Addressing the growing demand for business-focused collaboration, IBM is adding new tools and services, language support and pricing to its LotusLive cloud services, including integrated business products and services from UPS, Skype, salesforce.com and Silanis. IBM will also offer the first cloud service package combining social networking and email for business starting at $7.
This follows an announcement by IBM at Lotusphere in January that it was extending the core collaboration services of LotusLive to third-party applications and business processes. Previously available only through the LotusLive Design Partner program, IBM said it would make the application programming interfaces for LotusLive services available to any IBM business partner.
LotusLive delivers cloud-based, integrated email, web conferencing, social networking and collaboration services to simplify and improve daily business interactions with customers, partners and colleagues. LotusLive services are now available in Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish - adding to the previous availability of Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.
"In its first year, IBM LotusLive has won the trust of people from businesses of all sizes who want to work safely with people outside and inside their company," says Sean Poulley, IBM vice president for cloud collaboration. "Now IBM is weaving essential business services such as shipping, contract signing, internet calling and CRM into the very fabric of LotusLive allowing people to get their work done faster."
IBM is also offering a new bundle of secure, enterprise-grade cloud email and social networking for only $7 per user, per month. Combining the capabilities of LotusLive iNotes and LotusLive Connections, the bundle provides essential email, file store and share, activity management, instant messaging and social networking services to enable businesses to work with anyone from anywhere and is available now.
A no-cost, 30-day trial in any of the available languages can be obtained here.
For information on the IBM LotusLive Partner Program - including a no-cost, 365-day demo account for IBM business partners, go here.