IBM retires the Lotus (and other) Brand - official from #UKLUG
Tags :IBM DB2 Tivoli Sametime Connections
During the keynote today from Ted Stanton (his bio from UKLUG):
Ted Stanton is a World Wide Executive Consultant for IBM's Software Solutions Group. Ted is committed to maintaining high customer satisfaction while helping customers align software solutions with their strategic business goals. Ted’s strong technical background includes over twenty IBM product certifications allowing him to proactively work across technical teams and line of business to build solutions and articulate the business value, ROI, and transformation required for success
He confirmed that over the next two years that IBM will be retiring many of it's brand names by the end of 2012. Products (think Sametime, Connections and more) will not be going away at all. Brands like Lotus, Websphere, Tivoli and DB2 will be folded in.
We have already seen this with IBM Connections and now IBM Sametime just last week. Many were questioning and looking for a statement from IBM. I think we have some answers they were looking for. This is an overhaul of direction and branding to make IBM seen more as a single package, instead of multiple requirements. For example installing Lotus Sametime was including Websphere Application Server, DB2 Enterprise and possible Tivoli Directory Integrator. With the change you will install IBM Sametime that includes an IBM Application Server, IBM Data Enterprise server and IBM Directory Integrator.
Earlier this year I wrote and article for another online publication which I will post in later today in a follow up article.