Wednesday, April 01, 2009

IBM Steps Up Cloud Offering With Lotus - WSJ.com

Actually, most of LotusLive is based on two IBM technology acquisitions, not Notes/Domino, and the part that is based on Notes/Domino is email-only.  This is a very different strategy, compared to Microsoft’s Software + Services approach (which uses the same products on-premises and on-cloud), and it has obvious implications for information workers and app developers (who essentially have to start over).  See this IBM page for more details.

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) Tuesday stepped up its cloud-based software offering, launching a suite of contact management and instant messaging services for businesses, which can be accessed via the cloud.

The services build on IBM's existing Lotus Live product, an online version of its Lotus Notes collaboration tool, and are accessed on a subscription basis.

Cloud computing, an ill-defined term for a group of products and services which enable computing to move off companies' premises and onto data centers owned by technology companies, accessed via the Internet, is seen as a core growth area for the industry. IT research firm Gartner estimated last week that revenue from cloud services will grow to $150 billion by 2013.

Article - WSJ.com

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