IBM has announced four new Lotus Workplace software products that will enable customers to add modular collaborative capabilities -- such as email, instant messaging, and Web conferencing -- to their business applications and corporate portals. The Lotus Workplace strategy consolidates collaborative capabilities into a single, integrated view that can be licensed in a 'pay as you go' manner. As a result, people can quickly collaborate to address customer demands and react to changing market dynamics and competitive threats--with the software providing employees, customers, and business partners with ebusiness on demand capabilities.
The Lotus Workplace brings a set of flexible, portal-ready collaboration components, that can be customized to fit a specific industry or business need, such as business controls and reporting, retail operations or sales force management. Using a single user name and password, users can work with many collaborative tools in a consolidated, personalized, portal-based view. Without having to open and close multiple collaborative applications, Lotus Workplace products allow users to maneuver between managing email, initiating instant messaging chat sessions, participating in an on-line learning course, or publishing a memo for their company's intranet.
Lotus Workplace products include: IBM Lotus Workplace Messaging 1.1--This standards-based messaging product integrates with a variety of messaging infrastructures, including IBM Lotus Domino, as well as with portals, browsers, standards-based email clients and other Lotus Workplace products. It can be used for mail only or with other functions including personal calendaring. Lotus Workplace Messaging 1.1 now includes personal calendar support, expanded client and server platforms and an updated user interface based on WebSphere Portal technology. IBM Lotus Workplace Team Collaboration 1.1--Blends the capabilities of instant messaging (including presence awareness) and Web conferencing with the capabilities of team spaces (including discussion forums and document management) and is designed to help streamline IT management and administration, centralize and reduce IT costs and minimize user complexity. IBM Lotus Workplace Collaborative Learning 1.1--A learning management system that helps streamline the management of an organization's classroom-based and elearning programs, resources and course materials, allowing organizations to address their ongoing training requirements in a cost-efficient, timely manner. Lotus Workplace Collaborative Learning 1.1 is the next release of IBM Lotus Learning Management System (LMS), and gives customers an open, scalable, standards-compliant suite of software modules. IBM Lotus Workplace Web Content Management 1.1--Based on technology acquired through IBM's acquisition of Aptrix, Lotus Workplace Web Content Management will give customers the ability to create, publish, manage, and archive Web-based content within a company's intranet, extranet, and Internet environments.
The 1.1 version of the Lotus Workplace family of products will be available for download in Q4 2003. IBM Lotus Workplace Messaging 1.1 will be available for $29 per user, while the IBM Lotus Workplace Team Collaboration 1.1 will be available for $89 per user. IBM Lotus Workplace Collaborative Learning 1.1 will be available for $35 per user, and IBM Lotus Workplace Web Content Management 1.1 will be available for $49,999 per CPU. Pricing includes licensing and 1-year software maintenance. IBM Lotus Workplace server products are currently available on Linux for Intel 32 bit: SuSE 7.2 and 7.3, IBM AIX, Version 5.2 and Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. Supported client operating systems include Microsoft Windows 2000 sp3, Microsoft Windows XP, SuSE Linux 7.2 and 7.3 on Intel. Supported browsers include Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 service pack 2, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and Mozilla 1.3 on SuSE Linux.