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IBM Lotusphere 2012 Orlando, Florida
This year's Lotusphere contained a lot of announcements and exciting news for companies looking to embrace Social Computing, as well as traditional Lotus Domino & Notes users. The key announcements focused on Connections, the centrepiece of the IBM social offering, with its activity stream UI. Using the OpenSocial 2 standard for integration, Connections will give the ability to pull people, data, content and applications into a single environment.
A bit of a surprise was to see that IBM is adding MS Exchange support in addition to Notes (60% of Connections customers are running Exchange). Support has been added to allow users access to their Notes and Exchange e-mail from the Connections client along with support for all the main mobile devices and tablets.
LotusLive becomes IBM SmartCloud for Social Business confirming IBM's strategy to reduce the use of the Lotus name in the marketplace.
The big announcement for Lotus users was the Notes Application Player Plug-in. The plug-in runs in Windows on an IE browser and to come, Firefox, allowing Notes applications to run unmodified in a browser. The plug-in is a one-time download (under 100mb), and once installed, the browser can access Notes applications directly. One thing we do know is that it won't support e-mail, and only supports single NSF's and not composite applications. This plug-in has been driven by feedback from customers wanting a common strategic direction. The Lotus Notes client will always give the richest UI but this goes a long way towards a browser-based desktop.
IBM continue its investment in its mobile offering, with the next release of Lotus Notes Traveler that incorporating social capabilities. There will be more integration into a Unified Communications structure, with presence awareness through Lotus SameTime, click to call from calendar for Android and online meeting support for Blackberry.
the second half 2012, IBM will offer a cloud version of Symphony (which
also includes an on premise version) called IBM Docs and provides browser
based document creation and editing features. This product suite becomes
part of its new IBM Social Cloud offerings.
IBM's plans for the future of Lotus Symphony by combining the best of Lotus Symphony with the new Apache OpenOffice Project
3, 2012 8:13 PM
IBM further backs up this commitment by drinking our own champagne. We are already deploying Lotus Symphony 3.0.1 to over 400,000 users worldwide. And based on current delivery timelines, IBM plans to upgrade users to Apache OpenOffice the IBM Edition in early 2013.
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Singapore Airlines Turns to IBM Lotus to Empower Its Geographically Distributed Workforce Airline Expanding Use of IBM Lotus Collaboration Software to Strengthen Global Communications
Singapore Airlines operates a global passenger route network, serving 62 major cities in 34 countries, with a fleet of 106 passenger aircraft. It is the world's most awarded airline, and is the first to fly the world's largest commercial passenger aircraft, the new Airbus A380
Today IBM Lotus announced that it has signed an agreement with Singapore Airlines to empower the airline's geographically distributed workforce to collaborate and communicate more effectively.
After a comprehensive total cost of ownership study, Singapore Airlines decided to retain IBM Lotus Software as the companys messaging platform.
Singapore Airlines will upgrade to the latest version of Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5 by end of 2010, and will further enhance its collaboration, knowledge management and mobility using the Lotus Collaboration platform powered by IBM Lotus Quickr, Lotus Connections, Lotus Sametime, Lotus Notes Traveler and Lotus Mobile Connect.
"Enterprise collaboration and communications is critical for a company whose employees are as dispersed as Singapore Airlines," said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president, messaging and collaboration, IBM Lotus Software. The use of social software and collaboration solutions can significantly impact the productivity and knowledge sharing across an organization."
IBM Lotus Notes collaboration software is available for the full spectrum of proliferating mobile and Web-connected devices such as thin clients, laptops and desktops used to access corporate applications and business processes. Lotus Notes is available in a cloud-based version, and also comes bundled with hardware and other offerings via its Lotus Foundations line for mid-sized businesses.
The official launch of the Lotus Knows marketing campaign began in September 2009. Ads should start appearing in various print and online publications right away and the new lotusknows.com website.
Just a few of the places where the adds might start appearing are:
Wired, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, ESPN.com, CNN.com, ABCNews.com, and Google/Yahoo of course.
Another advertising area is what they call the "Out of Home" plan. This deals with advertising that you might see away from your home. For example, there's going to be a push in certain airports to place signage near the Flight Information screens as well as sponsoring free wi-fi. I'm looking forward to seeing these "In the Wild". They even have a tour bus all decked out for the campaign. Initially in the USA market, Lotus Knows will expand to Europe including the UK in 2010.
And of course there's the website. lotusknows.com The website comes in 2 flavors. An HTML version and a full screen Flash version. The full Flash version is the site to try. It loaded fast and it looks great! It looks VERY well done.
August 2009 . . . Oakmont Limited confirmed as an authorised IBM Business Partner to assist in migration from IBM Lotus Domino Document Manager to Lotus Quickr
In February 2009, IBM announced the withdrawal of Lotus Domino Document Manager (previously known as Domino.Doc). As of May 12, 2009, the software will not be available for purchase; end of support will take effect on September 30, 2012.
The migration options and choices IBM is providing to Lotus Domino Document Manager customers provides the smartest and most attractive path to the future.
For additional information click here to review the Migration Assistance details.
Releases Office Desktop Software at No Charge to Foster Collaboration
Beginning today at www.ibm.com/software/lotus/symphony, business, academic, governmental and consumer users alike can download this enterprise-grade office software, which is the same tool inside some of IBM's most popular collaboration products, such as the recently released Lotus Notes 8. In addition, these tools can be used to seamlessly extend a business process or custom application to create dynamic composite applications.
There are three core applications that make up the Lotus Symphony tools: Lotus Symphony Documents, Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets and Lotus Symphony Presentations. These intuitive software tools, which support Windows and Linux desktops, are designed to handle the majority of office productivity tasks that workers typically perform. Lotus Symphony supports multiple file formats including Microsoft Office and Open Document Format (ODF), and also can output content in PDF format.
Increasingly, users of productivity software are challenging the confines of the desktop. IBM Lotus Symphony provides a fresh, people-oriented way to create, contribute and reuse content instantly across a wide range of applications. In addition, because it is based on ODF, Lotus Symphony allows organizations to access, use and maintain all their documents for the long-term, without worrying about ongoing software licensing and royalty fees.
"IBM is committed to opening office desktop productivity applications just as we helped open enterprise computing with Linux," said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Software Group. "The lifeblood of any organization is contained in thousands of documents. With the Open Document Format, businesses can unlock their information, making it universally accessible on any platform and on the Web in highly flexible ways."
IBM Lotus Symphony is consistent with IBM's strategy to help people find new ways to work together. The no-charge IBM Lotus Symphony software integrates editor functionality into everyday desktop and business applications.
IBM Lotus Symphony gives users the freedom to create and share information, as well as assemble composite applications that link to business processes. For example, IBM Lotus Symphony may be able to help businesses complete tasks more rapidly and efficiently by connecting to relevant information from a variety of sources. Companies can integrate IBM Lotus Symphony tools into their custom applications and easily connect to myriad data sources to create composite applications. These rich applications enable users to work in a single view, and present data from multiple sources instantly.>>Read more & Download