IBM has already staked its claim in the mobile arena with a number of social apps for the smartphone. And while these apps work just fine on the tablet, they don't take advantage of the UI and unique capabilities tablets offer. Which is why IBM has introduced tablet versions of their mobile apps. Here's what is on tap.

BYOD to Work

The trend to bring your own device (BYOD) to work to moving up, starting with the executive who got an iPad2 for his birthday, brings it work and can't understand why he can't connect it to his corporate network to access his email. The times are certainly changing and IT has got to get behind it by getting a handle on security and learning how these devices work.

IBM understands this well. Originally it had 20-30k BlackBerry users in house, all via the corporate software program. But it has been testing this BYOD to work and has found that it can be done securely. Now they bring that capability to your organization.

Getting Social on the Tablet

Today, IBM offers a number of new apps for tablet users. These include:

  • IBM Connections for the iPad
  • LotusLiveMeeting for iPad, Android, and BlackBerry tablets
  • Sametime Instant messaging for the iPad and Android tablet (Sametime can be used on both Android and the iPad to conduct browser based meetings)
  • Lotus Symphony Viewers for the iPad and Android (these views can actually be used to read any documents based on the Open Document format -- a much needed quality viewer)
  • Sametime Unified Telephony to help manage phone costs.
  • IBM Lotus Traveler now offers Android users the ability to add widgets for mail and calendar to the home screen

A new app that works with IBM's LotusLive cloud-based collaboration service allows users to participate in online meetings from iPad devices.

IBM Connections for iPad shows the latest status updates from people in a network as well as contacts being followed.

Some key points that Kevin Cavanaugh, VP, Business and Technology, IBM Collaboration, told us when we discussed the new tablet apps: