Telstra signs ASP deals with Lotus, Microsoft

The Lotus trial will allow Australian customers to use Lotus' Quickplace, Learningspace, Sametime and Smartsuite applications through a standard Web browser.

Scheduled to begin in April, the commercial trial will provide a valuable foundation from which Lotus will build a full-scale ASP business later this year, Peter Taylor, managing director for Lotus in Australia and New Zealand, said in a statement issued by Telstra.

Under an agreement with Microsoft, Telstra will rent Office and BackOffice applications to selected customer groups under a pilot program expected to begin in mid-March. The pilot program forms part of Microsoft's strategy to test the ASP model in Australia and worldwide with 11 other partners, the companies said in the statement.

Telstra will establish and operate the platform for the Lotus and Microsoft trials, offering them to a limited number of customers in its Big Pond Direct and Big Pond Intranet customer groups, according to the statement.

The Lotus and Microsoft trials are expected to conclude in June, Telstra said.

Separately, Telstra and PricewaterhouseCoopers yesterday announced the formation of a strategic alliance for the provision of ASP services for ERP and CRM customers in Australia, New Zealand, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Greater China, the companies said in a statement.

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