Some links:
IBM Workplace Services Express product home page >
IBM Workplace Services Express Flash demo >

CNET coverage:

On Tuesday, IBM said that its Workplace Services Express offering, a package designed for quick installation at smaller organizations, will be available at the end of the month. The offering will include WebSphere Portal, along with collaboration applications, such as instant messaging and Web-based document sharing. Customers will be charged according to the number of servers or end users they have. Specific pricing will be announced later.
Also, at the end of the month, IBM will release 17 bundles of its Workplace software that address specific job functions, or "roles," within about 12 industries. The packages will include a number of portal applications, called portlets, as well as page layouts and prototype applications for different industries, company executives said.
Additionally, in a sign of its future Workplace plans, IBM on Tuesday added two hosted services offerings that let companies "rent" software and pay IBM based on usage. The company will offer Web-conferencing software through its hosted software operation, as well as Web content management software for smaller organizations
I am not sure whether it includes WebSphere Portal or rather was meant to say is built on WebSphere Portal technology.  Pricing and licensing specifics are still to be announced on WSE.
Link: CNET: IBM cranks up client software push >

CRN coverage:
A company executive also said the next general release, Workplace 2.5, due late this year or early 2005, will boast significant performance improvements and implement some of the features that make the Express version faster and easier to install.
Thus far, Workplace has been geared for larger enterprises. The rich Workplace client is supposed to plug into existing data and processes already residing in a given company's infrastructure. The look and feel is very customizable but existing versions have been dogged by complaints of sluggish performance unless the user has the very best and brightest hardware....
IBM Workplace Services Express 2.0 is actually the first Express implementation of Workplace and is due by the end of the month. It targets companies with 750 to 1,000 users and assumes a 10 percent concurrency rate, meaning that 75 to 100 users would be online at any one time, Bisconti said. Price will be less than $100 per user, but more details will be forthcoming closer to ship date, he said.
Link: CRN: IBM Plows Ahead With WorkPlace Offerings, Sows Seeds Of Channel Conflict >

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