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IBM Lotus Expeditor Software Offers a Personalized User Experience Anytime, Anywhere

Built on Eclipse-Based Software, New Programming Framework Gives Developers an Expanded Marketplace

IBM has announced Lotus Expeditor, a development platform for creating Eclipse-based and Web 2.0 applications. Lotus Expeditor's open standards-based programming model enables enterprises to integrate existing and new applications and deliver them to a variety of connected and disconnected devices.

Lotus Expeditor provides the underlying programming model for a universal, end user experience across all the Lotus product portfolio including Lotus Sametime 7.5, Websphere Portal 6.0, and the upcoming release of Lotus Notes, code-named Hanover.

Software applications that do not have a common language or structure make sharing data and information difficult, if not impossible. Lotus Expeditor helps enterprises address these constraints by giving developers the ability to create a personalized user experience that spans across desktop platforms and devices providing access to critical business applications and data anytime, anywhere.

For example with Lotus Expeditor users can create composite applications combining existing and new software assets within a service oriented architecture (SOA), add extensions to existing databases that allow mobile workers to access key financial or sales information from any mobile device, or augment existing applications using Eclipse or Web 2.0 technology to create a Voice-Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) plug-in for an instant messaging environment.

New features in Lotus Expeditor:

Developer Toolkit: An enhanced toolkit, which installs as an Eclipse feature, providing wizards for portal and web services-based applications and templates that developers can use to speed up the creation of a new class of off-line applications.

Composite applications: Facilitates the creation of composite applications and mashups into integrated views and processes across different application types. These applications are delivered in many ways but within a single user interface accessed via a web browser, a rich client or a Text terminal. For example, Lotus Expeditor helps a bank teller more efficiently fulfill a customer request by providing an integrated view comprising multiple customer-care applications.

Mobile device support: Enables use of applications on mobile devices, such as PDAs and Smartphones. Unlike .Net and Visual Basic applications, Lotus Expeditor can centrally manage and distribute applications with pre- defined user access levels based on an employee role or function. Without the appropriate security access, users are locked from viewing or updating sensitive or confidential data.

"An open alternative to Microsoft .NET client software, Lotus Expeditor provides the flexibility that comes from service oriented architecture (SOA) and open standards-based software, giving all users a universal client experience and allowing WebSphere Portal, Lotus Forms and Lotus Sametime users to extend their current applications world beyond the desktop," said Ken Bisconti, IBM Vice President of Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Products.

Complementing Lotus Expeditor is Lotus Mobile Connect, software that extends the use of Expeditor-based solutions by adding secure network roaming for a wide variety of mobile and wireless devices. This product helps users become more productive through mobile access to IBM Workplace Forms, IBM WebSphere Portal via laptops, tablets or desktops, and other applications, allowing users to seamlessly continue with their applications when they are reconnected. As an example, Lotus Mobile Connect allows users to continue working with Sametime Instant Messenger where they last left off without needing to log in again, even when networks are sporadic.

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