IBM Must Master Juggling Its Offerings
In its Lotus Software juggling act, IBM is trying to accommodate WebSphere and Java.Juggling is currently one of IBMs favorite activities. The company must juggle extolling the benefits of enterprise applications with On Demand computing, where applications are hosted elsewhere. The company must juggle the independence of its Global Services business with the need to sell more IBM hardware and software. And it must juggle the offerings from its Lotus Software division to provide an upgrade path as well as a chance to participate in an open, standards-based computing future. Its the Lotus juggling act to which we turn our attention in this weeks eWEEK Labs section. In "Lotus Juggling Act," Labs Senior Analyst Henry Baltazar explains the benefits and drawbacks associated with the Lotus product lineup, including Domino 6, Sametime 3.0, Domino.Doc 3.5 and LearningSpace 1.0. Unlike some of its competitors, the Lotus product line was designed to be an enterprise-level computing platform. But that design must now accommodate IBMs WebSphere products as well as the Java programming language. See Henrys article to find out how the Lotus juggling act is performing. In an accompanying article, Anne Chen talks to users who have followed the upgrade path.
While youre in the Labs section, look at Jason Brooks review of Palms Tungsten T handheld computer. Handhelds are on a fast track, evolving from a corporate companion device to a primary computing platform for the mobile worker. Palm and its Pocket PC competitors are in a tight race to prove their value to corporate users.