Chris Pepin: Lotus Symphony at IBM

Chris is an Executive Information Technology Architect for the IBM Office of the CIO.   In that role, Chris has responsibility for IBM’s internal end user services strategy encompassing both hardware (e.g. laptops) and software (e.g. Lotus Software, Web 2.0, etc.).  An important job indeed!

In a recent post, Chris details how IBM is rolling out Lotus Symphony amongst its users:

Microsoft Office is the industry’s leading productivity suite and has close to 85% marketshare.  The downside?  It’s expensive – especially for a company as large as IBM that continues to grow.  At last count, IBM had 370,000 employees.   Money spent on Microsoft Office licenses increases IBM’s overall expenses.     Launched last year, Lotus Symphony beta offers

productivity tools that are intuitive and easy to use and provided at no charge. Lotus Symphony puts you in charge – take control over spiraling upgrade costs, ensure access to documents well into the future with new standard file formats (ODF), get more from your current investments with support for Microsoft

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!