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Quick Takes: Lotus Domino and the future

Papows to talk about the issues behind the Lotus vs. Microsoft battle

A series of seminars on the future of messaging and collaborative computing and how to maximize investment in messaging platforms has been scheduled in the coming months. The series is sponsored by IT FACTORY, a collaborate electronic solutions provider in Cambridge, Mass., and ZixIt Corp., a provider of security products and services for Internet communications in Dallas, Texas. Among the speakers will be Jeff Papows, former chief executive officer of Lotus Development Corp., who will speak about strategies for future investments in messaging and collaborative computing technologies. The speakers also will discuss the real issues behind the Lotus Notes/Domino versus Microsoft Outlook/Exchange battle and why some companies are considering an Internet-based mail system instead. Seminars will be in New York and Boston, Mass., May 10, Washington May 16, Atlanta, Ga., May 17, and Chicago, Dallas, Texas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Calif., in September. Registration for the free event is at:

ZixIt seminar

Bynari develops Linux messaging and collaboration

Bynari Inc., Dallas, Texas, has released a line of messaging and collaboration products, called Insight, for Linux desktops. The company said Insight the product will allow Linux and UNIX desktops to perform the same tasks as other popular messaging products such as Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes. The Insight client interoperates directly with Outlook without requiring a proxy. Bynari is targeting large companies which have a population of Linux or UNIX-based technical/engineering employees who need to interact with their Windows personal computer counterparts who use Outlook with Exchange server.

GlobalLearning receives funding

GlobalLearningSystems, an electronic learning solutions provider in McLean, Va., has received a $10 million equity commitment, led by Hampshire Equity Partners. The money will be used to continue building the company, including completing international acquisitions, developing LearningVista, its business learning solution environment, and developing its product and service offerings. Hampshire Equity Partners is a New York private equity firm that invests in growth financings, buyouts, acquisitions, consolidations and corporate restructurings.

COGNICASE buys United Systems Solutions

COGNICASE Inc., an electronic business services provider in Montreal, Canada, has bought privately-held United System Solutions, an information technology consulting firm and developer of the software product, Maximizer Enterprise for Notes. Maximizer Enterprise for Notes, which won the Best in Showcase award at Lotusphere 2001, is a customer relationship management product. It runs on IBM's Domino platform and can be accessed by either Notes or browser clients. United System Solutions is in Toronto, Canada. Maximizer Enterprise for Notes will be integrated with the COGNICASE Watch4me suite of applications.

Anderson goes for TurboGold

Anderson, a professional consulting firm, has selected TurboGold 4.0 to speed up its Lotus Notes environment for 80,000 of its employees. TurboGold is accelerator software for Lotus Notes and Domino businesses developed by Stampede Technologies Inc., Dayton, Ohio. Andersen purchased the site license in December for unlimited internal use of TurboGold client-to-server software which it will start using this year.

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