Lotus courts ISVs
IBM's Lotus Software division is offering a 50 per cent discount to independent software vendors on a specialised 50-seat CEO Business Collaboration Pack. The offer, which is available until June 30, is aimed at helping ISVs deploy Lotus solutions and is an extension of a wider Asia-Pacific program. To be eligible, developers must be registered in IBM's Partner World or with one of the vendor's distributors as an ISV. The first five respondents before April 30 will receive an exhibition stand at the IBM SWG Universe event held in Sydney from July 1-3.
Defence gets workflow
The Department of Defence has signed a three-year agreement for a Web content and workflow management enterprise solution, for an undisclosed sum, believed to be worth millions of dollars. The Defence Department's CIO, Patrick Hannan, said the agreement was the result of a collaboration between the department and content management specialist HarvestRoad to develop a Web content management solution suited to organisations of the scale and diversity of the department. Initially, the Defence Department will use the HarvestRoad Hive product to establish a number of intranets, including its chief executive instructions.
IBM extends WebSphere to mobile devices
Expanding the availability of its business applications beyond the desktop, IBM has announced WebSphere Everyplace Access. The software allows companies to add handheld computers, mobile phones and other mobile devices to the list of clients that can access applications, all under a single IT architecture. WebSphere Everyplace Access extends the use of applications from IBM, such as WebSphere Application Server and the DB2 database, as well as software from IBM subsidiaries Tivoli and Lotus. Application developers can use Everyplace Tools to expand existing applications and to build new applications, IBM said.