Notes Users to Gain from New IBM Middleware Strategy
Future versions of the Lotus Notes client will bring it closer to Workplace and allow users to take advantage of the new server-managed software model.Future versions of IBMs Lotus Notes client will benefit from the companys new server-managed software model, as Big Blue crystallizes its strategy for converging its Lotus Workplace suite with its Notes and Domino product lines. Lotus Workplace Messaging and Documents are the centerpiece of a new IBM software model for managing and administering clients from the server theyre connected to. The model, which IBM unveiled last week, is intended to ease client administration and divorce client hardware and operating-system choices from the selection of back-office applications. IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., announced Monday that dozens of ISVs, developers and systems integrators have signed up to develop customized offerings that take advantage of IBMs Workplace client technology. Among the partners IBM cited were Binary Tree Inc., Intellisync Corp., PalmOne Inc., Research in Motion Ltd., Siebel Systems Inc. and Relavis Corp.
Lotus Workplace is the next-generation messaging and collaboration technology developed by IBMs Lotus Software division. Most Lotus messaging customers today use the Notes client and Domino server, which IBM continues to develop in parallel with Workplace.