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    The beginning of this year was very interesting. In January, a Lotusphere conference was held in Florida, where IBM talked about a further development strategy for the Lotus product line. The conference was being prepared in unusual conditions - in sunny and hot Florida, the temperature suddenly dropped to zero. Oranges on trees, covered with ice, warmly wrapped passers-by. I don’t know what caused it, a sharp warming on the eve or something else, but the whole Lotusphere was bright and unusual, both organizationally and informationally.

    How it went outwardly you can see in a short clip:

    As for the informational component of the conference, one clip is not enough here.

    Lotusphere is the world's premier teamwork event. It is here that this year, under the slogan “Lotus Knows,” thousands of people from all over the world gathered to learn about the strategies and innovations of Lotus and WebSphere Portal.

    Teamwork in the future became the main topic of the conference. As part of it, IBM announced the Vulcan Project, a new cloud platform for collaboration tools and social services. At the conference, it was announced that this platform will provide the convergence of traditional and cloud solutions, combine the capabilities of business and social networks, and also allow the use of a wide range of devices from desktop computers to mobile devices. It is in the context of this project that existing products, such as Lotus Notes / Domino, LotusLive, Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr, and WebSphere Portal, will be developed. Vulcan will be available to developers in beta in the second half of 2010 on the LotusLive Labs portal.

    At the Conference itself, the LotusLive Labs team presented four of their developments: Concord (online text editor and spreadsheet for LotusLive with collaboration tools); Slide Library (a tool for creating and demonstrating presentations online); Collaborative Recorded Meetings (a service for recording web-conferences and translating voice to text); Composer (a tool for creating mixed Web applications based on LotusLive).

    Improving cloud services has become the second important topic at Lotusphere. Email and calendar support is a hot issue for so many companies, and IBM is actively looking for ways to provide business-friendly cloud alternatives. With LotusLive, organizations can, without installing Lotus Notes on a computer, provide all or some of their employees with access to email, calendar, contact management, and a messaging program. This solution is especially attractive for organizations with branches where it is economically unprofitable to install a separate server or for those who are constantly on the move. LotusLive Notes will support collaborative work of employees in the clouds, which will give flexibility to the organization of the workflow. For organizations using a mixed approach, i.e.

    The Conference talked a lot about the importance of developing products for mobile devices for the corporate sector. Research In Motion has released new client software for BlackBerry devices with support for Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections. In addition to BlackBerry, IBM launched the first iPhone app, Lotus Notes Traveler Companion, and announced plans to create clients for Android devices.
    Of course, over the week at the Conference, many more innovations, such as Lotus Connections and Lotus Symphony, were announced, the App Store was announced - an add-on store for Lotus products, as well as various integrations with other services (Tungle and Gist).

    In general, the Lotusphere conference showed a clear commitment by IBM to facilitate the work of individual users and groups, as well as the development of new technologies in the teamwork market and confirmed its reputation as a leader in solutions for the corporate sector.

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