Another successful Lotusphere concluded this past week, with small business solutions receiving the bulk of the attention. Lotusphere is IBM’s annual conference that focuses on the Lotus family of products, including Domino, Sametime, and Notes, and is always a high energy event.
Last year, IBM used the Lotusphere conference to announce Lotus Foundations, an email and collaboration appliance for entry level businesses. Over the course of the past year, IBM announced other products and services—most notably Smart Business—to serve all levels of small and medium businesses, from the entry level start up to the 1,000 employee midmarket company.
This year’s Lotusphere was a coming out party of sorts for all of those products. The Smart Business team provided several opportunities for customers and partners to see what we’ve got. During the Business Development Day, which is focused on partners, we provided a demo of both Smart Business and Lotus Foundations. Throughout the week, the Smart Business team provided live demos at our Expo pedestal. And the week concluded with a well attended Smart Business session.
In addition to introducing many attendees to the Smart Market, the Smart Business team also provided demos and tutorials for ISV partners on using the Integration Framework to package an application for Smart Business. Attendees were consistently impressed with how easy it is, particularly for Domino applications, to integrate to the framework. Customers liked the simplicity of the Smart Cube and the level of support provided by the Smart Desk.
With the level of interest in SMB applications, Lotusphere will no doubt continue to be a premier event for highlighting Smart Business and its partner solutions.