Lotus “Live”

So is this the start of Lotus “Live“?  There were many who wondered when IBM would reach into the collaboration software as a service market.  It appears they have with a new offering “Applications on Demand (TM) Lotus Notes and Domino”.  Catchy title though, that must have taken a few committees and excluded all the marketing folks 🙂 

 Is this a response to an emerging new market driven by the consumer focussed Google product which will drive enterprise custom from consumer use and experience?  Is it a recognition that many companies don’t want the pain of managing infrastructure and would prefer software as a service models?  I can’t see it being a reaction to Microsoft Live services as they have a much more mature offering.  Whichever it is its good to see, and we’ll watch with interest as this develops.  (Via Ed Brill)

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