Connections app comes with added functionality for Android, Apple and BlackBerry devices
IBM has launched ‘Connections’ social networking software which is designed to help organisations embrace social networking using a range of mobile devices.
The company said that customers can download the software from all major app stores and gain access to blogs, employee data, status updates, wikis, as well as share files, videos and photos.
IBM said that a new softawrae has been designed to help IT administrators simplify the management of corporate and personal data on employee devices as well.
With increasing IT consumerisation, the time and management of securing personal data has become a burden to IT administrators, said IBM.
A new IBM collaboration software ‘partial wipe’ capability for Apple iOS devices allows IT administrators to wipe only the confidential company data from the device while preserving a worker’s personal email, photos, videos, and games, said the company.
With the new IBM software, administrators can still initiate a full reset wipe if circumstances warrant it, as an alternative to this new partial wipe option.
IBM said the new mobile apps are designed to "fully" enable a social business.
The company’s new social networking app, the IBM Connections app, works like IBM social software with added functionality for Google Android smartphones and tablets, Apple iOS devices and BlackBerry smartphones.
The company said that in addition to the File share application, Profiles, and Activities, Blogs and generate-and-vote-on-ideas features, workers can now take photos with their smartphones and upload them directly to Connections.
IBM said that the click-to-call from Android OS device calendar will allow IBM email users to call people listed in their calendar views with a click.
In addition, IBM’s Sametime software for Android extends presence awareness and instant messaging with new features including text-to-speech, said IBM. Workers who also have Sametime Unified Telephony software reduce phone use costs by initiating calls to whatever phone happens to be nearby, said IBM.
The company added that thousands of clients are adopting IBM social software on tablets and smart phones including Amway, University of Zurich and Cummins.