Cavanaugh is much too frank to pretend that iPads and Androids aren't making their way into the enterprise, and he notes that RIM just promised to extend its BES device management support to support those devices.
The push for social business
Social business, says Cavanaugh, means using the data generated by messaging, email, IMs, microblogging, wikis, and so on to make enterprises more responsive and faster on their feet. IBM has pushed this concept for some time with offerings like IBM Connections. "What we want to do now is to present social business as completely as possible on mobile devices and we want it on multiple platforms -- Android, iOS, and BlackBerry. We'll do it with a mix of native apps and the use of the browser."
Connections now supports BlackBerry and Android, with native support for iOS and Android coming, according to a blog post by IBM's Chris Pepin. IBM's Lotus Notes Traveler software supports a variety of mobile devices with features that allow administrators to manage multiple devices and allow or deny access based on company security policies (using, ironically, Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync protocol). Traveler can, for example, bar a jailbroken iPhone or one without encryption. Lotus Symphony is supported on BlackBerry and Android, although it does not yet run on iOS.
The mobile push also encompasses development tools, which can now be used to make custom apps run on mobile devices, a signficiant priority for IBM's customers, says Cavanaugh.
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