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.

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While current versions of Notes are not included in the server-managed client module, future versions of the software will bring it closer to Workplace and allow users to take advantage of the new model, according to Ken Bisconti, vice president of messaging products at Lotus.

IBMs development has been focused on providing a consistent user interface between Notes and Workplace—such as a welcome portal, integrated presence and instant messaging.

But ties between the products will strengthen in Version 7 of the Notes client. That release, due in the first quarter of 2005, will support the surfacing of Notes applications within Workplace as an Eclipse plug-in, Bisconti said in Cambridge, Mass.

Next Page: Version 8 of Notes will run on top of the Workplace client.