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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Last week, Local Tech Wire published a post about , in particular efforts to embrace Android from Google for Lotus applications.

“IBM (NYSE: IBM) is committed to supporting the vast array of mobile devices out there including the Android platform,” said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of messaging and collaboration at IBM,

And so it is.

Robert Kay, founder and president of Endpoint Technology Associates, attended an IBM briefing about mobile. Writing for Forbes, Kay’s piece is headlined: “Under the radar: IBM’s mobile strategy.”

“IBM will never sell a phone, but it most definitely does have a mobile strategy,” he reported. “And don’t be too surprised if that bearded professor flipping pages on an iPad at the table next to you in Starbucks turns out to be an IBM employee.”

Kay pointed out that the world “is becoming more mobile, and technology suppliers must adjust to that reality. IBM’s software is being rewritten to deal with the mobile world.”

He noted how IBM’s acquisition of Sterling Commerce plays in the billing and inventory space, adding its software will be incorporated into IBM on-demand WebSphere.

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