IBM Offers Tools To Help Business Work In The Cloud

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IBM unveiled social business software designed to help enterprises collaborate easily and securely in the cloud using a range of mobile devices.

The new IBM SmartCloud services include social networking features and the release of IBM SmartCloud Docs, a cloud-based office productivity suite that allows users to simultaneously collaborate on word processing, spreadsheet and presentation documents to improve productivity.

"As the mobile workforce moves beyond gaining access to email and calendars to collaborate and generate new ideas and be more efficient anytime, anywhere, on any device, the intersection of social, mobile and cloud becomes even more critical," Alistair Rennie, general manager, social business at IBM, said in a statement. "Social and mobile are driving business transformation, helping all aspects of an organization from marketing, human resources, sales and customer support and development leverage social concepts in their business processes. The power of cloud helps to amplify this by delivering enterprise strength computing power where and when you need it."

One IBM customer, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), is using the vendor’s SmartCloud for Social Business service to track the status of research projects and help facilitate knowledge sharing across campus. The service allows faculty and researchers to share resources and track progress of research projects.

UTEP is also using SmartCloud for Social Business to collaborate with universities across North America that are involved in the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CASHI), which aims to increase the number of Hispanic students who pursue and complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in the computer and information sciences and engineering.

"Going to one place to find materials and being able to track the progress and status of projects has been a major benefit," Ann Gates, chair of the Computer Science Department at UTEP, said in a statement.




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