IBM has announced an expansion of its collaboration software portfolio, introducing new products and features. In the past year, IBM has upgraded every product area in its collaboration portfolio, including Web 2.0 features in Lotus Notes and Domino 8; professional networking tools for the enterprise with IBM Lotus Connections; easy document sharing through IBM Lotus Quickr; rich, browser-based Web 2.0 electronic forms with IBM Lotus Forms; expanded unified communications and instant messaging in IBM Lotus Sametime 8.0; and enterprise mashup capabilities in IBM WebSphere Portal.
New additions to the portfolio include tools to help users move to the next level of integrated communications. This helps them track information, easily locate subject matter experts, form project teams, and allocate skills where they are needed. Users can also easily create, share and process electronic forms directly from the Web as well as replicate Lotus Notes and Domino content from a mobile device.
The well known Lotus Notes is now available as a service with enterprise level application hosting. IBM’s Applications on Demand service provides customers with Lotus suite without having to invest in computing assets or skills. This new offering provides Lotus collaboration customers with a hosted and managed environment for their mail and collaborative applications, helping improve the performance of their messaging environments while enhancing efficiencies and productivity.
The company has also added mobile support for Lotus Notes and Domino Web Access users through IBM Lotus Notes Traveler. Lotus Notes Traveler is a new client for Lotus Notes and Domino 8.0.1 currently scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2008. The software will provide out-of-the-box, mobile support for Lotus Notes and Domino Web Access users, enabling access to Lotus Domino mail from Microsoft Windows Mobile devices.
As currently planned, Lotus Notes Traveler will provide automatic, real-time replication of email, including attachments, calendar, address book, journal and to-do’s and will work over all wired and wireless connections.