BW Online | May 10, 2004 | Office, Beware -- Here Comes Workplace "If it stood on its own, IBM's $15 billion software group would be the world's second-largest software company, trailing only Microsoft (MSFT ). Yet, most of the software IBM (IBM ) makes runs on powerful server computers, and it figures only minimally in desktop computing. That's about to change.
On Monday, May 10, Big Blue is set to roll out a major new advance in its software strategy -- an integrated group of products called IBM Workplace. The strategy weaves together e-mail, collaboration software, IBM's Web portal, a small database, software for working on Web applications offline, and desktop-productivity applications including word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation manager. It's aimed not at individual consumers but at corporations."
I think IBM is way ahead of Novell/SuSE, Red Hat, and Sun in this context -- the Workplace model is very strong.