Are You Ready For Some Football (and Lotusphere)?
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Man oh man, what a couple of football games yesterday, eh?
First, while the Patriots/Chargers brawl was a little more docile and a little less of a nail biter than the Packers/Giants game, both were excellent championship series games and a great way to wrap up each of the AFC and NFC divisions.
Also, as my friend Ed said, that was real football weather (below zero being the qualifying line), with no dome overhead to protect the players from the snap, crackle, and pops of those bone-crunching hits.
I do believe we've now got ourselves a nice little intra-East coast rivalry Superbowl that...will be played in the desert sands of Arizona on February 3rd. Hey, sounds like a good enough reason to me to escape those arctic cold snaps.
Meanwhile, in the sunnier environs of Orlando, Florida, Lotusphere 2008 had its own kickoff over the weekend, and the news is already starting to break.
This morning, IBM announced the IBM Lotus Foundations line of small business software servers, installed on-premise and offered primarily through IBM Business Partners.
Geared to the needs of companies from 5 to 500 employees that want to spend more time on growing their business and less time on running their office systems, the Lotus Foundations family of servers includes a Domino mail and collaboration platform, file management, directory services, firewall, backup and recovery, and office productivity tools.
IBM also announced "Bluehouse," a set of extranet services that make it easy for small-and-medium sized companies to securely collaborate beyond their organizational boundaries without requiring any in-house technical expertise.
You can learn more about these new additions to the IBM Lotus family here.