IBM released pricing and packaging information today about IBM Lotus Connections.  The announcement indicates the planned electronic general availability date is June 29, 2007.  

IBM Lotus Connections V1.0 empowers users to share and refine innovative ideas and helps you execute tasks more quickly by using dynamic networks of coworkers, partners, and customers. Lotus Connections delivers the following essential components of social software that meet the security, scalability, and integration requirements of a growing business:

  * Profiles enable you to quickly find the people you need by searching across your organization using keywords that help identify expertise or current projects.
  * Communities allow you to create, find, join, and work with communities of people who share a common responsibility or area of expertise.
  * Blogs help you to present your ideas and receive feedback while learning from the experience of others.
  * Dogear allows you to save your bookmarks, either as private or shared, so you and others can quickly find information.
  * Activities component empowers you to organize your work, plan next steps, and easily tap your expanding professional network to help execute your everyday deliverables faster.
Some interesting things in the announcement:
  • The Connections 1.0 license includes the right to use WebSphere Application Server, DB2, Tivoli Directory Integrator for Connections -- these are not additional charge items.  In the case of DB2, it's optional -- Oracle10g is also supported.
  • There are three license types: Connections, Connections profiles, and Connections activities.  All are priced per-user.  Pricing isn't included in IBM channel announcements.
  • While Connections 1.0 is limited to Windows 2003 Server or RHEL, the announcement contains a "statement of direction" for AIX, SLES, and i5/OS to be available by the end of 2007.  Additional integration with Notes/Domino, Sametime, WebSphere Portal, and Microsoft Office are all also called out in the "statement of direction".
Link: IBM.com: IBM Lotus Connections V1.0 delivers social software for businesses  (or PDF) >

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