Forbes: IBM Eyes The iPad

February 12 2010

Not a formal announcement, of course, but an expression of interest...

Earlier this week at the Macworld conference in San Francisco, IBM ( IBM - news - people ) announced new business-focused apps for the iPhone operating system, including Lotus Connections tool for social networking inside companies and Lotus Quickr software for sharing documents. Those releases follow Big Blue's launch last month of a Lotus Notes app for the iPhone that includes e-mail and calendar tools, as well as an app known as Lotus Notes Traveler that allows encrypted e-mail.

While those programs are partly aimed at tapping into the small but growing number of iPhones in the enterprise, IBM's manager of Lotus software says they're also timed to give Big Blue a foothold on the iPad, which will use the same software platform.

"Our customers are looking at the iPad and they're excited about it," says Rennie. "No one quite knows its use patterns yet, but it's our intention to deliver as much of our portfolio as possible on it as fast as possible."...

Unlike Microsoft and Google, which compete with IBM in collaboration and messaging software, IBM doesn't have its own mobile operating system to promote. That platform-agnostic approach means that IBM may be freer to develop Apple-focused software than the two other warring tech giants. "Anything Microsoft does will be first focused on Windows mobile, and Google will push apps for Android," says Drake. "For IBM and others that aren't tied to a particular environment, this is a good opportunity for them."
and I love the parting shot:
IBM's mobile ambitions extend beyond the iPhone and iPad to Android phones and BlackBerrys. At the Lotusphere conference last month, the company also announced Lotus Notes applications for both RIM's and Google's mobile operating systems. That's more evidence, Rennie says, of the company's diverse approach to mobile enterprise software.

He's decidedly less excited about Windows Phone. Even as Rennie spoke about IBM's plan to expand enterprise software to a variety of platforms, he took a swipe at the struggling operating system. "Adoption has trickled off to an inconsequential amount," he says. "The idea of putting Windows on a mobile device has been about as successful as the Zune."
Link: Forbes: IBM Eyes The iPad >

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