August 29 2011
Now that it's 9 AM EDT in the US, I can comment on a new IBM press release hitting the wire services now. The release's key message is how IBM believe that mobile technologies enable a social business.
The announcement is an amalgamation of mobile software and updates that we've shipped in the last few months, along with a few tidbits about upcoming capabilities. The release highlights:
- IBM Connections Mobile, delivering native interfaces for iOS, Android, and Blackberry
- Lotus Notes Traveler updates: Partial wipe for iOS (introduced earlier this year) and click to call from Traveler on Android calendar entries
- Sametime for Android, LotusLive Meetings for Android, and Sametime meetings for Blackberry support
But the press release tells a broader story, highlighting Cummins ability to use Notes Traveler to improve productivity for their 40,000 employee workforce.
Cummins Inc (NYSE: CMI) is a global leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel engines, power generation systems and related products and technologies. A Fortune 500 company with 2010 revenues of $13.2 billion, Cummins has approximately 40,000 employees in 353 locations in 190 countries. Cummins is the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world.
The ability to collaborate from a smart, mobile device enables Cummins employees to be more productive in more places because they can access mail, calendar, contacts, and to do lists anywhere in the world. In the future, the promise of mobile computing expands “true” business capability enabling new business paradigms ranging from performing diagnostic tests while working on top of large engines to taking parts inventory and finalizing parts distribution logistics to having instant access to comprehensive business analytics that reflect a business unit’s growth in a key market segment.
“Cummins’ workers have benefited from the use of IBM Lotus Notes Traveler and its functions have been well integrated into our model of how we work and help to increase the productivity of our workforce overall. We look forward to expanding our use of IBM mobile collaboration applications in order to enhance the flexibility and on demand features that allow workers to work where they want to work,” said Eric Christian, Director, Global Architecture and Security, Cummins.
I said at the start of the year that IBM collaboration solutions would have a dramatically increase in our investment in mobile. Today's announcement demonstrates the investment. There is more to come.
Link: IBM Accelerates Social Business Adoption with New Mobile Software >