IBM Collaboration Summit to Highlight Advances in Technology and Business

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NEW YORK, NY - 18 Sep 2007: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a class of new technologies to move collaboration forward in a Web 2.0 world at the IBM Collaboration Summit at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.

IBM's ongoing investments in collaboration technology have resulted in the richest and broadest collection of communications, collaboration and content services, connecting people to people and people to business processes and information in a standards-based environment that runs on a multitude of devices.

"Business leaders are capitalizing on the convergence of collaboration, information and business processes," said Mike Rhodin, general manager, IBM Lotus Software. "Coupled with industry adoption of open standards, this represents an historic opportunity to redefine how people work together in a Web 2.0 world. The primacy of email has passed. The new definition of collaboration is access to the right people and the right information at the right time -- the linked value of all the existing expertise for any topic or project."

IBM's collaboration software portfolio has been transformed in 2007 with Web 2.0, social networking and unified communications capabilities. IBM is expanding the portfolio further with several new products and services:

IBM market research shows key work-style trends are reshaping the traditional office worker environment. The consumer and enterprise worlds are merging, while the technology-savvy generation entering the workforce is accustomed to the immediacy of gaming, instant messaging and social networking. As electronic bandwidth increases, content is represented in richer forms of digital media that can be combined or "mashed up" into situational applications to accomplish very specific tasks. A proliferation of new workers -- predisposed to playing and working with others in an online world -- are forming professional and social communities both within and beyond their companies' firewalls, collaborating in a multitude of new ways.

The Collaboration Summit is being attended by more than 300 organizations, including State Street Corp, The Federal Aviation Administration, Novell and Nokia -- that are pioneering innovative current and next generation collaboration software. Technology leaders showcasing new collaboration technologies include Ascendant Technology, Avaya, Axceler, Binary Tree, CGS, Gemini, Genius Inside, Innovative Ideas Unlimited, JustSystems Corp., McAfee, MetaLogic, Motorola, Perficient, Permessa, RIM, SCS, Sybase, Synaptris, Vamosa, VSS, and Workgroup Connections, among others.

For more information on IBM's collaboration portfolio:

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