IBM Philippines has expanded its LotusLive cloud collaboration and offered it to Cebu businesses as a way to reduce cost, connect people and information, improve employee efficiency and foster new business opportunities.

IBM Singapore business unit executive for Lotus Asean software group John Mullins said this is the company’s way of helping create a “smaller planet” among industries.

IBM officials were in Cebu last Friday to introduce its products and services.

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The LotusLive cloud collaboration, which delivers information on the web through LotusLive Labs services, provides integrated email, web conferencing, social networking and collaboration.

Mullins said these services help speed up processes for small and medium enterprises and even large businesses.

“These services will deliver paperwork efficiently, share applications, connect people and other business companies,” Mullins said in a press briefing at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

The LotusLive Labs technology features slide library, a collaborative way to build and share presentations; collaborative recorded meeting, a service that records and transcribes meeting presentations and audio/video for searching and tagging; event maps, an interactive way to visualize and interact with conference schedules; and composer, the ability to create LotusLive mashups through the combination of LotusLive services.

“These services allow workers to work more easily and effectively and even participate in meetings without having to leave their desks,” said Ling Jia Woei, IBM Singapore Asean Executive for LotusLive software group.

Banks, government institutions and manufacturing industries are among the sectors IBM hopes to tap as buyers of the LotusLive software.

One of the services of LotusLive, the iNotes email messaging service, cost a minimum of $3 a month per user, Mullins said.

Among IBM’s biggest clients, Mullins said, is Panasonic, which has 300,000 users.

Aside from this, IBM also announced the availability of new social networking Lotus Connections and Lotus Quickr applications for Blackberry smartphones. It also

announced the expanded IBM Lotus collaboration software and the delivery of enterprise secure mail for Android, iPhone and Nokia Symbian smartphones.

Officials said Lotus Connections social software on Blackberry smartphones enables mobile workers to easily tap into their colleagues’ expertise and internal knowledge bases.

Lotus Quickr software allows users to easily collaborate on documents and files, while Lotus Sametime brings secure enterprise instant messaging. KOC