We have all been out shopping at one time or another when we have heard the booming voice of the in store public address announcer proclaiming special items in aisle so and so or a sale that is going on in real time. Well, listen up!
IBM recently announced that it is making downloads of the new mobile version of its Lotus Connections social media and community building software free to users.
Big Blue announced its new mobile software on August 29 with the goal
of helping organizations embrace social networking using a broad range
of mobile devices.
According to a recent report from the Renegade firm, 86 percent of business people now use social media to help them make business decisions.
With more than one billion mobile users combined with rise of social
networking in the workplace, companies are looking for ways to better
integrate these industry forces to help organizations accelerate
collaboration, deepen customer relationships, generate new ideas faster,
and enable a more effective workforce.
To fully enable a social business, IBM announced these new mobile apps:
- New social networking app: Available at no charge,
the new IBM Connections app works just like the industry-leading IBM
social software with added functionality for Google Android smartphones
and tablets, Apple iOS devices and BlackBerry smartphones. In addition
to the popular File share application, Profiles, and Activities, Blogs
and generate-and-vote-on-ideas features, workers can now take photos
with their smartphones and upload them directly to Connections. All
three apps are available now in the respective apps stores.
- Partial wipe for Apple iOS devices: New IBM
software provides "partial wipe" capability for Apple iOS devices
allowing an IT administrator to wipe only the company data from the
device while preserving a worker’s personal data, such as personal
email, photos, videos and games. Administrators can still initiate a
full reset wipe if circumstances warrant it, as an alternative to this
new partial wipe option. Traveler enables IBM email, contacts and
calendar information to be accessible from the most popular mobile
- Click-to-call from Android OS device calendar:
Available in beta now, Lotus Notes Traveler will allow IBM email users
to call people listed in their calendar views with just one click.
- Unified Communications for Android devices: IBM’s Sametime software for Android extends
presence awareness and instant messaging with new features including
text-to-speech which can read incoming messages when the users cannot
stop to look at the device, for example, when driving; send photos taken
with the device through Sametime chats; and automatically update
location status. Workers who also have Sametime Unified Telephony
software reduce phone use costs by initiating calls to whatever phone
happens to be nearby.
- Online meeting support for BlackBerry: IBM
Sametime meetings support allows BlackBerry users to participate in
online meetings using their mobile devices.
- Cloud-based meeting support for Android:
LotusLive Meetings support for the Android OS is planned to be available
later this year
Note: Some of this article was taken from the Darryl K. Taft article on eWeek.com