Lotus offers Discovery Server as stand-alone

Lotus offers Discovery Server as stand-alone

Lotus Software Group today announced it's offering Version 1.1 of the Discovery Server software as a stand-alone product.

The Discovery Server is a search engine for the enterprise that sorts documents, files and even users by user-created taxonomies. Documents and users are rated by their expertise or usefulness, based on past usage.

Lotus, an IBM subsidiary, previously sold the knowledge management tool in a bundle with the K-station portal. That tool will now be sold as part of the WebSphere package directly from IBM. While the K-station technology isn't integrated directly into WebSphere, plans are that it will be integrated sometime in the spring, according to Krista Hiltz Kahn, marketing manager for knowledge management products at Lotus.

The company said that by offering the Discovery Server as a separate product, it can sell the server at a lower price and provide companies with greater flexibility in developing their knowledge management products.

US pricing for the new stand-alone version of Discovery Server has been set at US$199 per user per year, which covers both subscription and support, Kahn said.The new software is available starting tomorrow.

Dave Newbold, development manager for Discovery Server, said a new feature with Version 1.1 is the ability to integrate Discovery Server functions into applications with a Java application programming interface.

"Developers can extend their applications by incorporating Lotus Discovery Server technology into an existing e-business application such as enterprise portals, ERP, CRM, SCM or procurement applications to enhance functionality and increase their return on investments," the announcement said.

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