This one’s a bit odd, given the announcement letter was already available, and Lotus Connections doesn’t ship until 29th June.
BOSTON, MA 19 Jun 2007: At Enterprise 2.0, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the availability of the industry’s first integrated social software offering for business — IBM Lotus Connections.
Featuring a suite of five Web 2.0-based components — activities, communities, Dogear (bookmarking), profiles and blogs — Lotus Connections helps people quickly connect and build new relationships based on business needs. With Lotus Connections, users can easily find subject matter experts in profiles, create and join like-minded communities, and exchange ideas and resources through blogging and shared bookmarks.
Lotus Connections helps unlock one of an organization’s most valuable assets — the knowledge within its employee base — by uncovering hidden pockets of expertise and making them easily accessible. By making it faster and easier to find topic experts, bring together diverse teams around a common point of interest, and access information previously qualified by others, Lotus Connections helps organizations save time and avoid redundancy.
Lotus Connections is available for purchase at a list price of $110 per user for full Lotus Connections capabilities and $55 per user for the profiles or activities component. Customers have several flexible purchasing options and can obtain Lotus Connections through an IBM sales person, an authorized IBM reseller or online at www.ibm.com.