IBM is making BlackBerry versions of its Cognos and Lotus software, the company announced at a Research In Motion (RIM) conference in Orlando last night.
Cognos, acquired by IBM for $5 billion last fall, focuses on business intelligence software, while Lotus evolved throughout the years from spreadsheets into collaboration and unified communications programs. Much of the IBM catalog for these specialties will be offered exclusively on the BlackBerry system, officials said.
The client programs now available for BlackBerry devices include WebSphere Portal, for custom business intelligence dashboards; Lotus Notes and Domino connected to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server; Lotus Sametime, for which users can access buddy lists, send and receive instant messages, convert instant messages to phone calls and view contacts’ presence status; and Cognos 8 Go! Mobile, which supplies data for the business intelligence component.
The BlackBerry version of Lotus Connections’ collaboration and social networking software is also now generally available.
The assortment of new mobile software is supported by 400 policy and security options with over-the-air updating, and all are available now, officials said.
The companies also said that RIM joined IBM’s System Integrator Alliance Program. IBM will expand its BlackBerry managed services such as hosting, consulting and systems integration.