Lotus chief defines imminent battle plan

Bob Picciano will take his integration pitch to the people in January at Lotusphere.

IBM's Lotus Software division chief Bob Picciano

IBM's Lotus Software division chief Bob Picciano

"Notes has this basic collaboration, basic content management, this application development environment that includes a user-accessible application environment, and those things have made Notes unique for some time," says Rob Koplowitz, the Forrester analyst who wrote the report. "But now there is another player in town with SharePoint."

Some experts say with Quickr, Connections and Sametime, Lotus has a formidable trio of new tools to go along with old gems like Notes replication that SharePoint cannot yet match.

"If a customer says they don't want Notes, IBM can still come in and say this trio can do things that are market leading," says Peter O'Kelly, principal analyst for O'Kelly Consulting. "You have Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 kinds of collaboration, and market leading real-time communication tools. And it works on Notes/Domino, WebSphere, Java, DB2, Oracle and they fit with Microsoft tools such as Exchange. And another advantage is that it works across a variety of platforms; Linux, Unix, Solaris, Windows."

Industry experts say the dramatic adoption of SharePoint and its positioning as Microsoft's collaboration hub could lead users to add other Microsoft software such as Exchange and Office Communications Server at the expense of Lotus.

In addition, IBM is seeing many new competitors, including Oracle and Cisco, who want a piece of the collaboration and social networking pie.

Microsoft went on record in July as saying it wants to get Lotus customers to convert five million seats of Notes to Microsoft's collaboration tools between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009.

Picciano doesn't see that happening.

"We are leaving others like Microsoft in the rear-view mirror because they are more caught up in protecting franchises and not focused on liberating workforces and getting people to democratically share information and link together in a business context," he said. "The golden egg Microsoft is laying [with SharePoint] is coming from the chicken they have, which is a monopoly desktop environment."

Picciano has presided over a number of attacks on Microsoft.

He cites the coup Lotus scored earlier this year at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, trumping SharePoint by many analyst accounts with the array of social networking tools in Connections.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Lotus

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Fontana

Network World
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?