Monday, August 29, 2011

IBM Releases BlackBerry, Android and iOS Native Apps for IBM Connections

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IBM has released 3 native mobile applications to the most popular mobile app stores: Android Market, iTunes App Store, and BlackBerry's App World. The native mobile applications bring IBM's social software platform, IBM Connections, to the mobile world. IBM previously supported mobile access via the mobile's browser, although various business partners had created their own iOS apps for IBM Connections.  Moreover, IBM has done a tremendous job ensuring all three apps have the same capability.

The release is very important as more and more companies such as Colgate-Palmolive let employees bring their own devices to work.  Employees can now collaborate on the go with their preferred mobile device.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad app for IBM Connections

Continuing with their Social Everywhere strategy, IBM has also made all apps available for free.

One of the things that you'll notice is that now the ideation and media gallery modules are natively available in the mobile apps. Now, you can vote on ideas, comment on ideas, and manage the ideas while on the go. As well, you can take pictures and upload pictures while at a conference and immediately share them with your colleagues through the app.

Here are a couple of screenshots of the iOS app on an iPhone. (Note: the app will run in an iPad in 2x mode).

Since I only have iOS devices (iPhone 4 and an iPad 1) I can only comment on the iOS device. I've been using it now for about 10 weeks and I really like it. I find myself more and more engaged in microblogging activities. I also like going out to customer sites carrying only my iPad. From my iPad I can access my files stored in IBM Connections, download them and present to a customer. I can even search for files which is nice because sometimes a customer may ask to see something so I can go on and search everyone's files, download their presentation and show it to them directly from the iOS app. It's a very good, seamless experience. Of course, I also like that I don't have to enter my credentials every time I want to use the mobile app. With the mobile browser experience, you were always forced to authenticate.

To download the free iOS app for IBM Connections, click here.

BlackBerry app for IBM Connections

BlackBerries with BlackBerry OS6 and later are supported. Screenshots of the BlackBerry App.

To download the free BlackBerry app for IBM Connections, click here.

Android app for IBM Connections

Android 2.2 is required to run the mobile app.

To download the free Android app for IBM Connections, click here.

What about users without an Android, iOS or BlackBerry device?  Users with Nokia Symbian devices can still access the mobile version of IBM Connections via their phone's microbrowser.

Article first published as IBM Releases Native Android, iOS, and BlackBerry apps for its Social Software Platform on Technorati.
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