Orlando's a nice place to be this year, and judging from the news breaking from Lotusphere thus far, you won't find any flies landing on the Lotus team. In fact, my head's spinning from the announcements, so let me stop long enough to break it down into consumable fragments:
First, over 6,000 attendees saw the "Hannover" demo this morning. Slated to release in 2007, these next releases of IBM Lotus Notes and IBM Lotus Domino will include SOA support, activity-centric computing, composite applications, and server-managed clients to the IBM Notes and Domino platforms.
Next, expanded support Mac OS X, including for Lotus Notes 7 on the Apple Mac OS X Version 10.4 "Tiger" release. This will included integrated Lotus Sametime instant messaging and support for the new Intel-based Macs. IBM is also introducing Mac support for Domino Web Access via Firefox.
We're also seeing increased convergence of real-time collaboration technologies for the Lotus Sametime platform, including instant messaging, phone, VoIP chat, Web conferencing, and video conferencing (get out of those jammies!) in Lotus Sametime V. 7.5.
V 7.5 will also include new interoperability with other leading public instant messaging services, including Yahoo, AOL, Apple iChat, and Google Talk (That's what I'm talkin' about!)...And if you didn't already know where you were, V 7.5 will include location awareness and enhanced security and privacy, all built on the Eclipse framework intended to encourage open plug-in development.
Next, expanded support for SAP Solutions through the IBM Lotus Notes Suite for SAP Solutions (Hey, I don't make up these names...I just laboriously retype them!) and the new "Move2Lotus on Linux" program. On the SAP front, we include expanded integration into calendaring, time tracking, contact management, report generation, approval workflows, and other common business tasks, availability 1H06.
And with the "Lotus on Linux" program, we're providing IBM Business Partners with the tools, resources, and incentives they need to help their customers migrate off of competing messaging and collaboration systems to Lotus Notes and Domino on Linux. That's one small step for the penguins, one giant leap for global communications.
Real-Time Collaboration for Real-Time Business
Finally, we have announced enhanced support of click-to-call (to call in instant messaging or email contact directly from email and IM clients), click-to-conference (to instantly initiate a voice conference from within a client), and business-quality video into Lotus Sametime working with the likes of Avaya, Nortel, Polycom, Premier Global Services, Siemens, and Tandberg.
These new instant messaging, web conferencing, voice, audio integration and PC-to-PC technologies will help IBM customers keep their feet firmly on this flattening earth, and help ensure the right hand knows what the left is doing...or not doing, as the case may be.