ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 28, 2002 — The general manager of IBM’s Lotus group kicked off Lotusphere 2002 today, articulating IBM’s vision to improve human productivity through collaboration and leveraging knowledge while embracing the future of open standards. Zollar went on to announce that, in order to take Lotus to the next level of collaboration, the company will adopt the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.3 standard to give their present and future customers full access and choice in standardizing on available platforms.
“Our core competency has always been using innovative technology to help people to collaborate, learn, and take fuller advantage of their collective knowledge, across organizational and geographic boundaries,” said General Manager Al Zollar of Lotus Software, IBM Software Group. “Lotus has been promoting collaboration for ten or fifteen years and it’s gratifying to see how the importance of collaboration has moved to center stage. Judging by what our customers tell me, we’re delivering on our promise and we’re moving on to an even more rewarding phase we call ‘unleashing collaboration.'”
Zollar explained how the next phase of collaboration will be both contextual and fully integratable, enabling collaborative capabilities within any environment and process. For the past year, Lotus Software from IBM has been on the fast track to integrate all their offerings into Web services applications. Due to Lotus Software from IBM’s long-standing tradition of using open Internet standards as the foundation for product interoperability and with such recent introductions as the Lotus Web Services Enablement Kit, developers are now truly able to benefit from the enhanced software portfolio to help easily integrate collaboration, knowledge discovery and e-learning. This further standardization on J2EE addresses customers’ desire to leverage and extend the power of their IBM Lotus Domino investments while at the same time helping to achieve the goal of ultimate integration.
The move to a J2EE standard is a natural evolution, allowing the opportunity to unleash Domino capabilities virtually anytime, anywhere and to anyone in a mix and match environment. The benefits to customers, developers, business partners, IT professionals and others are expected to be enormous, including increased flexibility, dynamic adaptability and diminished costs of both interoperability and solution total cost of ownership.
Zollar’s keynote continued with a commitment to the ‘richness of the desktop’ as he articulated the advantages for Lotus software that have come from being a part of the IBM Software Group. In particular, Lotus software now has access to an incomparable array of technology and research. Furthermore, in an increasingly modular environment, Lotus software and the other IBM Software brands are able to pull together the building blocks for compelling solutions that address vital customers needs, with particular emphasis on their unique areas of competence. “The successful and rapid rate of adoption of Lotus products by customers over the last year shows ‘proof positive’ that Lotus is on the right track,” stated Zollar.