Cloud Application: LotusLive
If you had written off IBM's Lotus group for dead, you'd have been very, very wrong. Not only is IBM's Cambridge, Mass.-based software operation as feisty as ever, its adoption of the hosted model for its core products is actually giving it a major technical edge. Case in point: LotusLive. The CRN Test Center looked at, and liked, LotusLive Engage and LotusLive iNotes -- two hosted applications that bring collaboration and messaging to IBM's cloud in a significant and aggressive way. While rivals including Microsoft have made no bones about the fact that they will be players in the cloud space with its messaging, e-mail and collaboration, Lotus is there in a business-ready way right now. As enterprises begin what could be a long, measured transition from on-premise IT, to a hybrid model, to cloud computing, the full suite of LotusLive products gives the channel a way to get started right this minute.