IBM Launches LotusLive Labs; Opens Up Collaboration Platform’s API To Partners

Good to see some of the LotusLive news hitting the Tech News outlets:

At IBM’s annual conference, Lotusphere, Big Blue has announced innovations to its cloud-based collaboration platform, LotusLive. LotusLive provides enterprise users with online email, web conferencing, social network and collaboration applications within the cloud.

To spur innovation around the platform, IBM is officially launching LotusLive Labs, an R&D pipeline that combines the resources of IBM Research with Lotus. The venture is kicking off with a suite of new LotusLive technologies at the conference including Slide Library, a collaborative way to build and share presentations; Collaborative Recorded Meetings, a service that records and instantly transcribes meeting presentations and audio/video for searching and tagging; Event Maps, an way to visualize and interact with conference schedules; and Composer, the ability to create LotusLive mashups through the combination of the platform’s services. Project Concord will also debut as a web-based document editor for creating and sharing documents, presentations and spreadsheets. And IBM will be adding LotusLive support for the iPhone via Labs.

Big Blue is also opening up LotusLive’s API to third-party developers (who have to be an IBM business partner). Previously, the platform’s API was only available through a specific program but now all IBM partners can build upon the collaboration suite technology. For example, Salesforce.com will offer an integration ot its CRM application with LotusLive and Skype will also offer the ability to integrate with LotusLive contacts.

Link: TechCrunch – IBM Launches LotusLive Labs; Opens Up Collaboration Platform’s API To Partners

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!