IBM Adds Social Net Tools Ahead of Mobile Rush in Office

The “Bring Your Own Device” trend is all the rage at workplaces across the country and IBM unveiled new social networking and collaboration applications Wednesday to help employees get on the company’s secure enterprise networks.

IBM itself is also part of the BYOD trend, as previously covered here on The New New Internet. IBM said in its announcement that employees can use the apps to collaborate and share data, images and conduct meetings.

As reported by NetworkWorld, the new apps are free to customers who have active licenses of the IBM software being made available on mobile devices.

A new app makes social software program IBM Connections available on the iPad and adds the ability to edit documents. Users of web-based meeting service LotusLive can view shared presentations and participate in online meetings. The LotusLive app is available on iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry devices.

IBM Sametime users, on iPad and Android devices, can participate in both one-on-one and group instant messaging conversations.

Other apps include widgets to access email and calendar and an app for telephony.

“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,” said Alistair Rennie, IBM general manager of social business. 

 

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