IBM has launched an array of new open standards-based software and technologies that are designed to give organizations the choice and flexibility to build the "front end" of their collaborative solutions on a variety of client devices, from PCs to mobile devices. In addition to new software enhancements, IBM is also introducing new Workplace development tools, enhanced business partner programs, and a new hosted solution that allows customers to leverage IBM collaborative software on demand.
New products and business benefits include: Notes and Domino 7--Enhanced integration with the IBM Workplace platform is intended to provide customers with the flexibility to extend more Domino investments to IBM Workplace through normal Notes Domino product upgrades. And new Domino Domain Monitoring tools help consolidate and maintain the health of Lotus Domino servers. IBM currently plans to make Notes and Domino 7 available in the summer of 2005.
Workplace Collaborative Services--IBM Workplace Collaboration Services is a single, integrated environment that includes a range of collaborative capabilities or "services," such as email, calendaring, instant messaging, electronic learning, Web conferencing, document, and Web content management. IBM Workplace Collaboration Services enables organizations to deploy a single collaboration solution for the enterprise. Built on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), IBM Workplace Collaboration Services provides organizations with pre-built, reusable collaborative services that offer the flexibility to adapt to changing business conditions and react to market opportunities.
WebSphere Portal--IBM has announced the availability of the IBM Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) Self-Service Validation Site. This program is designed specifically to give business partners the ability to validate, test, and ensure their WSRP services can be integrated with IBM's WebSphere Portal. In addition, WebSphere Portal will include single sign-on functionality, increased support for industry standards such as WSRP and JSR 168, and enhanced collaborative capabilities through IBM Workplace client support.
Hosted Compliance Offering--IBM has announced a new application hosting service to help customers manage documents and reports in connection with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Called IBM Workplace for Business Controls and Reporting (WBCR), the service provides businesses with an alternative to building and running their technology infrastructure in-house by tapping into computer systems in IBM data centers worldwide to provide management of software applications. The service uses existing IBM infrastructure, personnel, and management expertise to help businesses lower costs and eliminate the complexity inherent in deploying software.
Workplace Developer Tools--IBM is building and enhancing tools for the IBM Workplace family of products by introducing new resources that are designed to make it easier for Domino developers, as well as those familiar with script and Visual Basic, to build Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE)-based applications and components. These new tools will help protect the skills and experience of the Lotus Domino development community while giving Domino developers the opportunity to develop applications for the IBM Workplace platform.
Workplace Business Partner Programs--With over 100 business partners enabled on the IBM Workplace platform, IBM has announced that it is significantly enhancing its support and services through PartnerWorld Industry Networks for solution providers developing industry-specific solutions with IBM Lotus Software. The initiative will offer solution providers access to benefits and resources from IBM to help them go to market, drive visibility and generate leads.