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Lotus' Papows Promotes E-Business Strategy, Products

Lotus Development Corporation president Jeff Papows opened the company's Lotusphere conference today calling on businesses to embrace e-business in order to compete in an emerging Internet-centric world.

Papows highlighted the recent growth of the Lotus Notes client and Domino Web applications server software, and the increasing amount of e-business solutions adopted by 18,000 Lotus Business Partners in 1998, as examples of rapid e-business market expansion.

In keeping with its continuing strategy to deliver Messaging, Groupware, and Knowledge Management solutions to a growing e-business customer base, Lotus unveiled a broad range of products and services today at Lotusphere. They include:

  • Domino 5.0, an enhanced version of the company's messaging and collaboration server, featuring new collaboration services, administration tools, advanced application development, and improved scalability levels.
  • Notes 5.0, a new edition of the company's Internet client designed for calendaring, scheduling, personal document management, and Web publishing.
  • Lotus eSuite WorkPlace, a Java-based productivity solution on IBM's Network Station Series 1000 device that's designed to connect network servers for software application deployment across organizations.
  • Domino Designer 5.0, an application development environment targeted at Web Developers looking to create dynamic applications.
  • Domino Intranet Starter Pack 2.0, a solution targeted at small and medium-size businesses looking to adopt intranet e-mail, calendaring, information sharing, and collaboration applications.
  • LearningSpace 2.5, a Notes/Domino-based product designed for developing and implementing training and education over the Net.

In related news, Lotus reports today that its various business partners announced over 150 Lotus technology-based products and solutions. These include the Domino Instant! Host platform, which is designed to deliver specialized solutions for the sales automation, health care, manufacturing, and government markets.

Lotus and parent company IBM also introduced a new program aimed at enabling ISPs to offer customers carrier-grade network services for hosting collaborative and Web-based solutions, Domino for the AS/400, direct access to DB2/400, and large systems support for Domino for S/390.

"Lotus products are now assuming a mission-critical e-business role in organizations," said Papows. "They are becoming the integrating entities with which collaborative services convert data and information into actionable knowledge that businesses can use to be more responsive to their customers and to achieve sustainable competitive advantage."