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The first portlet, People Finder, is an online corporate white pages and organizational navigation tool that enables users to view fellow employees contact information and title within the context of an organizations structure.

Mobile support for Lotus applications was increased with IBMs announcement of Lotus Sametime Everyplace 3, the next version of the mobile instant messaging platform.

This version, expected to ship in the third quarter, provides instant messaging on Pocket PC and Palm OS wireless devices as well as J2ME MIDP support for next-generation PDAs and mobile phones. Lotus is also planning to increase the level of scalability and administrative capabilities in this release, allowing companies to more easily add new wireless Sametime users, Lotus officials said.

Sametime Everyplace 3 will take advantage of IBM WebSphere Everyplace Access (WEA) intelligent notification services to extend existing enterprise applications—such as personal information management and e-mail, inventory and customer information—to virtually any device via alerts, officials said.

In related news at the show, AT&T Wireless announced that it would offer Lotus e-mail, personal information management and instant messaging products on mobile devices under the "AT&T Wireless Business Solutions for IBM" brand.

The new offering will include access to IBM Lotus Domino EveryPlace and Sametime EveryPlace, and will be available in mid-February. It takes advantage of AT&T Wireless high-speed GSM/GPRS network and can be accessed on a variety of laptops, Pocket PC phones, and PDAs.

The AT&T offering includes Communication Manager for IBM for optimized and encrypted connections to Domino Everyplace and Sametime EveryPlace Enhanced provisioning will be added throughout 2003, according to IBM and AT&T Wireless officials. Companies can provide wireless access for up to 20 employees within a two-week time frame, officials said.

My Lotus Team Workplaces, buit on Lotus QuickPlace technology, allows users to create, search and manage multiple Team Workplaces that a user belongs to in a single view.

And Lotus Web Conferencing, built on Lotus Sametime adds capabilities for online meetings.

All three portlets feature built-in Sametime capabilities, enabling users to click on a name to determine whether the employee they are trying to locate is online and available. The Collaboration Center features will be available to customers in the second quarter of 2003.

Lastly, IBM announced the availability of the IBM Lotus Learning Management System, with improved support for learning content authoring, teacher-student collaboration and industry standards.