December 24, 2011

New IBM Software Encourages Safe and Secure Social Networking

Does your company allow you to use the internet while at work? or use mobile phones and tablets? Well, if you are working as part of the marketing or social media relations team, you have the license to connect to the world wide web. But most of the companies do not allow such. Surprisingly, during the event I attended with Sandy Carter, she shared that applicants' consideration when applying for a job is if the company allows the employees to use the internet while at work.

I personally think that it is fine to be "social" while working, as long you do it in moderation. Sharing viral videos of kissing couples is not work-related - a gentle reminder. It is a perfect venue to collaborate with others, and connect and share. IBM, being the champion in innovation, unveiled recently new social networking and collaboration mobile apps specifically designed to address enterprise-class requirements. The new software, available for download today (yes, December 24th!) from the most popular app stores, takes IBM industry-leading social networking, real-time collaboration and online meeting capabilities from behind the company firewall and places it into the hands of tablet users.

A recent IBM study revealed that 73 percent of business leaders surveyed currently allow mobile devices or tablets to connect to their corporate networks. This is not new to me. In my organization, it is not just top executives who are loaned ThinkPads - but even practitioners in order for them to do their jobs effectively - even allowing them to work at home. We even have top management people who are connected to IBM Sametime on their mobile phones - not to make them as prisoner of work, but enabling them to do their jobs more effectively.
“Filipinos are heavy users of mobile devices and you can expect millions of tablets and smart phones unwrapped this holiday season,” said Victor Silvino, Country Manager for Software Group, IBM Philippines. “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.”

I am sure mobile workforce would be excited to download the following software offerings:
  • Social networking for iPad: Available from the Apple app store at no charge for existing IBM Connections users, the new app includes a new interface ideal for tablet devices allowing for unique document editing capabilities.

  • Attend Online Meetings: Employees can attend on-line meetings from their tablets anytime, anyplace. Available on Android, BlackBerry, iPad, and iPhone devices, LotusLive Meeting users can view shared presentations, chat with meeting participants, and virtually raise and lower hands from tablets and other mobile devices. IBM Sametime software users can also lead, participate in and manage browser-based meetings from their iPad or Android tablets.

Oh we looove Sametime!

  • Instant messaging: New mobile apps for iPad and Android enable IBM Sametime users to use tablets to take immediate action on urgent business tasks by providing one-on-one or group instant messaging, background notifications, and the ability to send photos through the chat window. 
  • Access business documents: Available now in the Android Marketplace, IBM Lotus Symphony Viewers allow users to view any ODF-based document, spreadsheet and presentation on their Android devices. The viewers will be available for other devices soon.
  • Reduce calling costs: IBM Sametime Unified Telephony on tablets allows a user to initiate calls to whatever phone happens to be nearby by controlling call routing preferences and device selection as well as have his one unified number appear in caller ID.
  • Easier access to mail and calendar: IBM Lotus Notes Traveler now allows IBM mail users to easily add widgets to their Android home screens for quick, convenient access to mail and calendar, and allows users to call people listed in their calendar views with just one click.
IBM is also helping developers create mobile applications faster with an improved experience for the user:

  • Tools to build mobile apps faster and better: IBM is introducing its Mobile Technology Preview on the developerWorks website.  Available for the Android mobile operating system, the platform is designed to help enterprises get started with mobile application development.  These tools can be downloaded now to help foster innovation and explore capabilities that are needed to build mobile applications that extend and integrate into the enterprise.
  • Tool to improve the Web experience for the user: New software IBM WebSphere Portal Mobile Experience solution helps companies more easily control the content, look and feel and page navigation on mobile devices resulting in increased on-line business. Higher quality mobile Web experiences mean more repeat business, more recommendations and fewer clients lost to competitors.  It is available at no charge to IBM portal customers. Although it is optimized for smart phones, it also works with tablets.

This new software is part of a suite of capabilities IBM offers to effectively address 21st century workforce trends. For example, IBM recently introduced a new mobile service that helps organizations protect against data loss and other risks caused by device theft, unauthorized access, malware, spyware, and inappropriate applications.

IBM is also advancing the use of business analytics by delivering expanded native mobile device support with IBM Cognos Mobile on the iPad. Available to try out in Apple's iTunes store, the software enables mobile workers to take their business analytics on the road whether offline or online, allowing for uninterrupted productivity.

With the recent acquisition of i2, IBM will offer software that increases the ability for law enforcement professionals to generate leads and solve cases. The technology is the most widely deployed tactical lead generation tool in the U.S., and will soon include a mobile application, COPLINK Mobile Plus, for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.  COPLINK Mobile Plus can be test driven by existing COPLINK customers today.

I personally use social networking site to collaborate and integrate some business function/assignments. My tweets regarding my pre-work for the Corporate Social Responsibility assignment are automatically fed to the IBM Corporate Service Corp Social Media Aggregator - and that allowed me to see other tweets and updates from other IBMers in other geographies.

From Twitter to Social Media Aggregator Site

Interesting discoveries and innovations - now we can say, the world is literally in our hands.

If you have tried any of the apps, let me know your feedback. Leave a comment, or should I say ping me - or ST me (if you bear stripes, you can understand).