SOURCE: IBM

May 18, 2005 14:36 ET

New Customer Wins Help IBM Lotus Notes and Domino Gain Momentum in Messaging and Collaboration Market

Choice of Platforms, Security and Tailored Solutions for the Small and Medium Business Market Help Drive Success of Lotus Notes and Domino Platform

SOMERS, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 18, 2005 -- Building on a current IBM Lotus Notes and Domino customer base of over 118 million users, IBM has gained momentum in the messaging and collaboration market with customer wins in a variety of industries and across all geographies, including wins at Aleris International, Miller Thomson LLP and the Jacksonville Airport Authority in Jacksonville, Florida.

Support for open standards, a high level of security, and lower costs of ownership have been key factors in the continued success of the Lotus and Domino platform, which is evidenced by double-digit growth in the first quarter of this year for IBM's messaging and collaboration products.

"Messaging and collaboration software has moved into the 'mission critical' category for many businesses and IBM's Lotus Notes and Domino products can uniquely handle the challenge of providing a secure, cost effective and flexible collaboration environment," said Ambuj Goyal general manager of Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software, IBM. "The double-digit growth we experienced in the fourth quarter of 2004 continued into 1Q 2005 with 11% growth for Lotus Software and 17% growth for Lotus messaging and collaboration products, and we feel our long-term roadmap for the platform will continue to attract new customers seeking completive advantage through collaboration."

Organizations leveraging Lotus Notes and Domino for their messaging needs range from some of the largest corporations in the world to customers from the small- to medium-sized business (SMB) market. The following represent a sample of the thousands of customers from a wide variety of industries that are leveraging the powerful capabilities of the Notes and Domino technology to address complex collaboration issues:

--  Aleris International, Inc. Ohio-based Aleris International resulted
    from the merger of Commonwealth Industries, Inc. and IMCO Recycling Inc.
    This strategic combination created a vertically integrated aluminum
    recycler and common-alloy sheet manufacturer. The capabilities of Lotus
    Notes and Domino help streamline communication and collaboration among
    3,200 employees.
    
--  Miller Thomson LLP. Miller Thomson LLP is one of Canada's largest full-
    service national law firms, with more than 500 professionals working from
    Toronto, Vancouver, Whitehorse, Calgary, Edmonton, Waterloo-Wellington,
    Markham and Montréal. The firm is leveraging IBM Lotus Notes in a Notes-
    based knowledge sharing system to organize the firm's data, which will help
    increase client service while saving time and money.
    
--  Jacksonville Airport Authority (Florida). Jacksonville Airport
    Authority owns and manages the Jacksonville Airport System, which is a
    diversified airport system that serves the commercial, business and
    recreational aviation needs of the City of Jacksonville, Northeast Florida
    and Southeast Georgia (the community). IBM's Lotus Notes is used to address
    the broad collaboration and messaging needs of the Jacksonville Airport
    Systems, which includes four separate airports spread across Jacksonville
    and surrounding communities.
    
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