IBM and RIM Partner to Expand IBM Solutions on BlackBerry

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IBM LogoStraight-up press release copying in frantic mid-session post… This is essentially what Rob Picciano was invited to talk about today during the Keynote. It’s a huge partnership for RIM and shows that they’re really delivering on their claims to move beyond email. We’ll certainly have more coverage on this in the coming weeks.

"Today IBM and Research In Motion (RIM) announced that they have joined together to mobilize Web 2.0 capabilities and expand IBM’s managed wireless services for BlackBerry. The first joint initiative delivers the full line of Web 2.0-powered IBM Lotus® collaboration software and information on demand on the BlackBerry® platform to mainstream business professionals. The joint initiative enables customers to securely manage their communications, contacts and schedules and collaborate and network through social software, all from within the familiar, intuitive interface of their BlackBerry smartphones. This includes the general availability of the new BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Connections, IBM’s social software for business."

IBM and RIM are making the following technologies portable and accessible, anytime
and anywhere:

· Portals & Dashboards: IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM dashboard software lets
businesses build Web sites and single screen dashboard views that deliver
information, applications and processes personalized to the individual BlackBerry
smartphone user.

· Social Networking: The BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Connections helps
people tap into the collective knowledge of others and find the people and
information they need for the task at hand while on the go.

· Messaging and calendaring: BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for IBM Lotus
Notes and Domino enables access to key email and calendaring functions as well as
custom applications built with Lotus Domino.

· Unified communications: The BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Sametime lets
people access their full buddy list, send and receive instant messages, view
presence information and convert an IM session to a phone call with a simple click.

· Business Intelligence: IBM Cognos 8 Go! Mobile business intelligence
software is the industry’s first business intelligence solution designed
specifically for the BlackBerry platform. It provides personalized secure business
information in the right context to allow people to view and interact with
dashboard-style reports to make informed decisions while they are on the move.

The BlackBerry platform is the only mobile enterprise solution to provide mobile
access to all major Lotus collaboration solutions today. BlackBerry also features
automated data delivery and synchronization; easy deployment and manageability; and
a proven security architecture to meet even the most stringent corporate security
requirements.

Businesses from around the world are already turning to IBM and RIM to help them
take collaboration on the road including MetLife, Standard Life PLC, Johnson
Controls, Inc. and Aerospace Corporation.

In a second joint announcement, IBM and RIM revealed IBM’s new hosting capabilities
to support the BlackBerry® platform. IBM has also joined the BlackBerry® System
Integrator (SI) Alliance Program. IBM will expand its portfolio of Managed Wireless
Services for the BlackBerry platform, leveraging its already successful services
offering that currently hosts more than 100,000 enterprise end users globally. The
offering builds upon the strength of the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server product line
with a far-reaching suite of services that include hosting, consulting, systems
integration, and deployment of enterprise applications on the converged platform.

The BlackBerry mobile solution for the Lotus collaboration software suite is
available today and is being showcased this week at WES. The BlackBerry client
software for Lotus Sametime and Lotus Connections are both now available as a free
download for Lotus customers at www.blackberry.com/go/ibmresources. For more
information, visit www.ibm.com and www.blackberry.com