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IBM Delivers New Web Services Capabilities To Lotus Customers Through Domino and WebSphere Software Package

WebSphere Provides Open Web services functionality to IBM Lotus Domino applications

SOMERS, NY - 25 Sep 2002: IBM today announced a new offering that adds its open-standards based WebSphere software for managing high-volume business transactions to IBM Lotus Domino, creating new ways for customers to exploit the flexibility and efficiency of Web services in Lotus Domino environments.

The new offering delivers Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) features to IBM Lotus Domino 6 users via the IBM WebSphere Application Server software -- enabling customers to more easily link key business processes through open standards-based software, and marks a major milestone in IBM's Web services strategy by delivering J2EE capabilities to Lotus Domino customers and business partners embracing a J2EE architecture.

Since 1998, Lotus Domino customers were provided with a limited license to use earlier releases of WebSphere technology, and many IBM business partners and customers have used WebSphere capabilities in Domino applications. By using WebSphere Application Server with Lotus Domino 6, Lotus customers can have access to the industry's leading J2EE infrastructure software for extending and enhancing their Lotus Domino applications while leveraging the huge ecosystem of WebSphere developers, business partners and customers.

IBM has enabled all of its middleware with comprehensive support for open Internet standards to enable the development of Web services applications. The support extends beyond WebSphere and Lotus and spans IBM's entire middleware portfolio, including Tivoli and DB2.

"At Lotusphere, IBM Lotus software made a commitment to J2EE and Web services, and today's WebSphere news marks a major step in delivering that strategy to customers and the marketplace," said Scott Cooper, vice president, Lotus Solutions, IBM Software Group. "This new offering enables business partners and customers to realize the benefits and collaborative capabilities from Lotus while using WebSphere as their Web services infrastructure. It also broadens WebSphere's developer community to include some of the industry's most innovative business partners and developers working with Lotus collaborative software."

In addition, IBM will soon be providing Lotus developers with WebSphere Studio and other Eclipse-based tools from hundreds of vendors. Eclipse, the development platform invented by IBM and contributed to the open-source community, allows developers to use different tools from multiple vendors in an integrated, portal-like environment. Prior to Eclipse, developers were forced to use multiple tools for the various functions, ranging from code compiling to debugging, used in creating software programs.

Lotus Domino 6 will be available in Q3 2002 for Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000, IBM OS/400, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris/SPARC, and Linux (IA-32) server platforms. Lotus Notes 6 will be available for Windows 32-bit operating systems and Macintosh clients, including Mac OS X. Pricing will be announced upon general availability.

Purchasers of Lotus Domino 6 will be able to download WebSphere Application Server from the IBM Lotus Passport Advantage site at no additional cost.

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Contact(s) information

Michael Shamrell
IBM Media Relations
(617) 693-1264
michael_shamrell@us.ibm.com

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