Lotusphere 2007 Press Recap - January 24, 2007
(Gathered from my Google News alerts and other sources)
IT-Director.com: Lotus gets aggressive, and a Second Life (Robin Bloor)
So I'm here at Lotusphere, the first conference of the year. I confess to being impressed by what I've seen so far. Lotus puts on a good show—the best—great special effects and entertainment. The overture to the keynote session was a large gang of rock star impersonators, including a faux Elton John, a faux David Bowie and quite a few other fauxs. They sang a series of rock numbers then they all got together on stage to sing Pinball Wizard;
"He ain't got no distractions,
Can't hear those buzzers and bells,
Don't see lights a flashin',
Plays by sense of smell,
Always gets a replay,
Never tilts at all,
That deaf, dumb and blind kid,
Sure plays a mean pinball."
Not much of a collaborator that deaf, dumb and blind kid, so I'm not exactly sure why singing about him was the appropriate overture for Lotus, because Lotus is very much about collaboration these days—and they have technology to prove it. The Lotus portfolio now consists of five products; Lotus Notes, Sametime, WebSphere Portal, Quickr and Connection.
Information World Review: IBM adds Web 2.0 fruits to Lotus application (Mark Chillingworth)
Computing and software giant IBM has announced a set of new applications for its Lotus information management applications at the Lotusphere 2007 conference in Orlando; that lean heavily towards the collaborative modes of information management that Web 2.0 pioneers.
Lotus, traditionally known for providing large corporations with email, calendar, and staff directory applications will now offer users social networking, blogging, a presence in the online world of Second Life, as well as video casting and real time chat.
Monsters and Critics.com: IBM launches Lotus Connections suite (Steve Ragan)
Computer and corporate networking giant IBM has recently launched Lotus Connections. Lotus Connections is "The first business-ready social-networking application.” Mike Rhodin, IBM Lotus General Manager, said. The Connections suite will offer five unique tools, Profiles, Communities, Activities, Bookmarks, and Blogs.
The toolset that Connections offers is going to be a close match and possible competitor to Microsoft SharePoint, which also offers similar services. Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007 has a slight advantage over IBM with an extensive revamp of its development tools for SharePoint Designer. The Lotus Connections launch news did not report on any development or framework features, just the basic tool overview.
IT Business: I'll believe it when I see it (Shane Schick)
Among the new products launched at its Lotusphere event in Orlando this week, IBM executives also discussed Many Eyes, an online project that would help enterprise workers to manage data through visualization. Users will be able to upload data from cutting and pasting from their own Excel spreadsheets or tab/comma-delimited text files. The Many Eyes site can then present the data in one of 14 different visualization options, including bar charts, bubble charts, histograms and world maps. The idea is to offer companies that want to see the big picture a variety of ways to look at it.