IBM is also throwing in a new online meeting up that could challenge the likes of Cisco, Polycom, and other unified comms providers.
Here's a rundown on the latest SmartCloud updates:
SmartCloud Docs: Aimed at human resource managers, this app is set up for creating,s haring and collaborating on word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real-time. Also supports annotation, comments from team members simultaneously. Supported across mobile devices, and IBM called out the iPad in particular.
SmartCloud Notes: Aimed at sales executives; Hosts social tools (i.e. email, communities, messaging, calendars, etc.) across a single interface to facilitate managing schedules and toggling between these features.
Sametime 9: A social media environment for enterprise customers that includes HD video conferencing, instant messaging, and online meetings in real-time. Can be deployed from the cloud, on-premise, or as a hybrid version of the two.
Now IBM-owned SoftLayer's Infrastructure-as-a-Service with on-demand server hosting is getting support for SmartCloud's Smart Business features. IBM is also advertising a hybrid option that bridges cloud and on-premise solutions with a single admin dashboard. Big Blue also touts this can be set up within hours (versus weeks or months) because there is no hardware required.