IBM Releases Cloud Office Suite
IBM has begun offering its customers SmartCloud Docs, a cloud-based office productivity suite with word processing, spreadsheet and presentation features.
The software supports collaboration and allows multiple users to work on a document at the same time.
IBM integrated SmartCloud Docs with presence awareness and instant messaging capabilities and enables those who are working on a document to chat with a co-editor, if that person is available online. All documents are stored in IBM's SmartCloud Service, which also includes file sharing, access to communities, online meetings, instant messaging, email and a calendar.
"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," said IBM's Alistair Rennie. "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."
SmartCloud Docs is offered free of charge to IBM customers who purchase the SmartCloud Engage Advanced service. As an add-on for IBM Connections and IBM SmartCloud Engage Standard, the service is priced at $3 per user per month.
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