IBM to offer hosted Notes

NEW YORK'IBM will soon offer Lotus Notes as a hosted service, according to Bob Picciano, who is the IBM general manager of Lotus Software and the WebSphere Portal. Picciano spoke at the Interop conference, being held in New York this week.

The hosted offering will be targeted for organizations with 1,000 to 10,000 employees, and will offer, in addition to the basic Lotus e-mail and calendaring, additional collaboration tools.

Picciano demonstrated how a user could share a spreadsheet across organizational firewalls, in which an outside user is given access to the spreadsheet with a password set by the owner of that document. IBM expects that the cost of this service will run $8 to $18 per employee per month.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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