IBM, Google Can Coexist at

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2009-01-23 Print this article Print

Pointing out that has supported IBM Lotus Notes since 2006, Gross said, "We're going to go where our customers are, with the features that our customers like. I don't think [] or IBM or Google think there is going to be one set of services that will completely dominate the market. That's why we support Outlook, Lotus Notes [and] now LotusLive, and obviously we have a strategic relationship with Google."

Gross explained that while some people believe the cloud computing ecosystem will be led by one or two strong players, the cloud will actually be as rich and diverse as the client/server architecture that filled the war chests of companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Oracle, and thousands of others.

That belief explains why has partnered with so many vendors in the cloud, including IBM, Google, Facebook and Amazon Web Services. Gross added, "We want to provide excellent interoperability and common experiences with market-leading services because it benefits our customers. If Microsoft wants to build on, we'll welcome them. You never know, stranger things have happened."

Accordingly, Gross was thrilled that IBM and are working together, he said: What's exciting about LotusLive is that a company the size of IBM coming in to the market is a win for the whole industry.

Even so, Sean Poulley, vice president of online collaboration at IBM, who is taking the LotusLive lead, said he believes IBM is the best fit for over Google or anyone else.

Google and, Poulley said, connect through Google Docs, but LotusLive strives to enable collaboration in the context of a whole business process. Poulley told eWEEK at Lotusphere: "So, you're my customer and he's my partner and we're trying to sell to you and I might want to look you up and we might want to start a meeting together and out of the meeting I might want to take a document and store it somewhere. It's not connecting stuff for the sake of connecting, it's augmenting the process of selling."

Google beware. As much as aims to strike the Switzerland chord, IBM might not be displacing you today, but it's definitely gunning for you in the broader market in the future.


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