Following up RIM's official announcement yesterday at Lotusphere 2008 of BlackBerry Platform Enhancements, RIM dropped news today of an entirely new product as they preview a BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Connections. You'll want to read the full press release after the jump for the details, but it's essentially social networking on your BlackBerry for BlackBerry Enterprise users (i.e. Facebook for work).
Though as a BIS customer I will never use this app on my BlackBerry, I'm still excited to see it come to life. Last May at RIM's Wireless Enterprise Symposium I had a chance to meet many cool people, including some really nice RIM employees. During the week, I had an impromptu 30 minute sit down with two of them and they picked my brain (they wanted some consumer-oriented input) on what now turns out to be this application! I'm glad to see it come together!
RIM Previews BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Connections at Lotusphere 2008
Brings the mobile power of the BlackBerry platform to social software for business
Orlando, FL (Lotusphere 2008, Booth 516) - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) will today preview BlackBerry® Client for IBM® Lotus® Connections -- a new software application that runs natively on BlackBerry smartphones to provide mobile users with access to Lotus Connections social software for business. The BlackBerry client application leverages the push-based architecture, security and administration features of BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which provides IT groups with the necessary controls for enabling mobile access to Lotus Connections in the enterprise.
Users can enjoy many of the same benefits and functionality found on the desktop version of Lotus Connections directly from their BlackBerry smartphone, including the ability to collaborate on projects with teammates, locate internal subject matter experts by name or topic, as well as effortlessly share information and research to improve decision making.
“Organizations are embracing social networking tools to improve productivity and enable workers to find the experts and information within their organizations that can help them get their jobs done more effectively,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. “Lotus Connections, which facilitates the gathering and exchange of information through professional networks, is a natural fit with the BlackBerry platform. We are very pleased to introduce the first mobile software application to leverage this exciting new social software for business.”
“The challenges of globalization are forcing companies to become more nimble, using an increasingly geographically-dispersed and virtual workforce to remain competitive,” said Jeff Schick, vice president of social software, IBM Lotus. “Together with RIM we are excited to be delivering the industry’s business-ready social software on the BlackBerry platform.”
The new BlackBerry Client for Lotus Connections features:
Mobile access to Profiles: Users can find internal subject matter experts with an intuitive and flexible search. Users can consider details about current role, background, and areas of interest to identify internal subject matter experts, and contact them instantly.
Mobile access to Dogear: Users can save precious time on research by accessing their colleagues’ “pre-vetted” bookmarks, searching them by tags and adding new bookmarks directly from a BlackBerry smartphone.
Easy set up: With its intuitive user interface customers can be up and running quickly and using Lotus Connections from their BlackBerry smartphones.
Proven wireless architecture: The BlackBerry Client for Lotus Connections leverages the proven architecture and security model of BlackBerry Enterprise Server, allowing IT groups to centrally manage and control mobile access to IBM Lotus Connections.
The BlackBerry Client for Lotus Connections will be previewed this week at Lotusphere 2008 (BlackBerry booth #516) and is expected to be available as a free download later this year. For more information please visit: www.blackberry.com/go/lotusconnections.
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