Lotusphere 2004: New products, updates expected

Lotus Notes and Domino users and administrators are slated to get the latest product road map and hear about upcoming features in the collaboration products at the annual Lotusphere user conference in Orlando, Fla., that gets under way Monday.

The four-day Lotusphere 2004 show opens with a morning general session in the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Last year, Lotus Development Corp. introduced its Lotus Workplace vision, with deeper, standards-based collaboration capabilities designed to tie together workers in different locations. This year, the conference will debut the latest parts of the Lotus framework and road map.

One component slated to be previewed is a new Lotus Workplace client that will help fill a gap between existing browser-based and full fat-client versions of the software. Customers have been asking IBM Corp. for a Workplace client with wider features than those already available in the slimmed-down browser-based version, without the overhead and complexity of the fat-client version, which weighs in at more than 40MB.

The preview of the new product, which hasn’t yet been named, is expected to show customers how they can get the best of both worlds.

Professional training sessions are also scheduled, according to information online, including sessions on IBM WebSphere, DB2 and Tivoli products.

Lotusphere is also expected to draw more than 150 vendors to exhibit their Notes- and Domino-related products and add-ons.

Among the scheduled exhibitors are Notes antispam vendors CipherTrust Inc., Group Technologies, Brightmail Inc., MessageLabs Inc. and Postini Inc., as well as e-mail and messaging security vendors, including IMlogic Inc. and FrontBridge Technologies Inc.

Hardware vendors at the show will include IBM, Sun Microsystems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Cisco Systems Inc.

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