IBM Joins Google, Microsoft In Cloud Productivity War


5 Aug 2011
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IBM is looking to flex its cloud muscle against rivals Google and Microsoft with a cloud-based productivity and collaboration play that pits the three tech titans against each other for cloud dominance.

Dubbed IBM Docs, Big Blue's new cloud productivity offering, which IBM unveiled in a brief video, includes a word processing application, spreadsheets and slide presentation software. IBM Docs is tied into IBM's SmartCloud for Social Business suite, which is the new moniker bestowed upon IBM LotusLive.

IBM Docs puts IBM in a three-way battle for cloud productivity as it squares off in the cloud against Google Docs and Microsoft Office 365. According to IBM, IBM Docs is now in beta and will be available this year.

"IBM Docs allows organizations, both inside and outside the firewall, to simultaneously collaborate on word processing, spreadsheet and presentation documents in the cloud to improve productivity," IBM said in a statement. "IBM Docs authors will be able to store and share documents in IBM SmartCloud, co-edit documents in real time or assign users sections of the document so they can work privately easing the management of multiple revisions from multiple authors in team-based documents."

But cloud solution providers said it's too soon to tell whether IBM Docs will shake up the market, but it does validate that the cloud market is growing and desktop software is on its way out.

"Whether or not IBM Docs is a threat to Google Docs remains to be seen; they have a long way to go before reaching the mainstream mind-share and market share already achieved by Google," said Michael Cohn, Founder and Senior Vice President, Marketing, Cloud Sherpas, a major Google cloud provider.

IBM Docs comes as part of a sweeping cloud and social assault that IBM has planned in the new year. And at the heart of it is the ability to apply data analytics to social and cloud initiatives.

Along with access to IBM Docs, IBM SmartCloud for Social Business offers single-click access to social networking, file sharing, online meetings, e-mail, calendar and instant messaging to enable internal and external collaboration.

IBM also launched IBM Connections Enterprise Content Edition, which is an integrated social content management solution combining social networking with enterprise content management, compliance and control.

"There is boundless opportunity for social business to transform how we connect people and processes, and increase the speed and flexibility of business," said Alistair Rennie, General Manager, Social Business unit, IBM. "A successful social business can break down barriers to collaboration and put social networking in the context of everyday work, from the device or delivery vehicle of your choice, to improve productivity and speed decision-making."

source : CRN
Google docs is itegrated with GMail and other google services. as long as that is there, IBM is no threat.

bt for sure, MANY corporates rely on IBM for IBM Lotus note and other softwares. if they switch, it would be nothing but IBM only...
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