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Lotus products work together so you can too

Lotus products work together so you can too

The Lotus* portfolio just keeps getting better. The IBM Lotusphere* conference earlier this year focused on the future of Lotus products, IBM Project Vulcan, and the many features added to the latest Lotus releases. These enhancements are saving operating costs for the companies taking advantage of them. See “Domino’s Economic Impact” (page 48) for more details. For those who couldn’t attend Lotusphere, let me run down what you missed so you can take advantage of the efficiency-boosting, money-saving enhancements—now and in the future.

IBM Project Vulcan

The team behind Lotus products is committed to connecting people via various modes, regardless of location, device or service provider. We live in an interconnected world (see “By the Numbers,” page 46) that requires quick collaboration. Money and productivity are lost when people lack the right information or can’t communicate with the right people quickly and easily enough to make decisions and resolve problems. The solution is Project Vulcan. Announced at Lotusphere’s opening session, Project Vulcan isn’t a release but rather a concept that will guide all future Lotus releases. It can empower your employees to do their jobs better by putting the data they need at their fingertips so they can make better decisions and execute quickly. Project Vulcan focuses on four areas:

  1. Continuity
  2. Convergence
  3. Innovation
  4. New opportunity

Project Vulcan builds on the existing Lotus portfolio, providing continuity. There’s no rip and replace with Project Vulcan. You’ll see a seamless interface between the project sets, letting employees work in one environment—accessing and capitalizing on the Lotus products as needed—within one user interface. Project Vulcan extends the products customers have now and embraces the open programming model already established. This will provide solutions that are easy to use and deploy.

For deployment, customers can choose an on-site implementation as most have today, software as a service or a hybrid approach. Project Vulcan’s loosely coupled architecture makes this flexibility possible.

Users will interact with Project Vulcan in a consistent interface regardless of whether the connection is through a Lotus Notes client, a Web browser or a mobile device. Project Vulcan will employ social analytics to determine what information is applicable to each person within the organization. A new home page will aggregate information from a variety of sources using social and business analytics to pull together all of your enterprise information from collaborative applications, existing business applications, and feeds from external sources such as news sites and social media like Twitter.

Kim Greene is the owner of Kim Greene Consulting Inc. and an IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems—IBM i edition technical editor. Kim can be reached at kim@kimgreene.com.

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