Lotus, Compaq Spawn Knowledge M'ment Packs

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Lotus Development Corp. and Houston-based Compaq Computer Corp. earlier this week expanded on their previously announced knowledge management partnership, releasing two more software/hardware bundles aimed at helping businesses access internal information and use it more effectively.

Compaq and Lotus rolled out Knowledger.Innovation, which bundles technology from Knowledge Associates with Lotus Notes and Compaq hardware and tracks how changes made at a company will impact its bottom line.

The companies are also releasing Prevail Knowledge Center, software that encourages best practices among sales teams by delivering all customer and sales data to staffers "on a just-in-time basis," officials said.

Pricing for Knowledger.Innovation begins at US$60,000 for a pilot site license. The Prevail Knowledge Center is priced according to the size of a company's sales or marketing department.

The Lotus-Compaq team previously released two applications that will run on Lotus Domino and Domino.Doc and Compaq Windows NT-based platforms. Those are KnowledgeWorks, a competitive intelligence product from Cipher Systems Inc. that is built on a Domino server; and Research Accelerator from GlobalServe Inc., which targets the research and development units within a business.

IBM's Lotus subsidiary last year announced its focus on knowledge management and defined it as technology that helps companies collect information and leverage the data to create value, productivity and competency for an organization.

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