IBM has moved its Lotus Notes groupware platform into the internet cloud with a service called LotusLive, designed to support collaboration between businesses.
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IBM said the product could help companies work smarter by making it easy for them to connect and work together, without spending time and money installing groupware infrastructure.
One of the first companies to sign up is Skype. Through the planned integration, users will be able to use Skype to start VoIP calls via the LotusLive collaborative services. Future possibilities include the ability to import Skype contact information into IBM cloud services to enhance online collaboration, Skype said.
Social networking site LinkedIn has also signed up, to enable users to search LinkedIn's public professional network and then collaborate with them using LotusLive services.
Software as a service CRM, Salesforce.com, will integrate with LotusLive, to support customer and opportunity management.
John de Giorgio CEO of Notes specialist Integra4Notes, is blogging from Lotusphere this week.