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News from Lotusphere 2005

This article appears in the issue March 2005 (100 Companies) [Volume 14, Issue 3]

At its annual event in Orlando, Fla., IBM Lotus announced enhancements to Notes and Domino, as well as new WebSphere Portal and Workplace offerings, Workplace development tools and a new hosted solution.

The announcements include:

Notes and Domino 7. Enhanced integration with the IBM Workplace platform will provide customers with the flexibility to extend more Domino investments to IBM Workplace through normal Notes Domino product upgrades. Also, 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 summer 2005.

Workplace Collaboration Services. This offering is a single, integrated environment that includes a wide range of collaborative capabilities or services, such as e-mail, calendaring, instant messaging, electronic learning and Web conferencing, as well as document and Web content management. Built on a service oriented architecture (SOA), IBM Workplace Collaboration Services provides organizations with pre-built, reusable collaborative services.

WebSphere Portal. IBM Lotus has announced Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) Self-Service Validation Site, which is designed specifically to give business partners the ability to validate, test, and ensure their WSRP services are easily 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. The company has introduced a new application hosting service to help customers manage documents and reports in connection with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Dubbed 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 sophisticated software.

Workplace developer tools. IBM is building and enhancing tools for the IBM Workplace family of products by introducing new resources that make it easier for Domino developers--as well as those familiar with script and Visual Basic--to build J2EE-based applications and components.

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