Lotus is to launch a client/server-based version of its collaborative J2EE portal-based Workplace platform this spring.
Addressing delegates at Lotusphere, Ambuj Goyal, software general manager, demonstrated new Workplace features such as an open programming model, component assembly capabilities and embedded standards such as web services.
"We will build momentum in 2004 with our workplace client direction," he said. "This brings the 20 year-old PC programming model into the modern world of networking [and] completes the Workplace platform."
Instead of point-to-point integration between email, messaging and enterprise resource planning applications, the Workplace client uses the open standards embedded within IBM Websphere portal as a middleware component.
Goyal claimed that this common architecture would deliver a consistent user interface and experience across the organisation, regardless of having a dedicated workspace or email access.
The IBM software solution for on-demand Workplace, also unveiled yesterday, develops the Workplace model by giving entry point access to increasing enterprise integration requirements.
It combines IBM Websphere portal with Workplace and includes the Lotus web content management tool for a single, per user price of $399.
The software will be shipped as vertically focused packages to meet the need for business control and reporting required by Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, for example, or as components.
Goyal also said that version 2.0 of the Workplace collaboration platform would ship within four months.
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