Lotus is really serious about its Internet/intranet business - so serious, it's even changing the name of its flagship product.
Since the first announcement in May of the company's Internet strategy, called Domino, we've heard an awful lot about it. But, in that time, Domino has undergone a series of subtle shifts. First it was just a codename for an Internet add-on. Then it was coming out alongside Notes 4.5. Then it was Notes 4.5. Now, Notes 4.5 is Domino. Or Domino 4.5 Powered by Notes to give the product its full title.
What's in a name, you might say? It's still the same product. But by re-branding its flagship, Lotus has indicated its commitment to popular standards and saleable technology. The company has ditched Notes as the primary name of the product because it's associated with the proprietary system Notes used to be. With Domino, Lotus is emphasising its openness and adherence to Internet standards. It knows what it has to do to survive as a software company, and if that involves reincarnating Notes as a totally different type of product, the firm is showing it has the guts to do just that.
The change also sends a powerful message to the business community regarding groupware: even if you love Notes, you just gotta have an intranet.
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