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Network World - IBM next week will spend less time at its annual Lotusphere conference introducing new products and more time upgrading and aligning the pieces of its current software portfolio with real-time communications, collaboration, social networking and composite applications.
The company's annual Lotusphere show in Orlando (Jan. 21-24), which has been attracting more and more attendees over the past few years after several smaller editions, will focus on educating users on 2007's glut of new products.
The intent is to show users how Notes/Domino, especially the 8.0 version released in August, and Sametime 8.0 (shipped in December) integrate with software and Web 2.0 tools IBM pumped out in 2007 including, Lotus Quickr (file sharing/team spaces), Lotus Connections (social networking) and Lotus Symphony (text editor/spreadsheet/graphics).
In addition, IBM plans to upgrade and plug holes in its development tools lineup, including introduction of a version of Domino Designer based on Eclipse, and new tools to ease Web application development and a series of simple tools based on platforms such as portal to aid users in stitching together pre-built software components.
And IBM plans to introduce APIs that will let developers more easily integrate Lotus Symphony productivity applications into the rest of the Lotus software portfolio much the same way Microsoft has tied Office to its communications and collaboration platform.