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,
    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.”

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