IBM: LotusLive Engage
IBM announced LotusLive Engage, an integrated social networking and collaboration cloud service designed for businesses of all sizes at the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Conference. LotusLive Engage enables companies to communicate and collaborate in new ways without increasing the resources in their IT departments. Finding ways to work with customers and partners in new ways is a matter of survival in a challenging economy environment.
LotusLive Engage gives any business the tools they need to work smarter with partners, clients and suppliers. And it provides the richest communication and collaboration experiences for businesses with the integrated tools. It helps businesses connect and work with each other easily -- outside the firewall. Designed for business, the easy to use, security-rich services of LotusLive Engage include profile and contact management, online meetings, file sharing, instant messaging, and lightweight project management capabilities.
Integration between services is key to the design of LotusLive. The services are built using open, Web-based standards and an open business model. LotusLive services will enable "Click to Cloud" -- the seamless integration of the LotusLive online services with existing on-premise Lotus solutions. "Click to Cloud" will help customers extend the value of their existing investments by making it easy to bridge solutions inside the firewall to the cloud.
LotusLive Engage will be priced on a subscription model, not an advertising model. Pricing will be comparable with other offers in the market today. Businesses of every sector and every major industry, from construction to communications, have already formed their own business networks by connecting and working with clients, partners and suppliers via LotusLive.
"In a challenging economic environment, it's more valuable than ever for companies to come together in the cloud quickly and easily, using powerful communication and collaboration tools that integrate with their existing applications," said Sean Poulley, Vice President, IBM Online Collaboration & Cloud Services.
Using tools beyond simply email can help companies collaborating on a project work more smoothly and efficiently. For example, a construction company could use LotusLive Engage to work with various vendors. The developer, job site managers, architects and others could use LotusLive tools such as an online Meeting to review design changes; File Sharing to store the design documents and updates to those designs; and an Activity to keep track of various components of the project -- such as tasks associated with electrical, plumbing and landscaping. All of this information is easily accessible by anyone working on the project, at any time.
LotusLive Engage will become available on April 7, 2009.