New Lotus tools are designed to make it easier to migrate from Microsoft SharePoint to IBM's Quickr.
The most logical way for IBM's Lotus group
to beat Microsoft's SharePoint team
in the collaboration software market is to ship more units of software. Failing
that, IBM could convince disgruntled SharePoint customers to migrate their data
Specifically, IBM is working to move as
many customers as possible from SharePoint to its Lotus Quickr team
collaboration software, which allows enterprises to share content such as
documents, photos and videos and to work together on projects through wikis and
IBM Lotus on May 2 added another weapon
in this battle with Lotus Quickr Content Integrator, which helps migrate data
from SharePoint repositories and Exchange folders into Quickr team work spaces.
Lotus Quickr Content Integrator, which IBM
is selling now for $320 per processor, comes as IBM
is ratcheting up its Quickr offerings with a new version. This refreshed suite,
Version 8.1, also includes tools to help move more customers to Lotus software.
Lotus Quickr 8.1 includes new connectors for Microsoft Outlook and Lotus
Symphony, which lets users access content in team work spaces and content
libraries directly from Microsoft Outlook, as well as IBM's
Lotus Symphony office suite and Lotus Connections enterprise social networking
New features for users and IT
There are also new features that allow automatic versioning of documents to
help track updates and feeds that populate the "what's new" section
of team work spaces. This is similar to the way a user sees how many new
stories populate an RSS feed reader, such as Blogger or Bloglines.
Quickr 8.1 also features a new dashboard for IT managers to use in managing enterprise
deployments of Lotus Quickr. The dashboard includes statistical reports to give
admins more insight into how workers are using Quickr, as well as the ability
to search and set policies and permissions in work spaces by type and owner.
Available May 1, Quickr 8.1, like previous versions of the software, costs
$70 per user for a perpetual license.
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Finally, IBM is giving the much maligned
e-mail attachment the heave-ho with Lotus Quickr Entry, a personal file-sharing
space where users can post HTML links instead of sending content via dreaded
Lotus Quickr Entry is included in the latest version of Lotus Quickr and as
a stand-alone offering available to Lotus Notes and IBM
Lotus Domino Web Access customers at no additional charge.