If your office uses Lotus' document-sharing software, and you have a BlackBerry, being away from your PC doesn't have to mean that you're a bottleneck for your team anymore. Research in Motion has announced a pair of high-profile new clients, one for Lotus Quickr and one for Lotus Connections, that allow BlackBerry users to collaborate on documents directly.
With Lotus Quickr there's no need to launch a browser and log in. If somebody sends you a doc, you can detach, edit, and then check it back into Quickr and send your team a link to it. Lotus Connections, meanwhile, is a social networking platform, and the BlackBerry client is for Connections 2.3, which features profiles, communities, bookmarks, activities, and blogs.
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These clients work via the SNAP (Social Networking Application Proxy) server, which has gotten upgraded to take into account how data-intensive the client feeds are. SNAP can help users sip rather than gulp bandwidth, which is a good quality to have in light of the fact that some mobile carriers are starting to rethink unlimited data offerings.
Finally, RiM announced that it has signed a resale deal with IBM & IBM resellers. The deal came about because RiM was finding that customers wanted BlackBerry clients to be written by RiM and sold by IBM. When a customer is doing a big enterprise collaboration deal and is already buying software, services, and hardware from IBM, they want to be able to deal with one salesperson, so RiM reasoned that if businesses already have a relationship with a particular seller, then it's better to accommodate that relationship than try to force a new one.
More information on Lotus software can be found on BlackBerry's Web page.