IBM Launches Lotus Quickr Team Collaboration Suite

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BOSTON, MA - 20 Jun 2007: At Enterprise 2.0, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the availability of IBM Lotus Quickr, team collaboration software that includes IBM's first commercially available wiki and integration with everyday office applications from Lotus and Microsoft.

A common challenge among business computer users is that they are forced to leave their favorite application environment to collaborate with users inside or outside their company. Although new social computing tools are making collaboration easier than before, wikis and blogs are often used as standalone applications, making software integration and team productivity difficult.

Lotus Quickr offers a simple team collaboration model with a shared content library, team workspaces, wikis, blogs and business templates that are easy to use and can be extended to include other new social networking elements such as bookmarking and tagging.

A recent Forrester survey of 119 CIOs stated a "strong desire to purchase Web 2.0 technologies -- blogs, wikis, podcasts, RSS, social networking and tagging -- as a suite, as well as an equally strong desire to purchase these technologies from large, incumbent software vendors. Overall, 61% of respondents indicated that they would prefer both a suite solution and a large, incumbent vendor." (1)

At the heart of Lotus Quickr are connectors, mini-applications that integrate Quickr capabilities with other everyday applications. For example, users can easily access designated content directly from IBM Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime, Microsoft Windows Explorer and Microsoft Office software and store it within a Quickr shared library. Additionally, IBM plans to expand Lotus Quickr's interoperability by providing a connector to Microsoft Outlook email software later this year.

"Lotus Quickr is an extremely competitive content and collaboration product that can be extended and customized to meet specific business and industry needs," said Daniel Lieber, president of Innovative Ideas Unlimited, Inc, an IBM Business Partner. "The Lotus Quickr interface is clean, consistent, and straight-forward. We found it to be very efficient for working with collaborative content and accomplishing tasks in a personal, workgroup, departmental, or enterprise environment."

"Lotus Quickr integrates key Web 2.0 components, offering businesses new ways to collaborate and easily access the content they need," said Ken Bisconti, vice president of Lotus messaging and collaboration software, IBM. "Lotus Quickr can be used by teams with varied working styles and different levels of technical expertise. It appeals to both workers ready to embrace new Web 2.0 content tools as well as those who are more comfortable working with content within the familiar Microsoft Windows Explorer interface."

Key benefits of Lotus Quickr include:

Future planned enhancements to Lotus Quickr include integration with IBM's enterprise content management (ECM) systems. Customers will be able to use Lotus Quickr to collaborate on content and leverage IBM FileNet P8 and IBM DB2 Content Manager information management capabilities.

Suggested retail price for Lotus Quickr is USD $70 per user. The IBM Lotus CEO (Complete Enterprise Option) Community Collaboration bundle that includes Lotus Quickr, Lotus Connections, and Lotus Sametime is available at a suggested retail price of USD $195 per user.

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1 (1) Forrester Research, "CIOS Want Suites for Web 2.0," dated March 20, 2007, by G. Oliver Young

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