OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- SNAPPS, a long-time IBM Advanced Business Partner and new Apple Development Partner, identified an opportunity for synergy between the enterprise business software giant IBM and the hip, cool consumer-focused Apple and decided to actively link them together. The first offering, SnappFiles, demonstrated by IBM at MacWorld in San Francisco last week, is a free app available on the Apple App Store that delivers secure access to and collaboration on corporate documents stored in IBM Lotus Quickr or Filenet P8 ECM systems. With work underway to support other IBM ECM systems such as IBM Content Manager and Lotus Connections Files next month, SnappFiles is designed to be a single point of entry into corporate document management systems.
"We've designed complex business systems, workflows, and critical customer-facing applications in our tenure working with IBM products," said Rob Novak, president of SNAPPS. "Bringing these processes outside the corporate firewall and into the hands of Apple customers is a natural progression. We have several applications in development, and plan to bring our years of experience to bear on real business solutions for Apple customers."
Inspiration for SnappFiles came from the most unlikely place - unless you happen to have a teenager. Novak explains: "I was helping my 14-year-old son set up his new iPod touch six months ago and noticed he had a mesmerizing game called Paper Toss - the objective of which is to toss a crumpled piece of paper into an office trash bin. It occurred to me that if you could throw away paper on this cool device, why couldn't you retrieve documents securely?" The next day, SNAPPS joined the Apple Developer Program and started work on SnappFiles. Work on an iPad-optimized version is underway, since the form factor of the iPad will, according to Novak, make "corporate document management the killer business app for the iPad."
"SNAPPS' work with our open APIs has produced some very timely and astounding results for the iPhone and iPod touch," said Jeff Schick, Vice President of Social Software, IBM Lotus. "We're convinced that IBM's social software solutions and SNAPPS' innovation will produce some impressive apps for all the Apple devices."
SnappFiles is available now in the Apple App Store, free of charge. A professional version with enhanced capabilities is in the works, as are several other apps linking IBM's Lotus software to Apple devices. SNAPPS also develops custom solutions for Lotus Quickr applications and makes free templates available. For more information about SnappFiles, visit http://snappfiles.snapps.com, and for information about SNAPPS, visit http://www.snapps.com.
SNAPPS, an IBM Business Partner since 1997, has long focused on high-end collaboration strategy, development, and education. The company has advised progressive-thinking enterprises on deployment and design of collaborative business processes. SnappFiles is the first of many planned efforts to empower iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users with access to their business resources.
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