October 22, 2008 09:01 ET
IBM Extends IBM Lotus Notes Software to New Markets With On-Line Service
ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - October 22, 2008) - IBM (NYSE: IBM) today extended its most widely
used software, Lotus Notes, to new markets through delivery as a hosted
service, Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging.
IBM has been driving Lotus Notes and Domino into new markets such as iPhone
users, social networking and unified communications clients and many other
new businesses around the world.
Lotus has led IBM into the nascent cloud services market with offerings
such as Sametime Unyte Web conferencing software and IBM's "Bluehouse"
extranet collaboration service. IBM is extending its cloud services
strategy to its flagship Lotus Notes franchise to attract new customers
including more retail, global manufacturing and insurance companies. Lotus
Notes Hosted Messaging can be customized to the needs of each company by an
IBM services team.
Using a hosting service, there is no need to purchase, house or supply
energy to new hardware needed to run the software. Customers of Lotus
Notes messaging software can instead focus their IT resources on other
strategic business projects.
Priced starting at less than $10 per user per month, new IBM Lotus Notes
Hosted Messaging is designed primarily for companies with 1,000 to 10,000
employees. However, IBM can tailor software and service plans for smaller
and larger companies as well.
The new hosted Notes Messaging service is supported by a dedicated IBM team
and features two service level agreement options, spam and virus filtering
and back up and restore services.
"Software delivery models such as cloud computing, software-as-a-service
and hosting are evolving because companies want flexibility," said Kevin
Cavanaugh, vice president, IBM Messaging and Collaboration. "The new hosted
Notes is another option IBM is providing to customers. There is high demand
for this approach because of the way it is delivered, and its competitive
pricing," he added.
For additional terms and conditions of the new hosted software and service,
IBM also announced today that Global Hyatt Corporation has chosen IBM Lotus
Notes Domino and Sametime collaboration and unified communications software
for its 365 hotels worldwide. For more information, visit
IBM Lotus Notes and Domino has grown to 140 million licensed users
worldwide, has increased its user base across small- and medium-sized
businesses, and is used by more than half of the largest 100 corporations
in the world, and 80 percent of the top 10 global companies in banking,
telecommunications, aerospace and defense, consumer products, electronics,
insurance and pharmaceuticals. Lotus Sametime, IBM's industry-leading
unified communications and collaboration platform, has more than 100
million users. It has been purchased by 29 of the Global Fortune 50, 12 of
the top 15 worldwide banks, eight of the top 10 worldwide pharmaceutical
firms, and four of the five most profitable companies in the world. An
Osterman Research report* states that IBM Lotus Sametime is the number one
instant messaging software used by corporations. For more information,
For a free test drive of the new IBM Lotus Notes version 8.5, visit
https://greenhouse.lotus.com/. This software, which is being beta tested by
tens of thousands of companies worldwide, now has new features that lead to
significant storage savings.
For more information, visit http://www.ibm.com/software/lotus.
*Source: Osterman Research, "Presence, IM and Real-Time Communication
Trends, 2008-2011, An Osterman Research Multiclient Report," September