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IBM Support for Collaboration on Mobile Devices: An Update

Ed Brill from IBM shared an update on IBM’s mobile strategy for 2011 and beyond:

About a year ago, I declared that IBM had turned the corner from follower to leader in the mobile space. I was mocked for the statement, but not only do I stand by it, I feel like we are even further out front now. How so?

I had the opportunity today to present a slide showing our current and planned future device support for IBM collaboration and Lotus solutions on the relevant enterprise mobile platforms — Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Nokia.

Note the word “relevant” and the exclusion of Windows Phone devices. Goes to show that low market share figures mean something, and have implications. Ouch.

A few comments:
– Lotus Notes out-of-the-box applications are supported in various ways on mobile devices. Custom applications are not. That’s a pity.
– IBM’s mobile support for Connections across the range of devices above is due to improve significantly – there’s an app coming for BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad, and Android. Next year (??) activity stream support will be added.

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  1. It’s true that IBM offer no product to convert a Domino application as a native application on mobile. But that doesn’t mean custom Domino applications aren’t available on mobile devices.
    If you want native, TeamStudio have a tool Unplugged that allows developers to leverage XPages skills to deliver a native application including replication on a Blackberry.
    If Browser is acceptable, XPages applications have worked with no modifications on iOS devices since Domino 8.5.0. If you wish to offer a tailored experience for mobile devices, for some time it’s been possible to add a meta tag to give a different experience. OpenNTF has had a mobile controls project for XPages since Feb 2010. I believe these cover any device. jQuery mobile controls can easily be integrated into XPages. In IBM’s Extension Library project new native mobile controls are now included for 8.5.3, which is due out on 4 October. So there are a lot of options for delivering to mobiles, regardless of the device.