IBM debuted its Collaboration Agenda initiative, a series of consultative workshops that aim to provide tested tools, practices, and experts to help its clients create and execute collaboration strategies. IBM indicated that it launched the Agenda in reaction to studies by research firms such as IDC and Forrester Research that show senior business executives demonstrating a preference for industry-specific collaboration solutions to generic tools. The Collaboration Agenda will be available immediately in North America, the U.K., and Germany, with global expansion to follow at a later date.
In additional collaboration news, IBM announced the technology and business expansion of its LotusLive cloud collaboration platform through a new R&D pipeline from IBM Research. IBM plans to open the LotusLive suite to new partners, providing integrated email, web conferencing, social networking, and collaboration. IBM Research and Lotus will also collaborate to create LotusLive Labs, a proving ground for cloud-based collaboration advances.
Among the projects coming out of LotusLive Labs are Slide Library, a collaborative presentation platform; Collaborative Recorded Meetings, a transcription service for meetings and presentations; and Composer, a collaborative mashup of other LotusLive services.
IBM also revealed Project Vulcan, a blueprint for the future of collaboration that combines the company's existing investments to reduce information overload and improve business agility. Project Vulcan is designed as a loosely coupled architecture to work with existing open systems and allow developers to create the next generation of collaborative applications. Its features will be delivered in future releases of LotusLive, Lotus Notes, Domino, WebSphere Portal, and other offerings.
Lastly, IBM partnered with Research In Motion (RIM) to develop a series of new social networking applications for BlackBerry smartphones, including BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Quickr and a new version of BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Connections. The new offerings will be unveiled at the 17th annual Lotusphere conference in Orlando, Florida this week.