The Lotus Cloud Is Getting Bigger…
…and Leon’s getting la-rrr-ggg-errrrr!
Sorry, still bemoaning the loss of Leslie Nielsen all these weeks later.
And with just three days left to Lotusphere, I’m in an “Airplane” kind of mood!
Scott Laningham and I have been tuning up our videocasting chops in pre-production preparing for all the video interviews we’re going to be conducting in Orlando (sorry, no Mickey), and we have a feast of IBM and Lotus executive and partner celebrities lined up.
To whet your appetite for all things Lotus, Scott and I synched up earlier this week for a pre-Lotusphere podcast. Scott spoke with Kathy Mandelstein and Colleen Hayes with the IBM Collaborations team for a sneak preview, and I added a few thoughts of my own about what I’d be looking forward to at Lotusphere 2011.
To keep the drumbeat going, we also announced some new partnerships and increased adoption of LotusLive public cloud services earlier today.
IBM announced partnerships with Ariba and SugarCRM to help clients take advantage of social commerce and CRM in the cloud. We also announced the widespread adoption of LotusLive with a whole range of new clients benefiting from IBM’s cloud initiatives.
You can read more about both here.
Recent research from IDC demonstrates that worldwide spending on cloud services will grow almost threefold by 2013, to some $44.2 billion (U.S.).
And based on a survey IBM conducted in the mid-market recently, there’s growing adoption of cloud computing among midsize firms, with two-thirds either planning or currently deploying cloud-based technologies to improve IT systems while lowering their overall costs.
Adoption of cloud computing is on the rise. Recent IDC research shows that worldwide spending on cloud services will grow almost threefold, reaching $44.2 billion by 2013. With this increased interest and adoption, businesses across the world are embracing IBM’s public cloud services for easy-to-use collaboration tools to connect with colleagues, partners and suppliers quickly.
Additionally, according to a recent IBM survey of more than 2,000 midsize companies, there’s growing adoption of cloud computing among midsize firms, with two-thirds either planning or currently deploying cloud-based technologies to improve IT systems management while lowering costs.
Check out the video below to learn more about how Lotus and SugarCRM are bringing customer relationship management to the cloud, and, of course, keep an eye on the Turbo blog throughout Lotusphere as more news emerges.