Lotus Forms 3.5 gets upgraded to 4.0, and becomes…

IBM Forms!

IBM Forms 4.0 provides a compelling interactive user interface and lower total cost of ownership for automating forms-based processes

IBM Forms 4.0 helps line of business as well as IT users to automate forms-based processes. It is designed to help deliver the following benefits:

  • Compelling, interactive user experience through new modern look and feel and Web 2.0 user interface
  • Reduced time to value and total cost of ownership
    • Lower development cost through reusable forms components
    • Improved integration with existing infrastructure through improved web service interaction
    • Improved performance and scalability through 64-bit support in server
  • Higher productivity through anytime, anywhere access on tablets like iPad

The change of name is not a massive deal, as IBM seems to regularly move products between brands, and occasionally back to the mother ship of just being IBM-branded – the dreaded Workplace line of products flip-flopped several times.  Also, to be honest, Forms isn’t a ‘collaborative product’ per se, it fits more elegantly within the transactional line of IBM web solutions – WebSphere etc.  Therefore, it makes sense to move it out of the Lotus portfolio.

More interestingly, I do like the way IBM is beginning to very publicly provide support for mobile computing – here adding iPad support to Forms.  Clearly they get how important this aspect is going to be in the next 3-5 years.

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!