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IBM Launches New Software and Services to Help Organizations Share Information and Increase User Productivity

New Messaging, Portal and Workplace Software Give Customers Flexible, Low-Cost Choices for Collaboration Solutions

ORLANDO, FLA - 24 Jan 2005: On the 20th anniversary of its flagship Lotus Notes product, IBM launched a broad array of new open standards-based software and technologies.  The new technology and services are designed to give organizations the choice and flexibility to build the "front end" of their collaborative solutions -- on a variety of client devices, from PCs to mobile devices.

Along with new enhancements to Lotus Notes and Domino, IBM is introducing new WebSphere Portal and Workplace solutions.  These three product families form the core of IBM's collaboration portfolio, and provide customers with a foundation they can build solutions based on the size of their business, the individual roles of their employees, or current IT infrastructure.  The new version of Lotus Notes and Domino, WebSphere Portal and the Workplace platform are designed to help organizations extend the reach and value of their back-end systems and all play a key role in increasing collaboration and productivity for employees, customers and partners.

In addition to new software enhancements, IBM is also introducing new Workplace development tools, enhanced business partner programs and a new hosted solution that allows customers to leverage IBM collaborative software on demand.  This broad combination of software, services and programs reaffirms IBM's position as one of the industry's leading providers of collaborative solutions.

"IBM is proud to have helped define the first 20 years of the collaboration industry, and we're looking forward to leading our customers into the next era of on demand computing," said Ambuj Goyal, general manager of Workplace, Portal and Collaborative Software, IBM. "While we have been a recognized leader in the messaging industry for several years with over 118 million users, our WebSphere Portal business experienced double-digit growth in 2004 and the IBM Workplace platform has grown to over 2 million licenses in just 2 years.  IBM is well-positioned with the products, experience and expertise to be the company that customers turn to when they're ready to become an on demand organization."

New products and business benefits unveiled at Lotusphere 2005 include:

Notes and Domino 7
Internal NotesBench testing in Notes and Domino 7 has shown as much as a 70 percent improvement in server performance. Enhanced integration with the IBM Workplace platform will provide customers with the flexibility to extend more Domino investments to IBM Workplace through normal Notes Domino product upgrades. And new Domino Domain Monitoring tools help consolidate and maintain the health of Lotus Domino servers.  IBM currently plans to make Notes and Domino 7 available in the summer of 2005.

Workplace Collaborative Services
IBM Workplace Collaboration Services, a single, integrated environment that includes a wide range of collaborative capabilities or "services," such as email, calendaring, instant messaging, electronic learning, Web conferencing, document and Web content management. IBM Workplace Collaboration Services enables organizations to deploy a single collaboration solution for the enterprise right "out-of-the-box." Built on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), IBM Workplace Collaboration Services provides organizations with pre-built, reusable collaborative services that offer the flexibility to adapt to changing business conditions and react to market opportunities.

WebSphere Portal
IBM today announced the availability of the IBM Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) Self-Service Validation Site. This program is designed specifically to give business partners the ability to validate, test, and ensure their WSRP services are easily integrated with IBM's WebSphere Portal. In addition, WebSphere Portal will include single sign-on functionality, increased support for industry standards such as WSRP and JSR 168, and enhanced collaborative capabilities through IBM Workplace client support.

Hosted Compliance Offering
IBM today announced a new application hosting service to help customers manage documents and reports in connection with Section 404 of  the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.  Called IBM Workplace for Business Controls and Reporting (WBCR), the service provides businesses with an alternative to building and running their technology infrastructure in-house by tapping into computer systems in IBM data centers worldwide to provide sophisticated management of software applications.  The service uses existing IBM infrastructure, personnel and management expertise to help businesses lower costs and eliminate the complexity inherent in deploying sophisticated software.

Workplace Developer Tools
IBM is building and enhancing tools for the IBM Workplace family of products by introducing new resources that make it easier for Domino developers - as well as those familiar with script and Visual Basic - to build Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE)-based applications and components. These new tools will help protect the skills and experience of the Lotus Domino development community, estimated at nearly one million, while giving Domino developers the opportunity to develop applications for the IBM Workplace platform.

Workplace Business Partner Programs
With over 100 business partners enabled on the IBM Workplace platform, IBM is announcing that it is significantly enhancing its support and services through PartnerWorld Industry Networks for solution providers developing industry-specific solutions with IBM Lotus Software.The initiative will offer solution providers access to benefits and resources from IBM to help them go to market, drive visibility and generate leads.

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Contact(s) information

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

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