Lotusphere: RIM takes Blackberry into Web 2.0

Research in Motion IBM's Lotusphere event in Orlando this week to unveil Lotus-branded Connections social software on all of its Blackberry devices. The package will be made available first on the Curve, later this year.

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Research in Motion IBM's Lotusphere event in Orlando this week to unveil Lotus-branded Connections social software on all of its Blackberry devices. The package will be made available first on the Curve, later this year.

LotusConnections is IBM's social networking platform for business that was unveiled at last year's show.

IBM approached RIM more than a year ago about the social networking possibilities for Blackberry devices.

"We realised that a mobile client is important and we have mutual customers and more and more folks in organizations are becoming mobile by definition," said David Heit, director, product management for RIM. "The demand over time is to have more access to more capability."

The problem is that, in the market currently, mobile users are inundated with e-mail, Heit added. During a work day email correspondence can lead to more than 400 e-mails being sent and received. Lotus Connections brings another way to collaborate, linking into a community of users where they can discuss topics on the fly and share data.

"E-mail is not dead, but how do I supplement it in a business context will be the new question," Heit said.