Friday, January 16, 2009

Ed Brill: Remember last Lotusphere how a Friday Nitix acquisition became a Monday Lotus Foundations?

Maybe the IBM Lotus subsidiary, in terms of naming, should have evolved from “Lotus Development Corp.” to “Lotus Acquisition Corp.”, since many of its new offerings over the last few years came from acquisitions, e.g., “Bluehouse” messaging in 2009, IBM Lotus Foundations in 2008, Sametime Unyte in 2007, IBM Lotus Forms in 2005…

An excerpt from Ed’s post:

If you remember that, a sense of deja vu prevails for now -- and watch for more on Monday...

IBM has announced its intent to acquire the strategic messaging service assets of Outblaze, Ltd., a privately held provider of online messaging and collaboration services, based in Hong Kong. Building on IBM Lotus' market leadership in messaging software, the asset acquisition will accelerate the delivery of affordable, Web-based e-mail services in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. ...

Addressing one of the topics in the comment thread (on Ed's post), BTW, Microsoft Exchange Online is 100% Exchange – Microsoft’s software + services strategy is not based on acquisitions and renaming exercises.

Ed Brill

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