Other Lotusphere news

Beta for the QuickPlace 2.0 electronic workspace will ship in February. Key features will include: “PlaceTypes” — enabling the creation of “reusable workspaces,” integration with Microsoft Office 2000, real-time chat integration and directory integration. “It’s a very important product for Lotus; it’s our entry into Microsoft customers,” said Ken Bisconti, senior director of worldwide product marketing.

The new Lotus Records Manager for Domino.Doc reportedly improves the ability to manage important records, basically allowing a user to “elevate the status of a document to that of a corporate record.” The product collects, organizes and protects them, based on business rules. Estimated retail price is US$159 per user.

In partnership with Tivoli Systems Inc. and RSA Security Inc., Lotus has announced “single sign-on” capabilities, available in the currently shipping RSA ACE/Agent for Lotus Domino R5, the RSA SecurID and the RSA ACE/Server products.

IBM and Lotus said they’ll integrate “core services” from Domino and the IBM WebSphere Application Server. Common technologies will reportedly allow for a more uniform program environment, servlets and BASIC development models, common HTTP stacks, a single sign-on and simplified administration.