RIM further mobilises IBM Lotus Software on BlackBerry

To support the growing interest by enterprises for mobile collaboration and social networking, Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that it is further mobilising IBM Lotus Software on the BlackBerry platform.

RIM is launching the new BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Quickr, enabling secure mobile access to IBM’s document-based collaboration software from BlackBerry smartphones. RIM is also releasing a new version of the BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Connections for enterprise social networking. These applications, along with the BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Sametime for unified communications and collaboration, deliver secure, deeply integrated and intuitive mobile experiences for enterprise customers on the BlackBerry platform.

“Just as RIM securely and efficiently mobilised Lotus Domino email on the BlackBerry platform, we are mobilising collaboration and social networking for businesses,” said David Yach, CTO for software at RIM. “We have built these powerful BlackBerry applications for Lotus Software in order to make it very easy for mobile workers to tap into their enterprise knowledge-bases and stay connected with colleagues; and, equally important, we have made it easy for IT departments to align with corporate policies and efficiently deliver these capabilities in a protected and manageable environment.”

The BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Quickr makes content sharing easy and secure. BlackBerry smartphone users can quickly and easily navigate IBM Lotus Quickr libraries and folders; upload, preview or download content; and edit files within Quickr’s version controls. The application also tightly integrates with the BlackBerry Email application and the Documents To Go suite on a BlackBerry smartphone, allowing users to edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, for a robust and seamless work experience.

The BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Connections extends key IBM Lotus Connections components to BlackBerry smartphones, including the ability to work with IBM Lotus Connections Profiles, Communities, Bookmarks, Activities and Blogs. The Client also tightly integrates with core BlackBerry smartphone applications for phone, email, browser, tasks, contacts and camera to create a seamless and intuitive user experience.

Updates to the server component, the BlackBerry Social Networking Application Proxy server, optimises the data sent between IBM Lotus Connections or IBM Lotus Quickr and BlackBerry smartphones in order to improve performance and minimise data plan usage. Administrators can also generate usage reports.