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IBM Announces Enhanced Mobile Instant Messaging Platform at Lotusphere 2003

IBM Lotus Sametime Everyplace 3 to Provide Mobile Workforce With Flexible Communication and Enterprise Strength Security

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ORLANDO, Fla - 27 Jan 2003: IBM today announced its plans to release IBM Lotus Sametime Everyplace 3, a wireless instant messaging solution and the latest member of the industry-defining Lotus Sametime family of instant messaging solutions. Sametime Everyplace extends the instant messaging capabilities and presence awareness of Sametime to mobile phones and a wide range of wireless devices including Pocket PC and Palm devices.

As presence awareness and instant messaging become a core component of a company's communications infrastructure, mobile access to that infrastructure is critical. Sametime Everyplace helps mobile employees be more accessible to each other and to co-workers at the office -- without sacrificing the security of their company's network. In addition, mobile access to presence awareness and instant messaging opens the door for the next generation of wireless applications, such as smart notifications, and access to interactive agents, often called "bots," which allow employees to tap mission critical applications and information immediately. With bots, users of Sametime Everyplace will be able to send simple queries to office applications such as the corporate directory. The information is then automatically sent back to their supported wireless device of choice, all without having to modify back-end applications.

As the first to deliver enterprise instant messaging in 1999 and the first to deliver corporate instant messaging for mobile workers in 2001, Lotus software continues to equip customers with increasingly efficient levels of communication. With Sametime Everyplace 3, Lotus will expand its customers' communication options by enabling instant messaging on some of the latest wireless devices on the market including Pocket PC, Palm and J2ME MIDP support for next-generation PDAs and mobile phones. Enabling instant messaging functionality on these devices will help provide flexibility for the enterprise and the road warrior, while providing a rich and simple user experience. Within this release, Lotus also plans to increase the level of scalability, allowing companies to add new wireless Sametime users as the need arises.

"IBM recognizes that more and more companies are encouraging mobile workforces," said Ken Bisconti, Vice President, Messaging and Advanced Collaboration Solutions for Lotus Software, IBM. "With Sametime Everyplace, having people in the field no longer means sacrificing productivity or losing the benefits of a connected enterprise. This new release will make it even easier for traveling consultants and field sales forces to communicate with co-workers in the office and locate crucial information from remote locations, as well as for on-site employees to locate and contact off-site colleagues."

IBM anticipates that Sametime Everyplace 3 will be available in Q3 2003 through IBM's Passport Advantage distribution channel.

IBM and AT&T Wireless Team on Wireless Offering
In addition to the planned release of Sametime Everyplace 3, IBM has recently teamed with AT&T Wireless (See "AT&T Wireless Mobilizes U.S. Businesses to Take IBM's Lotus Domino and Sametime Applications 'Everyplace,'" January 27, 2003) to help make Sametime Everyplace installation speedy and simple for AT&T Wireless subscribers. Through the "AT&T Wireless Business Solutions for IBM" program, corporate customers would have one-click access to IBM Lotus Domino Everyplace and Sametime Everyplace on AT&T Wireless' high-speed GSM/GPRS network.

"IBM and AT&T Wireless are combining our relative strengths in enterprise data to mobilize Lotus users with user-friendly, easy-to-install wireless applications," said Andre Dahan, president of AT&T Wireless Mobile Multimedia Services. "Now professionals in various industries can work remotely with the kind of ease and flexibility they are accustomed to having in the office."

To simplify deployment, IBM Software Services for Lotus (ISSL) consultants and AT&T Wireless Systems Engineers will provide powerful resources to ensure quick, seamless integration for any large enterprise. They will help implement a full departmental solution or limited scope pilot, with minimal impact on a company's current IT operations.

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