Now this looks just what we need over here in the UK… Lotus Foundations – a range of Lotus products just for SMBs:
IBM Unveils Plans for Collaboration Software and Services for Small-and-Medium Sized Businesses
ORLANDO, FL – 21 Jan 2008: LOTUSPHERE — At Lotusphere, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced plans for a software portfolio expansion geared to the needs of millions of companies from 5 to 500 employees that want to focus on growing their businesses instead of running their office systems.
IBM Lotus Foundations is a future line of small business software servers, installed on-premise, and is expected to be offered primarily through IBM Business Partners. In addition, IBM announced a managed beta of a Web-delivered service codenamed “Bluehouse.” “Bluehouse” provides extranet services that make it easy for small-and-medium sized companies to securely collaborate beyond their organizational boundaries.
The combination of Lotus Foundations and “Bluehouse” will provide essential software solutions in simple to acquire and manage packages. Small-and-medium sized businesses (SMBs) need superior collaboration and business solutions as much as large companies. With Lotus Foundations and Bluehouse, used separately or in combination, organizations will be able to take advantage of proven enterprise-strength software delivered as a turn-key package for start-up businesses without IT staff.
“Small-and-medium sized business represents a significant growth opportunity for IBM,” said Mike Rhodin, general manager, IBM Lotus Software. “Our SMB approach — which combines easy-to-deploy, self-managed on premise servers with Web-delivered, extranet collaboration services — uniquely empowers SMBs to succeed in any market.”
Nice one Lotus…