During this morning's Lotusphere 2011 keynote, you can't help but notice IBM's pervasive message around mobile collaboration.  From the presence of RIM CEO Jim Balsile, and his new Playbook, to support for new versions of Nokia Symbian, to native Sametime instant messaging clients for iOS and Android, IBM's investment in mobility is moving to the next level.  

We've taken an attitude over the last year about mobile being a core part of the story, not an afterthought.  We've taken a stance about mobile being a leadership position for us, and have moved up in IDC, Gartner, and other ratings and evaluations in this space throughout the year.  Despite the expense of investing in RIM, iOS, Android, Nokia, and sometimes others, we know it's the right thing to pursue this space aggressively.  What better approach to collaboration than to have it with you on your instant-on device at all times?

Some of the messages in the Lotusphere keynote and today's press release have included:

  • Native Lotus apps on Blackberry Playbook
  • Notes Traveler for Android (shipped late in 2010)
  • Upcoming support for Notes Traveler on the latest Symbian OS (formerly Symbian^3)
  • IBM Project "Vulcan" concepts like the activity stream accessible on mobile devices
  • XPages on mobile devices participating in activity stream
  • Native Sametime instant messaging clients for Android and iOS
  • LotusLive Notes support for Android and Blackberry through LotusLive Notes Traveler and LotusLive Notes Hosted Blackberry Enterprise Server offerings
I'm sure I missed a few points on this topic, but if you are looking for the full story, visit session INV108, The Lotus Mobile Strategy, Tuesday at 11:15 AM.

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