IBM has released software that allows BlackBerry users to access more of its applications, including its Cognos business intelligence software and Lotus Connections.
It's part of an ongoing trend towards providing mobile access to enterprise applications, and comes just weeks after a similar announcement from SAP, which is building a version of its CRM software for the device.
“We think this is a trend that is happening in the industry where you’re taking enterprise applications and wanting to carry them around on a handheld as well as get them on laptops,” says Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of Lotus software for IBM.
The developments are also good for BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, which has a new competitor emerging in the workplace in the form of Apple's iPhone.
BlackBerry users now have access to IBM's Cognos 8 Go software, a version of the business intelligence software specifically designed for the BlackBerry.
Other IBM software that runs on the device includes Lotus Notes 8.01, the WebSphere portal and dashboard software, and the latest version of instant messaging client Sametime.