Really good article about IBM's approach to mobile devices and tablets. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend is fully in play, while respecting need for corporate governance and security. Android and iOS quickly emerging as the two mainstream platforms, though 30,000 IBMers (like me) are using Blackberry (of course, I have an iPad as well...)....

Initially, IBM workers will have email, contacts and calendar access through IBM Lotus Traveler, Bodin said. In addition to installing agent software on each device, IBM will enhance security through the use of VPNs and by requiring passwords for access to systems. The company will also deploy endpoint management tools that will allow IT managers to wipe data off devices that are lost or stolen.

"We've noticed BYOD [bring your own device] and the consumerization of IT, with devices now becoming more and more proficient," said Bodin, a 24-year IBM veteran who started as a staff programmer. "At IBM, it's not exactly the BYOD metaphor. Rather, we are taking steps to fortify the infrastructure and device management -- all the way to agents on the phone itself -- to guarantee that the phone has not been hacked or jail-broken, and that the phone, with integrity, can attach to our network."
There are several internal tools, not just Traveler, that are accessible on mobile devices:
In addition to adopting an open mobile platform approach, IBM plans to allow its employees to choose from hundreds of smartphone and tablet apps available on public application storefronts. They can also get software from IBM's WhirlWind app storefront, which launched in late 2010, Bodin said. In all, IBM users have downloaded about 35,000 apps from WhirlWind.

WhirlWind contains about 400 third-party apps approved for IBM use, as well as 100 apps built internally for IBM employees, Bodin explained. One app provides a catalog of all the software IBM makes, while another helps IBM sales personnel find experts in the far-flung global IBM workforce to help answer customers' questions.
Link: Computerworld: IBM opens up smartphone, tablet support for its workers >

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