Lotus has re-invented itself several times since IBM bought it in 1995. Lotus Notes was a pioneering collaboration tool back then; it was providing a robust client-server environment at a time when many people had not even experienced Internet email or web browsing.
Now, Lotus is morphing into Lotus Live, a hosted cloud computing platform for collaborative software, sold from the LotusLive website. And Notes is just one of the services. Event management, conferencing, and managed social networks are part of Louts Live.
In keeping with the business model that IBM has been following in recent years, the company is encouraging its partner network to extend the products, through its partner world initiative.
Among the partners who plan to introduce add-ons this year:
- Silanis Technology will provide electronic signature process management for validating Lotus Live Files and Activities
- Skype will integrate voice and video calling into LotusLive Contacts
- Prolifiq plans to offer a branded sales messaging platform.
The announcement was timed for maximum exposure at this week’s Lotusphere event, where thousands of IBM resellers have gathered.