Good-Bye Lotus: From 'Lotusphere,' Thanks for the Memories

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-01-29 Print this article Print
The Beginning

The Beginning

Lotus was founded as Lotus Development Corp. in 1982 by Mitch Kapor and Jonathan Sachs, with venture capital backing from Ben Rosen of the Sevin Rosen venture capital firm.


In November, IBM officials said they were dropping the Lotus brand and moving forward with the IBM brand to identify products like Notes and Domino. The plan was to deliver a public beta of IBM Notes/Domino 9.0 Social Edition that will not carry the Lotus brand, Ed Brill, director of social business and collaboration solutions at IBM, wrote in a Nov. 13 blog post. "This beta is also the point where Notes/Domino will join other IBM software solutions in sporting only the IBM brand—the second-most-valuable brand in the world," Brill said. The decision was historic, as Lotus had become synonymous with enterprise productivity software. Now, at the end of January, it is time for the annual showcase for IBM's Lotus software, Lotusphere. Brill said IBM will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lotusphere this year; however, it will be part of IBM Connect 2013. In its description of the Connect 2013 conference, which will run Jan. 27 to 31, IBM said: "In January 2013, we're joining two 'places'—longstanding Lotusphere and last year's Connect conferences—and making them one. … The conference has a new name to reflect an expanded focus, the broader IBM social business story. ... What many of you have looked forward to for the past 19 years and what many of you will look forward to for at least the next 19—Lotusphere with a new name that reflects the broader story of IBM's market leadership in the social business arena." eWEEK looks at Lotus over the years, leading up to IBM Connect 2013, which celebrates 20 years of Lotusphere.


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