In a reflection of the tough times that customers face IBMhas unveiled low cost packages and highlighted its free software offerings atLotusphere.
The event has already been a platform to unveil Alloy, the firstproduct produced from a tie-up between Lotus and SAP, and a greater push intothe cloud by has now also included product launches pitched specifically at theSME end of the market.
Lotus Foundations is a suite of products that targets the5-500 sized companies that are looking for ways to collaborate applicationsincluding email and file sharing.
In addition IBM is also continuing to push its free LotusSymphony package, which it revealed had passed the global 3m download mark.
Aimed asan alternative to Microsoft Office the expectation is clearly that more userswill adopt the free word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.