Orlando (FL) - Today at Lotusphere, IBM and Research in Motion (RIM) announced a Lotus extension involving software and developer tools which operate on the Blackberry platform. RIM's Blackberry will now support Lotus's collaboration tools - including Domino Designer and XPages via a Java Eclipse plug-in - allowing on-the-go real-time access to Lotus Symphony documents, and eventually their entire office suite.
IBM indicates this expansion of Lotus software is "in response to the explosion of mobility worldwide." IBM expects there to be one billion mobile web users by 2011, coupled to a significant shift in the way the majority of people interact with the web over the next decade.
New capabilities include:
1) Mobile access to open document format-based IBM Lotus Symphony documents -- and later presentations and spreadsheets, available in Q2.
2) IBM Lotus Quickr Web 2.0-based team software to help individuals find, access, share and work with business content such as documents, photos, and videos on their Blackberry smartphones, available 2H'2009.
3) Enhanced IBM Lotus Connections functionality for access to activities, blogs and communities in order to augment the access already available to profiles and tags, available 2H'2009.IBM has also expanded Lotus Notes and Domino and IBM Lotus Sametime unified communications and collaboration software to operate on the Blackberry Storm smartphone, including a new presence and awareness-everywhere feature via the smartphone's real-time communications capabilities across RIM's network and the smartphone's applications.
No word on price was given in the press release. Lotusphere is an annual conference hosted by Lotus Software which has run for 15 years, having started in 1993.
Today, IBM also announced Alloy, the first jointly developed software product by IBM and SAP. In addition, they have introduced a new form of social community operating in a cloud computing model - where IBM's servers handle the processing and data storage/exchange, requiring only a browser or thin client to connect.