employees believe there are colleagues who can help them do their jobs better, but they don’t know how to find them.
IBM first introduced collaboration technology more than 20 years ago with Lotus Notes. Ed Brill, Director for IBM’s End User Messaging and Collaboration practice, in an interview with Biztech Report, recalls how IBM
“invented a category…we called Groupware and eventually has become known as Collaboration. We really had to convince organizations through cultural change that sharing information was a good idea. Most people in organizations thought at the time that their unique contribution to being a knowledge worker in an organization was what they knew, and what was in their head, and how they were therefore sought out as a resource and a subject matter expert. So I think what’s happened, especially with new generation entering the workforce that’s grown up online and has become used to sharing through instant messages and text messages and Facebook updates and the like that the cultural change has finally come to where collaboration is not only seen as a natural, but it’s actually seen as a way of improving the organizational effort in almost any kind of organization, that people want to share what they know instead of want to protect what they know.” Today, LotusLive Meeting are leading the way IBM is bringing collaboration tools to the tabletized workforce.
Available on Android, BlackBerry and iPad devices, LotusLive Meeting lets users view presentations, chat with other meeting participants and virtually raise and lower their hands from their mobile devices. The Forrester Wave™: Mobile Collaboration, Q3 2011 report recognized IBM as a leading mobile collaboration vendor because of LotusLive Meeting’s excellent security, administration and user reviews.
IBM addresses another need for data sharing with Lotus Notes Traveler, which enables IBM mail users to easily add widgets to their Android home screens for easier access to contacts. Employees at global medical device manufacturer ConMed Linvatec used the app to demonstrate its medical devices, collect sales leads and send product information to prospective customers at a recent tradeshow. “We generated more leads, and acted on them sooner, than ever before,” said Dale Westrate, Messaging Systems Architect for ConMed Linvatec’s Largo division.
Other IBM mobile sharing apps include:
Available from the Apple app store at no charge for existing IBM Connections users, the new app includes an interface ideal for tablet devices allowing for unique document editing capabilities.
Using this app, users can Open Document Format (ODF) text documents, presentations, and spreadsheets downloaded to their tablets without the need for a network connection.
This new app delivers unified, real-time communication and collaboration services—from enterprise instant messaging and online meetings to telephony and video conferencing.
For a complete look at all of IBM’s mobile apps and how you can use them, check out this comprehensive device support chart.
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