BM Lotus Quickr 8 Expedites
Open, intuitive standards-based Web 2.0 tool eases users into a more collaborative
with comprehensive Lotus and Microsoft integration
Armonk, NY…June 19, 2007…IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announces the June 29th
availability of IBM Lotus® Quickr
an open standards-based team collaboration tool that helps teams inside
and outside the company firewall easily and effectively work together across
geographies, working styles and operating systems.
Lotus Quickr provides a rich set of team collaboration capabilities, including
blogs, wikis and team space templates supporting a variety of business
processes to get a collaboration project up and running quickly. Already
an enterprise-ready team collaboration offering supporting both Microsoft
and Lotus software environments, Lotus Quickr interoperability will be
further expanded with a connector to Microsoft Outlook software currently
expected to be released in a beta program for Lotus customers this summer.
Easy to use and install with an intuitive Web 2.0 interface,
Lotus Quickr software provides an easy way to share a wide range of business
documents and access libraries through plug-ins called "connectors".
These connectors let end users work in their familiar desktop applications
without impacting their work patterns - and access Lotus Quickr content
directly from IBM Lotus Notes, IBM Lotus Sametime, Microsoft Windows Explorer
and Microsoft Office software.
Through a beta testing program conducted since early 2007, IBM has taken
feedback from dozens of customers and partners to improve Lotus Quickr
8 to meet the needs of the connected workplace. The result is a clean and
user-friendly interface designed to ease users into a more collaborative
work style and increase visibility of materials and contributors.
"IBM has developed an extremely competitive content and collaboration
product with the ability to be extended and customized to meet specific
business and industry needs," said Daniel Lieber, president of Innovative
Ideas Unlimited, Inc. "The Lotus Quickr interface is clean, consistent,
and straight-forward. We found it to be very efficient for working with
collaborative content and accomplishing tasks in a personal, workgroup,
departmental, or enterprise environment.”
"Lotus Quickr integrates key Web 2.0 capabilities, such as blogs &
wikis that expand the type of collaboration possible, and it provides a
breadth of integration across everyday applications from Microsoft &
Lotus delivering ease of access to content," said Ken Bisconti, Lotus
vice president of messaging and collaboration software. "This flexible
tool bridges gaps in working styles and technical savvy -- appealing both
to workers embracing Web 2.0 internet content tools such as blogs and wikis
along with those who are more comfortable accessing content from the familiar
Microsoft Windows Explorer interface."
Key benefits of Lotus Quickr include:
- Web 2.0 features that enhance usability: IBM has incorporated
Lotus Quickr to deliver an intuitive, integrated and high performing graphical
Web-based user interface. This interface includes dynamic action menus
that can be accessed through a right click, and easy drag and drop features
to seamlessly move documents into team spaces. Lotus Quickr provides the
ability to publish and consume Atom-based news feeds, publish team blogs,
use the built-in wiki technology for creating content, and to assign tags
and permalinks to content. It is easily customizable and extensible without
requiring programming skills.
- Support for open standards, providing customer choice
of vendor: Customers are free to mix and match products as they desire.
Lotus Quickr integrates with Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007, Microsoft
Windows Explorer on Windows XP and Windows Vista, IBM Lotus Notes 7 and
8 (with planned support for Lotus Notes 6.5) and Lotus Sametime 7.5. Lotus
Quickr supports Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari browsers,
providing Web access from Windows, Linux, and Macintosh desktops. In addition,
IBM currently plans to release a beta version of a Lotus Quickr connector
for Microsoft Outlook this summer. IBM also currently plans to release
migration and coexistence tools that will allow users to access content
in existing Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange public folders via Lotus
Quickr's web 2.0-style collaborative user interface, or to migrate that
content out of Microsoft repositories into Lotus Quickr, where it can be
easily accessed and widely shared.
- Easy-to-use features that can be rolled out across enterprise:
Many past efforts to create project spaces have been either difficult to
use or were not enterprise-ready. Lotus Quickr makes it easy for any team
member to get up and running with easy instructions on how to get started,
a clean and simple user interface, tutorial style wizards that guide the
user. Lotus Quickr also features helpful pop-ups that remind the user when
they can opt to place a document inside a shared place rather than send
it as an attachment to others.
- User-driven enhancements that reduce information overload
and errors that come with sharing documents among team members through
email: When documents are sent from a single user to a group for feedback,
the process of tracking edits and changes over email can be inefficient
and prone to error. Lotus Quickr allows check in and check out of documents
to prevent simultaneous editing and versioning to track changes. In addition,
wiki technolology provides an in-place Web editing option with history
so a user can revert
back to an earlier version of a page. The wiki and library views support
posting comments about documents that are viewable in a pop-up screen by
rolling the mouse over a document.
- Business application templates that provide immediate
out-of-the-box value and support of common business processes: Lotus Quickr
includes business templates, such as a meeting place, project management,
image repository, dynamic surveys and more. All templates are customizable,
allowing users to easily change the look and feel and add pre-built components,
such as a team blog, a project calendar, or an announcement page.
- Future enhancements to Lotus Quickr include integration
with IBM's enterprise content management (ECM) systems. Customers will
be able to use Lotus Quickr to collaborate on content
and seamlessly leverage the world-class capabilities of IBM FileNet P8
and IBM DB2 Content Manager software
to manage that content.
Lotus Quickr Pricing and availability: Prices will be announced at the
time of availability on June
29. For more
information, visit: ibm.com/lotus/quickr
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