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IBM debuts mobile software, services

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IBM has announced new software and services for mobile devices designed to
provide business users and consumers with a new level of mobility whether
for business or personal use.

With millions of people worldwide working remotely, the new software and
services can help individuals make better business decisions faster, while
connecting friends, work colleagues and teams beyond what has been available
in the PC era.
According to a recent report from IBM's Institute for Business Value, the
number of mobile Internet users worldwide is projected to approach
1-billion, a 191% increase from 2006 and a compound annual growth rate of
24%. Also, 67% of all workers today use mobile and wireless computing.
IBM is combining its software, services and research expertise to capture
this significant market opportunity.
The proliferation of mobile devices and mobile Web users signals an
incredibly lucrative growth opportunity for businesses across many
industries. "The mobile web presents one of the largest emerging market
opportunities we've seen in a decade as billions of people look to access a
wide range of services both for business and personal use," says Drew Clark,
director of strategy at IBM Venture Capital Group.
"Using IBM's software for mobile devices, we're slowly eliminating the need
for a PC as people will have all of the information they need — from e-mail
to business performance analyses — available in the palm of their hand."
The new software includes products with business intelligence,
collaboration, social networking, business performance and voice recognition
capabilities. IBM's software is built on open standards so it can be used
with most mobile platforms including Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Mobile, and
Symbian.
In addition to the new mobile software products, IBM is announcing new
business services to help companies manage a mobile work environment. Called
Mobility@Work, the consulting and implementation services can help employers
increase productivity by as much as 30 percent and cut real estate costs,
the second largest corporate expense after salaries and benefits.
Using a combination of the new software and services, employees and
executives on the go can have an instant view of how their business is
performing, either at a company-wide or a very detailed business process
level, depending on the person's role within the enterprise. Using
collaboration software, that information can then be shared across a team
and action can be taken, all using a mobile device.
Combined with business event processing software from IBM, companies can
identify patterns and establish connections between events and then initiate
a trigger when a trend emerges. A business event represents a slice of time,
down to the millisecond, and could be something like a stock trade or online
purchase. The role of event processing is becoming increasingly important
with the rise of cloud computing because it enables companies of all sizes
and industries to analyse and respond to minute market changes based on
information being collected from millions of mobile devices.
To keep up with this exploding demand for new and more powerful mobile
applications, IBM is taking advantage of recent advances in cloud computing,
a paradigm in which tasks are assigned to a combination of connections,
software and services accessed over a network. Using any type of device like
an iPhone, BlackBerry or laptop, users can reach into the cloud for
resources as they need them. Cloud computing allows users and companies to
pay for and use the services and storage that they need, when they need them
and, as wireless broadband connection options grow, where they need them.
The new IBM mobile software products include: Lotus Quickr, Rational
Business Developer, Rational Host Access Transformation Services, WebSphere
Business Monitor and IBM's Mobile Web Expertise.