The Emerging ODF Environment, Part V: Spotlight on IBM Workplace

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Sep 5, 2006 11:25 AM EDT
ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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When IBM's "Hannover" release of Lotus Notes ships next spring, users of Open Document Format (ODF) compliant tools will increase by more than two orders of magnitude. In this fifth in-depth profile of ODF-compliant products, IBM's Ken Bisconti, VP Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software tells how using ODF in IBM's Workplace (and Lotus Notes) will help give "knowledge workers access to a roles-based environment where information, business process, workflow, and collaboration with fellow workers are all done β€œin context.”

IBM is placing a big bet that Workplace will provide the tools and services to fulfill a vision that Forrester, Gartner and IDC all believe is the future of IT - a future that is task-based rather than application based, and that is heavily reliant on open standards. Workplace Managed Client V2.6 already includes editors that support ODF, and when Hannover ships, 125 million users will begin to use those same editors to create billions of ODF compliant messages and documents.

As with the previous interview/profiles in this series, with KOffice, OpenOffice, StarOffice and SoftMaker Office, this interview demonstrates the rich and diverse environment of tools and applications that are evolving around the ODF standard.

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