A month has passed since Lotusphere, and Network World has a feature-length assessment of the overall IBM Workplace story.  It includes fair assessment from analysts at META and Burton Group, and this nice bit about a Workplace customer success:

The platform was enough to attract San Francisco State University (SFSU), which signed a $2.3 million contract with IBM earlier this month to acquire Workplace Collaboration Services 2.5 and secure IBM consulting services to roll it out over the next three years.

The school plans to provide what amounts to an electronic classroom. Workplace will provide pre-populated calendars with a student's classes and assignments; provide access to a class management system and library search services; and let students submit work online.

"We really feel that IBM got it right with Workplace. Their vision is insightful," says Jonathan Rood, associate vice president for IT at SFSU. Rood says he is so convinced IBM is on to something that the university actually will first replace its mishmash of e-mail systems with Notes/Domino and then start another upgrade to roll out Workplace.
Microsoft takes their typical jab:
"We have been competing with IBM in this space for a long time, and now they are suggesting customers should use Workplace," says Dan Leach, group product manager for the Microsoft Office System. "We think the Workplace approach minimizes the value of the smart client that is already available with Office and masks the complexity of their server-dependent approach that includes costly contracts with IBM Global Services."
Anyone who saw my "Boss Loves Microsoft" session saw reference to this Bloor Research report which diffuses the arguement that IBM builds software to generate IGS service revenue.  With Workplace specifically, IBM is aggressively building a non-IGS business partner channel.  In fact, yesterday, IBM announced a huge Workplace Services Express roadshow for business partners, starting in North America. (If you are interested, register soon -- the hands-on technical portion of the WSE tour has limited enrollment).

Link: Network World: IBM expanding Workplace realm >  (via Jack Dausman)

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