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IBM Collaboration Summit to Highlight Advances in Technology and Business


IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a class of new technologies to move collaboration forward in a Web 2.0 world at the IBM Collaboration Summit at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.

IBM’s ongoing investments in collaboration technology have resulted in the richest and broadest collection of communications, collaboration and content services, connecting people to people and people to business processes and information in a standards-based environment that runs on a multitude of devices.

“Business leaders are capitalizing on the convergence of collaboration, information and business processes,” said Mike Rhodin, general manager, IBM Lotus Software. “Coupled with industry adoption of open standards, this represents an historic opportunity to redefine how people work together in a Web 2.0 world. The primacy of email has passed. The new definition of collaboration is access to the right people and the right information at the right time -- the linked value of all the existing expertise for any topic or project.”

IBM’s collaboration software portfolio has been transformed in 2007 with Web 2.0, social networking and unified communications capabilities. IBM is expanding the portfolio further with several new products and services:

Hosted Lotus Notes: Lotus Notes is now available via enterprise-level application hosting. This new service offering provides Lotus Notes and Domino customers with a hosted and managed environment for their mail and collaborative applications, helping them improve the performance of their messaging environments while enhancing efficiency and productivity. By delegating the complex management of mail and collaboration tools, Applications on Demand for Lotus Notes can help clients tackle the integration of their entire email solutions. This includes not just email, but ever-expanding collaboration capabilities all within a security-rich, advanced hosting environment. Since clients pay as they go for what they need, they are able to reduce up-front project and infrastructure costs, speeding returns on investment. Applications on Demand for Lotus Notes currently supports Lotus Sametime, Lotus Quickplace, and Lotus Quickr. IBM currently plans to extend Applictions on Demand to other Lotus collaboration products over time.
Mobile Support for Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino Web Access: IBM is announcing Lotus Notes Traveler, a new client for Lotus Notes and Domino 8.0.1 currently scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2008. The new Lotus Notes Traveler will provide out-of-the-box, mobile support for Lotus Notes and Domino Web Access users, enabling access to Lotus Domino mail from Microsoft Windows mobile devices. As currently planned, Lotus Notes Traveler will provide automatic, real-time replication of email, including attachments, calendar, address book, journal and to-do’s, and will work over all wired and wireless connections.
IBM Lotus Quickr Content Integrator: A new companion product to Lotus Quickr, the Lotus Quickr Content Integrator will provide an intuitive, self-service environment for content sharing and collaboration. Designed for mass movement of documents from server to server, the Lotus Quickr Content Integrator can be used by administrators to import content from Lotus Domino Document Manager Libraries, Lotus Domino teamrooms, Microsoft Outlook public folders, and Microsoft SharePoint sites into Lotus Quickr services for Domino.
Lotus Quickr connectors for Lotus Notes 8 and Microsoft Outlook: Quickr connectors for Lotus Notes 8 and Microsoft Outlook will allow team members to save attachments into team workspaces, replace attachments with shared links, and use the collaborative content services of Lotus Quickr software directly in Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook clients. With drag and drop support, the Lotus Quickr connectors for Lotus Notes and Outlook will make it easy to move attachments directly into Lotus Quickr folders, so users can reduce the size of their mail files, enable access to the latest document version and get new team members up to speed quickly.
IBM Lotus Forms 3.0: This major upgrade to IBM’s electronic forms product uses open-standards based technology to make it easy for customers to integrate data across the enterprise and with existing IT systems. Customers can now extend business processes outside the firewall by offering their customers the ability to create, fill out, sign and submit forms data via a Web browser without downloading additional software.
Accelerators for IBM Websphere Portal: WebSphere Portal customers now have simple tools from within a company’s website to create, connect and share content and gain access to community resources and contacts through professional networking tools. The Collaboration accelerator uses Lotus Quickr, Lotus Sametime and Lotus Connections software optimized for the Web. The Content accelerator enables customers to easily build and manage web sites, intranets, extranets, and portals with features from IBM Workplace Web Content Management software.
IBM market research shows key work-style trends are reshaping the traditional office worker environment. The consumer and enterprise worlds are merging, while the technology-savvy generation entering the workforce is accustomed to the immediacy of gaming, instant messaging and social networking. As electronic bandwidth increases, content is represented in richer forms of digital media that can be combined or “mashed up” into situational applications to accomplish very specific tasks. A proliferation of new workers -- predisposed to playing and working with others in an online world -- are forming professional and social communities both within and beyond their companies’ firewalls, collaborating in a multitude of new ways.

The Collaboration Summit is being attended by more than 300 organizations, including State Street Corp, The Federal Aviation Administration, Novell and Nokia -- that are pioneering innovative current and next generation collaboration software. Technology leaders showcasing new collaboration technologies include Ascendant Technology, Avaya, Axceler, Binary Tree, CGS, Gemini, Genius Inside, Innovative Ideas Unlimited, JustSystems Corp., McAfee, MetaLogic, Motorola, Perficient, Permessa, RIM, SCS, Sybase, Synaptris, Vamosa, VSS, and Workgroup Connections, among others.


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