Partners add fuel to Lotus technologies

Alongside IBM Lotus Software's forward looking Workplace collaboration road map that is unfolding in Orlando, several Lotus partners rolled out offerings that extend and strengthen IBM's new and existing offerings.

iAnywhere Solutions, a subsidiary of Sybase, at the Lotusphere show unwrapped the latest version of its Pylon Anywhere product, which is designed to extend e-mail and personal information to mobile devices. The new version of Pylon features expanded platform support, new push synchronization technology, and bolstered security.

The new push technology eliminates the need for user-initiated synchronization by allowing the server to automatically send e-mail and calendar information to mobile users based on the arrival of new e-mail or other scheduled intervals, according to Martyn Mallick, senior product manager at iAnywhere.

New security features include FIPS 140-2 certified encryption between mobile devices and the enterprise; expanded platform support includes Lotus Domino 6 and 6.5, Microsoft Exchange 2003 and Windows Mobile 2003.

XpertUniverse at the show announced XpertShare 2.0. The product is designed to link experts within the company with others that need help in real time.

XpertShare combines its proprietary technology with IBM's Sametime instant messaging and presence awareness system. The offering enables people, rather than data sets, to designate experts within the organization and link a company expert in real-time to others within the organization seeking answers. The collaborative tools used include whiteboarding, chat, and application sharing, according to Abraham Zelkin, vice president and CTO at XpertUniverse.

"Only a small amount of organizational knowledge is documented. Most of it is in people's minds," he said. "Our platform lets knowledge seekers enter information into our match and route engine, helping the engine find the best available expert."

The system can also capture the resulting knowledge and feed it back into the organization, Zelkin said.

Also on hand at Lotusphere, PureEdge Solutions infused its XML-based e-forms technology with IBM's Lotus Workplace and WebSphere Portal offerings.

PureEdge's document-centric, XML-based architecture is designed to let organizations manage the entire lifecycle of each business process, including creation, routing, management, and archiving. PureEdge e-forms technology lets users digitally sign documents, use ad-hoc and structured routing, move data in and out of corporate systems, and store process elements in a secure file.

By integrating PureEdge's secure XML e-forms with Lotus' collaboration and portal technologies allows users to streamline business processes by using XML for data integration and exchange, according to PureEdge officials.

Relavis, meanwhile, demonstrated its collaborative Customer Relationship Management offering for Lotus Notes and Domino 6.5. Relavis tapped the latest developments in Notes 6.5, such as IM and presence awareness, enhanced reporting, bolstered Web and browser integration, and the ability to query data from any wireless device.

In addition, Relavis unwrapped a CRM suite for IBM's WebSphere Portal 5 and Lotus Workplace. Dubbed Relavis WorkSpace, the offering adds the ability to do quick searches of information in views, a new interactive, text-based interface, increased integration with Exchange and Outlook, and improvements in online reporting and charting, said Relavis officials.

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