News Updates (January 15, 2010)

Panasonic to IBM … IBM announced that Panasonic is embracing IBM LotusLive for its collaboration services. “Panasonic will adopt IBM’s LotusLive.com services for Web conferencing, file sharing, instant messaging and project management. The company will also implement LotusLive Connections for business social networking between employees, partners and suppliers to find and share the right insight when needed. As part of this investment in open IBM technology, Panasonic will migrate employees from Microsoft Exchange or other collaboration software to LotusLive for email, calendaring and contact management. Panasonic will present more details at IBM’s annual Lotusphere Conference January 17 – 21 in Orlando, Florida. More
– It’s one of the biggest cloud computing deals to date.

Alfresco for Lotus … Alfresco announced an integration with Lotus software. “Alfresco Software, Inc. today announced the availability of Alfresco Content Services for Lotus social collaboration products, an integration between the Alfresco open source enterprise content management (ECM) system and IBM Lotus Quickr, Lotus Notes, Lotus Connections and WebSphere Portal. This integration brings together an industry leading combination of the Lotus social collaboration capabilities and Alfresco’s lightweight, scalable, full-featured ECM, which is simple and low cost to use, deploy, maintain and support. Alfresco Content Services for Lotus will be unveiled at Lotusphere.More

Microsoft: Move from Lotus … Microsoft announced free training for 500 Notes pros wanting to shift across to the Microsoft office and collaboration stack. “Microsoft will provide free training vouchers to the first 500 Lotus professionals who want to check out Office apps, Exchange and Office Communications Server. In addition, partners such as Quest, Binary Tree and Casahl Technology plan new migration software. Quest is releasing a new version of its Notes Migrator for Exchange, with support for Exchange 2010. Binary Tree and Casahl will release undisclosed migration tools in February. Microsoft also is introducing new methods for migrating customer Notes applications to the Microsoft platform that it says are more cost effective and accurate.More
– The training vouchers are worth $300 per user.

TimeBridge and Google Calendar … TimeBridge updated its meeting scheduling service, with enhanced support for Google Calendar users. “Google Calendar integration is a longtime feature of TimeBridge’s service. TimeBridge users have been able to view their own calendar details and access their Google contacts from within the TimeBridge application. They have also been able to publish their own free/busy availability to users in other companies and calendaring systems. The TimeBridge Google Gadget brings that integration directly into the Google Calendar to let users send a single invite to schedule a meeting and give them the tools to make the most of meeting time without disrupting their daily online routine.More

Brainloop Numbers … Brainloop claimed that 50% of Germany’s DAX 30 use Brainloop for secure document collaboration. “The company increased its penetration in key markets, with users in the largest US and global pharmaceutical, financial services, accounting and manufacturing firms, including fifty percent of Germany’s DAX 30 companies, a stock index made up of 30 blue chip firms. Additional Brainloop users include multiple small and midsized businesses from all industries. Brainloop’s Secure Dataroom solution enables them to securely share confidential information across company boundaries.More

HP and Microsoft on the Cloud … HP and Microsoft announced a joint $250 million investment in cloud computing. “Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft said Wednesday they will jointly spend $250 million to develop hardware and software products that are designed to work together smoothly in their customers’ data centers and in cloud computing facilities …. The two tech giants said they will collaborate in designing a full “stack” of data center hardware, software management tools and other applications, as well as on Windows Azure, which is Microsoft’s operating platform for cloud computing, in which customers can access data center services over the Internet.More

Teambox … Teambox released a Twitter style application for teams. “This app allows users to share text, tasks and files. Much like topics in Quora, activities in Teambox can be followed by users who need to stay updated, publish updates to their team or view the related stream of information. Projects are invite-only, and users can choose who the collaborators will be and determine permissions for each person.More

Other Items
– Greg questions the thinking behind VMware’s acquisition of Zimbra.
– IBM Lotus talked about its Symphony roadmap through to March 2011, including at least 3 more edition.
– Binary Tree will be showing its latest analysis, migration, coexistence and consolidation products for Lotus Domino at Lotusphere next week.
– Mindjet offers its review of 2010, including the Mindjet for iPhone application.
– Skelta announced that its business process management tool now supports SharePoint 2010.

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