Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Unified & integrated communication

Corporate business users must've feel very excited when Steve Jobs announced the availability of Microsoft Exchange Server support in iPhone v2.0 firmware update, this will open up a new path of unification between Apple & Microsoft. The flashy iPhone can bring more cheer & colours into business mobile phones market, iPhone is definetely going to set another standard in meaning of convergence device (work & play); like it did with the user interface for mobile phone.
But maybe you also remembered that IBM was the first to announced to bring it's Lotus system into iPhone, when the SDK kit released. So far, there hasn't been much to hear from the "blue company" (IBM) anymore about that. But there's another announcement from IBM, covered by PC World article here, that they're ramping up to $1 Billion investment in products such as Lotus Sametime to provide unified communications to the largest business customers. Which means IBM is for large corporates who have 1,000 or more employees, said Steve Mills - the senior vice president of IBM's software group. IBM intends to secure their position in high-end business market from Microsoft attacks, the Office Communication Server is boasted by Microsoft as the most used messaging system in corporate environments. Both sides have pledged to integrate their new platform into existing system, this could boost the eficiency for whole business communications (who addopted each system, but not both).
The fight of these two giants software are giving more advantages for end users like us, it's going to be very interesting to see how the iPhone SDK kit provide us with vast availabilty of 3rd party softwares. Business messaging integration into mobile smartphones has never been better!
(blogged with my Treo 750v)

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