Enterprise Applications: Lotusphere 2010 Opens, Closes with Shatner, Project Vulcan
There was no way to avoid it. "Star Trek" jokes abounded at IBM's Lotusphere event held Jan. 17 to 21. Actor William Shatner, who portrayed Capt. James T. Kirk in the original television and movie series, opened the show with a chat about Lotus collaboration, and IBM executives closed the show by unveiling Project Vulcan. Vulcan is a forthcoming collaboration platform that will combine the Lotus Notes portfolio with IBM's social software and Cognos business intelligence applications. IBM officials also introduced IBM Lotus Notes applications for iPhone and Android devices, improvements to Lotus Connections and Lotus Quickr, and a bolstered partnership with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, which is using Lotus Connections.