Two unified communications applications that enable BlackBerry owners working with the Lotus enterprise platform to access enhanced functions from their mobile phones have been released.
The new apps allow for access to Lotus Quickr and Connections, both of which have been created by IBM.
Quickr gives access to documents stored on a central network from an associated BlackBerry smartphone, enabling direct viewing of stored files on the phone's screen and Connections is essentially a social networking site for businesses.
In addition, the new apps can be harnessed by IT admin personnel to monitor the way in which members of staff are making use of their BlackBerry phones while at work.
Research in Motion (RIM) software chief David Yach commented: "Just as Research in Motion (RIM) securely and efficiently mobilised Lotus Domino email on the BlackBerry platform, we are mobilising collaboration and social networking for businesses."
Mr Yach also said that the new apps would enable businesses to dictate their policies based on usage of Lotus services, allowing IT departments to allocate resources appropriately and to maintain a secure mobile working environment.
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