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IBM Lotus Software's Java(TM) 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) Strategy Gains Momentum And Industry Support

Recent Commitment To The J2EE Platform Endorsed By Partners And Leading Analyst Firms

CAMBRIDGE, MA - 25 Mar 2002: The IBM Lotus Software strategy to embrace Web services and the Java(TM) 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) model continues to gain support from key analysts, customers and partners. Announced at Lotusphere in January, support for these rapidly growing technologies will increase the collaborative capabilities of IBM Lotus Domino, and enable collaboration features in a whole new class of applications.

As a core element of the IBM Web services strategy, Lotus Software is engaged in an intensive program to enable its offerings to augment J2EE applications, exposing Lotus features and capabilities as of collaborative components that are accessed from a J2EE-compliant application server, such as IBM WebSphere. Since January, several leading analyst firms -- including Giga, Patricia Seybold Group and META -- have all published documents affirming Lotus software's J2EE strategy and highlighting the long-term benefits to IBM customers.

Following are excerpts from recent analyst reports highlighting the customer business value behind Lotus software's strategy:

"This new direction will allow enterprise vendors compatible with the new architecture to embed Lotus collaboration features into business applications, which will help move toward the type of contextual collaboration that Giga has advocated for the last three years. The best way to get people to work together is to give them access to content and people directly where they are working, without shifting applications or environments." Giga Information Group(1)

"We recommend that Domino customers thoroughly committed to the IBM Software Group (SWG) platform stay the course with Domino, enabling them to exploit contextual collaboration capabilities as IBM/Lotus delivers on its vision." META Group(2)

"It (Lotus software's strategy) migrates collaborative services from the proprietary Domino platform to an open and more integratable J2EE platform. And, most importantly, it ushers in the age of contextual collaboration." Patricia Seybold Group(3)

In addition, Lotus business partners and customers continue to endorse Lotus Software's decision to embrace the J2EE development model, which provides a common infrastructure basis for multi-tier Web applications that integrate all of your enterprise software systems. Through these strategic evolutions, IBM Lotus Software will enable J2EE applications to easily add elements such as document workflows, awareness and instant messaging, knowledge discovery, e-learning and collaboration portals.

"There are tremendous opportunities for service-oriented partners to take advantage of collaborative functions and embed them in more business scenarios and business processes than we are presently doing," said David Via, vice president of Technology from Wolcott Systems. "We will now be able to leverage and extend the power of our present Lotus Domino investments while achieving higher levels of integration."

The decision to support J2EE and Web services is part of Lotus Software's strategy to allow customers to gain richness in their J2EE applications. Customers will be able to easily integrate people and knowledge into Web-based business application, while leveraging the increased flexibility, massive scalability and fast performance of the J2EE application server. This commitment to Web services and J2EE is clear indication of the Lotus strategic direction and affirms the value of Lotus as a technology partner for the next era of collaboration.

Contact(s) information

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

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