IBM has extended the reach of its Connections business social networking platforms to iOS, Android and BlackBerry mobile devices.
Connections allows companies to build social networks without the risks involved in putting company data into a public social networking service.
IBM hopes that the mobile updates will further promote the platform by allowing workers to connect via smartphones. The client software is offered free through mobile app store services.
The update brings remote management capabilites for iOS devices, allowing administrators to remotely wipe data if the device is lost or the user leaves the company.
IBM mobile strategy manager Rob Ingram told V3 that the need for the remote wipe tools is growing as staff increasingly look to use personal devices for business activity.
"The administrator needs to be able to access the confidential account information of the enterprise without touching the private information of the users," he said.
IBM is also planning to extend the Sametime unified communications platform to offer instant messaging and calling services for Android handsets.
Ingram said that the effort is part of a larger push by IBM to extend the Connections platform across a wider range of devices.
"We are not just going to focus on one device or platform. We are finding that enterprises have to give the users choice. The capability of the platforms are such now that you can do some amazing things on these devices," he said.
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