ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a major extension of Lotus Notes and Domino collaboration software for the full spectrum of proliferating mobile and Web-connected devices such as the Apple iPhone, Nokia smartphones, thin clients, laptops and desktops used to access corporate applications and business processes. To spur broader growth of Lotus Notes and Domino applications for the increasingly diverse range of devices in corporate use, for the first time, IBM will make Lotus Domino Designer tools available at no charge.
Lotus Domino 8.5.1 is the first version to natively support the iPhone via Lotus Notes Traveler software. This extends Lotus Domino automatic synching for e-mail, contacts and calendar data to the iPhone, helping address the growing user demand to access Notes and Domino collaboration software on the road. In fact, the IBM Institute for Business Value predicts two billion mobile Web users in the next decade, and a significant shift in the way the majority of people will interact with the Web.
The new features, which include push e-mail, contacts, and calendar, enable iPhone users to work off-line, while allowing confidential data to be erased remotely if an iPhone is lost or stolen. iPhone users can also take advantage of a corporate directory look-up feature which helps them find contact information behind their company firewall.
Updates for the Nokia Symbian platform include remote wipe, device lock, password management and external calendar integration. The IBM software provides all of these capabilities for Windows Mobile devices as well. With the iPhone, Nokia Symbian and Windows Mobile devices, and support for Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry, Lotus Notes and Domino now supports the vast majority of smartphones in the world.
"We are accelerating the delivery of millions of existing Lotus Domino applications to mobile users, and promoting the creation of a variety of new ones to help people work smarter on the go," said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president, Messaging and Collaboration, IBM. "No charge Domino Designer will make it easier for organizations to adopt, acquire and manage IBM Lotus Notes and Domino software, and proliferate the development of powerful, new business apps for Lotus Notes and Domino."
Several hundred organizations globally have tested the new version of Lotus Notes during the past few months.
"Lotus Notes 8.5.1 is way more than 'just email.' It is an amazing piece of software. It helps facilitate a much more integrated work environment and allows our teams to share information wherever they are. During our recent response to H1N1 Influenza, we found having all of our collaboration tools integrated into one application enables our teams to work more effectively and cohesively. Lotus Notes 8.5.1 helps us work together in real time, enabling our employees to connect quicker and solve problems more effectively," said Tim Lorge, Software Architect, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
"We are excited about the release of Lotus Notes 8.5.1, which we're planning to roll out to help improve communications among corporate and retail personnel," said Dale Sinstead, Director, I.T., Pioneer Petroleums (www.pioneer.ca), Ontario's largest independent gasoline retailer, which was recently honored for conservation work.
"Prudential UK beta tested this new Lotus Notes and Traveler software; it was quick and easy to download and use on the iPhone," said Neil Davis, Messaging Specialist, Prudential U.K. (www.pru.co.uk), a life insurance and pensions provider with nearly seven million customers.
In addition, Lotus Notes Traveler software is also supported by numerous device manufacturers, including Nokia and Samsung. The software also works with carriers such as AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint.
No Charge Option for Domino Designer Software to Unleash Development of New Business Applications
Domino Designer enables Web developers, students, business analysts and other developers to quickly learn to build and extend existing applications for Notes and Domino. Beginning with version 8.5.1, the software development community can download IBM Lotus Domino Designer via IBM's developerWorks software Web site, www.ibm.com/developerWorks/downloads.
"Domino Designer 8.5.1 and tools like XPages will make it much simpler and faster for us to create Notes applications," said David Leedy, New Penn Motor Express. A popular Domino Web application development tool, XPages allows IT professionals to create Web 2.0 and a variety of user experiences within their existing applications.
IBM is changing the way it licenses Lotus Domino client software. Users will now be licensed for functional needs rather than client types, with two simple access licenses replacing what were formerly 11 software products.
Domino Designer can help Web developers, students, business analysts and others to quickly develop and use business or productivity applications. These applications can operate within Lotus Domino applications, a browser on a desktop or on a smartphone, as well as directly within the IBM Lotus Notes client. This allows employees to access business information obtained through Notes and Domino, without needing additional software. New developers can join with the existing Lotus application community through OpenNTF.org, an open source organization focused on Lotus Notes and Domino.
"Designer 8.5.1 assists developers in building ubiquitous Web, Notes and mobile access to Domino applications," said Bruce Elgort, Elguji Software. "The new XPages capability allowed me to quickly extend the IdeaJam application out to the Apple iPhone."
IBM Lotus Domino Designer software is based on the Eclipse platform to provide a productive experience for a wide range of business applications. Developers gain a readily-available skill set to support any application strategy. Developers new to Lotus Notes and Domino development can enjoy the familiar look and feel of the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
"The new Domino Designer brings many welcome changes that help us develop software at a more efficient pace," said Corey Davis, founder of IBM Business Partner Conxsys.
"I like that Domino is an open environment based on Eclipse. Offering IBM Designer software for free will help my company help people work better together," Kjetil Andenas, development executive, Symfoni Software, an IBM Business Partner.
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More than half of the largest global 100 corporations use IBM's flagship collaboration offerings, Lotus Notes and Domino. They include the top nine aerospace and defense organizations; the top nine automotive firms; the top eight banks; the top four makers of consumer products; the top seven electronics firms; the top eight insurance companies; the top seven pharmaceutical organizations; and the top nine telecommunications carriers.
IBM also offers hosting services for Lotus Notes Traveler through its Mobile Enterprise Services. For more information on other new Lotus offerings announced today, including new packaging and pricing for IBM Domino Designer 8.5.1, visit www.ibm.com/software/lotus/notesanddomino.
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