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Quick Takes: Lotusphere announcements

Lotus CEO pushes collaboration, knowledge management

In his keynote address to open Lotusphere 2000 Europe, Lotus Development Corp. President and CEO Al Zollar said Lotus is singularly focused on making the gathering, storing and distribution of knowledge throughout organizations as transparent and ubiquitous as possible.

"When the knowledge you need can be made instantly available in the form you need it and wherever you are, then we've achieved what I call knowledge transparency," said Zollar.

Zollar told an audience of more than 5,000 Lotus customers and partners that programs like Lotus real-time collaboration environment QuickPlace 2.0 and Lotus Sametime 2.0 instant messaging will be come key in interactions like finding the right product or service, matching buyers and sellers, negotiating contracts and terms, tracking orders and providing rapid and effective customer service.

Ericsson launches collaboration tool based on QuickPlace

Lotus Development Corp. announced Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson has launched a new Web-based collaboration tool based on Lotus QuickPlace 2.0 technology.

Called Ericsson's Global Information Plaza (GIP), it is designed to facilitate collaboration and communication with Ericsson's suppliers, customers, partners and employees. Using QuickPlace, individuals meet in secure, virtual "team rooms" to manage projects simultaneously across departments, companies and geographies.

ASP Solution Pack, QuickPlace 2.0 for Solaris launched

Looking to provide small and medium business customers with secure and reliable hosted solutions, Lotus and Sun Microsystems, Inc. have announced the availability of the ASP Solution Pack and Lotus QuickPlace 2.0 for the Sun Solaris operating environment.

The availability of Lotus' new ASP hosting platform and its real-time collaboration environment for Solaris will provide a secure solution for ASPs running on Sun platforms to host scalable applications for their prospective customers.

ASP Solution Pack available in Europe

Lotus has announced its ASP Solution Pack, its new integrated hosting platform for ASPs offering Lotus applications, will now be available in Europe.

European ASPs offering hosted Lotus solutions include Telecom Italia, Sonera, Andate (a subsidiary of Mannesmann TeleCommerce GmbH), Interliant and Siemens.

The ASP Solution Pack allows greater collaborative capabilities over the Web with applications including Lotus Domino, QuickPlace, Sametime and IBM WebSphere, Advanced Edition.

Sametime 2.0 Beta released

Sametime 2.0 Beta, Lotus' latest version of its real-time collaboration platform, has been released to the public.

The release includes fresh multimedia capabilities, such as interactive audio/video conferencing over IP and the ability to broadcast audio/video/data presentations throughout an entire corporate network and the Internet.

Both Sametime 2.0 Beta and a beta version of Lotus Translation Services for Sametime (LTSS), a new extension application that allows Sametime users to conduct multilingual chat sessions, are available through the Lotus Web site.

Enhanced Domino to integrate with IBM, Microsoft

Lotus had released an enhanced version of Lotus Domino Release 5 (R5), which will more tightly integrate Domino's collaborative capabilities into e-business solutions, including MS Office and Outlook, or IBM's WebSphere Application Server.

Using Domino and utilizing existing skills and tools, the expanded features will enable customers to build teams and leverage internal knowledge -- such as process management, document workflow, e-mail and calendaring, instant messaging and team workspaces.

Key new technical features include Domino Off-Line Services, iNotes access for Microsoft Outlook, WebSphere Single Sign-on which allows a simplified one time only log-on process, Domino Collaboration Objects, and Lotus Connector for OLE/DB.

The latest release of Lotus Domino R5 and the Single Sign-On options will be available worldwide in 30 days at the Lotus Notes Web site.

Lotus introduced K-Station knowledge portal

Looking to bring "new levels" of collaboration and functionality to end users through a single point of access, Lotus had announced its new Lotus K-station knowledge portal.

K-Station is a combination of advanced Lotus portal technologies, tools and services with core collaborative tools like Sametime and QuickPlace, and is the first product to be delivered from the Lotus knowledge management project code-named Raven.

Lotus said in a statement that Lotus K-station provides customers with a secure, online venue for organization and collaboration, regardless of their existing products and infrastructures. The product will ship worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2000, and pricing will be announced 30 days prior to the ship date.

Lotus Goes Wireless

Lotus has unveiled new initiatives in its wireless strategy, including solutions, partnerships and customer deployments, hoping to gain leverage in the wireless e-business industry.

Sametime Everyplace Quick Start, a new version of its real-time collaboration platform, extends capabilities to WAP-enabled wireless devices.

Lotus also struck deals with Vodafone UK and NTT DoCoMo to adapt and develop wireless connectivity solutions over existing GSM connections.

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