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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - 18 Mar 2009: (NYSE: IBM) Lotus Foundations Start, an inclusive turnkey solution that can be installed within 30 minutes, was introduced in Australia today. Lotus Foundations Start, the first in a line of software appliances, contains the software essential for companies with five to 500 employees and little or no in-house technical resources, allowing them to focus on running their business rather than managing their computer systems.

This new, Linux-based IBM solution provides staple collaboration tools such as email, file sharing, and remote access and affords peace of mind through automated network security features, data protection, backup and recovery. Lotus Foundations Start manages and heals itself, removing the need for IT staff skills and costs. It automatically detects the network, secures data and configures applications.

Lotus Foundations Start is part of IBM's initiative to simplify the delivery of information technology for small and medium sized businesses (SMB). IBM and its partners will accomplish this by pre-integrating products and delivering them to SMBs as comprehensive solutions that reduce costs and complexity. Lotus Foundations represents a concerted effort to serve small, local companies with complete, user friendly packages to help demystify complex IT. To further simplify technology, locally based IT firms partnering with IBM will deliver the Lotus Foundations solutions in-person to local businesses. For more information go to: www.ibm.com/lotus/foundations.

James Gorry, Lotus Regional Executive, IBM A/NZ said "Lotus Foundations is a key part of our SMB strategy here in Australia. We know small businesses need to get up and running fast. If they're not nimble in how they serve their customers, they don't stay in business very long. Part of the appeal is not having to run around adding things. Foundations Start has everything you need."

Graham Dodge, Principal Consultant at IBM Business Partner Binary Concepts has recently worked with beta customer Nigel Wilson, director and co-founder of Enterprise Performance Systems International Ltd (EPSI) to implement Lotus Foundations. His experience of configuring Lotus Foundations substantiates its suitability for SMB customers, “It’s as close to plug and play as you can get. In the IT game that’s unusual – to have an enterprise strength server up and running in half a day – it just doesn’t usually happen. In addition to this it really does require little to zero maintenance – you plug it in and you just leave it in the corner and let it do its thing.”

Nigel Wilson, director of EPSI, who now relies on IBM Lotus Foundations said, “We haven’t looked back since we installed Foundations. It has delivered unprecedented business benefits, with negligible costs and maintenance involved. There are no security worries because of the autonomic self-healing features and we know we can make plans based on commercial needs without having to worry about whether we have an IT infrastructure to support our ambitions.”

Small businesses are facing IT challenges that are growing in complexity, yet they cannot afford the time or expense of managing complex computer systems. Traditional enterprise application deployments can be cumbersome for SMBs. They require solutions that can be deployed rapidly and easily maintained, avoiding the disruption of daily operations.

The automated installation allows for fast set-up, enabling the business to begin recouping its investment. Automated network security features and self-managing capabilities mean problems are detected, analyzed and corrected before they grow into major issues. When and if system outages occur -- whether from a power outage, system failure, or even someone tripping over the power cord -- Lotus Foundations Start enables a business to recover all of its information in minutes. The combined effect of these unique features is simplicity and business continuity unmatched by competitive solutions.

The need to learn new systems and applications can slow productivity. Lotus Foundations Start gives businesses the option to work how they know best by giving them the ability to use multiple email clients and document formats. There is no learning curve, so employees can remain productive and continue to work uninterrupted.  

Key attributes of Lotus Foundations Start include:  

  • IBM Lotus office productivity tools (http://symphony.lotus.com/software/lotus/symphony/products.jspa), generally available in its commercial form today, provides individuals with productivity tools including presentations, spreadsheets, and documents.

Lotus Foundations is available immediately from IBM’s network of business partners.


Contacts

Carla McMurray
IBM Communications A/NZ
P: 02 9463 5344 
E: carlacm@au1.ibm.com

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