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Scott Laningham and I met late yesterday afternoon to compare notes and record a recap what we learned at Day 1 of Lotusphere.
You can download the podcast here (MP3, 18:04).
In this podcast, we hit on what we thought were some of the highlights of the very informative first day and also recapped all the key Lotus announcements.
At the press conference this morning here in Orlando, IBM made a number of key announcements relative to the collaboration space.
A couple were mentioned in my prior post, but let me quickly break down all of them now that they’ve been made public:
- Acceleration of Cloud Computing with LotusLive
- Collaboration Agenda Announcement
- Project Vulcan (Blueprint for the future of collaboration)
- IBM and RIM Enterprise Collaboration and Social Networking
- Availability of IBM Client for Smart Work in India (via Business Partners)
I already addressed a couple of these via Mr. Picciano’s keynote, so now it’s time for a little depth on the others.
The LotusLive announcement involves both the technology and business expansion of the LotusLive cloud collaboration pipeline through a new R&D pipeline from IBM Research.
IBM also plans to open the LotusLive suite to new partners, and the services will provide integrated email, Web conferencing, social networking, and collaboration with IBM’s focus on security, reliability and enterprise integration.
A number of the fruits from this new R&D effort will be unveiled this week, including the following:
- Slide Library, a collaborative way to build and share presentations (I can hear a collective ‘Amen’ across IBM marketing on this one)
- Collaborative Recorded Meetings, a service that records and instantly transcribes meeting presentations and audio/video for searching and tagging
- Event Maps, an interactive way to visualize and interact with conference schedules
- Composer, the ability to create LotusLive Mashups through the combination of LotusLive services.
Also expected in 2Q10, Project Concord, a new Web-based document editor for creating and sharing documents, presentations and spreadsheets.
On the LotusLive Notes version upgrade, IBM will provide email, calendar, contact management, and IM capabilities to customers in a multi-tenant environment.
New services and options here will result in a reduction in the minimum number of users for a LotusLive Notes subscription from 1,000 to 25, IBM Lotus Sametime IM support, and a 5G standard mailbox quota.
IBM is now accepting requests to participate in the LotusLive Notes managed beta program here.
Some reorganizational and leadership changes were announced in our Software business earlier today, and in particular, in our Lotus business.
For those looking to understand the nature and opportunity of those changes leading into next week’s Lotusphere need look no further than Ed Brill’s blog post.
Bottom line, the Lotus business will be in very good hands with Alistair Rennie at the helm, and current GM Bob Picciano will go on to have even more impact on our business in his cross-SWG sales role.
Congratulations to them both on their new positions. We look forward to hearing more in Orlando!