Challenging Google in the cloud computing market for messaging and collaboration software, IBM landed Panasonic as a customer for its LotusLive SAAS programs. More than 150,000 workers at the Japanese electronics maker will use IBM’s hosted e-mail, social networking Web conferencing, file sharing, instant messaging and project management applications. The company unseated Microsoft’s Exchange e-mail server and a number of other collaboration solutions, including IBM’s original on-premise Lotus Notes and Domino server. The news comes days before IBM kicks of Lotusphere in Orlando, Fla.
IBM has landed a major customer for its cloud computing initiative in Panasonic Corporation, with 150,000 employees of the Japanese electronics maker using IBM’s LotusLive hosted, Web-based collaboration software.
When fully deployed this year, it could be the largest SAAS (software as a service) implementation ever. Panasonic employees will use LotusLive applications for e-mail, Web conferencing, file sharing, instant messaging and project management, all of which are hosted on servers in IBM’s data centers.
Financial terms of the deal, which IBM closed in November, were not disclosed. However, the sheer number of employees using LotusLive puts the contract in the millions of dollars, Sean Poulley, vice president of online collaboration for Lotus Software, told eWeek ahead of the company’s annual Lotusphere event, beginning Jan. 17 in Orlando, Fla.
Yet IBM didn’t poach Panasonic from Google. Instead, the company unseated Microsoft’s Exchange e-mail server and a number of other collaboration solutions, including IBM’s original on-premise Lotus Notes and Domino server, Poulley confirmed.
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