This lotus helps employee collaboration bloom. Lotus Development, an IBM subsidiary that does business as Lotus Software, develops business applications that help people collaborate across corporate networks. Its main offering is the communication and collaboration platform Lotus Notes. Other products include messaging and scheduling applications (Domino), collaboration management (LotusLive), and corporate social networking software (Connections). The company also offers consulting, support, and training. Lotus products are marketed through IBM's vast sales organization and via an extensive collection of global partners and distributors. Clients have included leading Israeli bank Bank Hapoalim and Bayer.
Lotus's operations have largely been merged into IBM's software group, and Notes and Domino are at the center of IBM's Workplace platform. Workplace, which integrates IBM's WebSphere Portal and Lotus productivity applications, utilizes centrally controlled servers to deliver documents and applications to client devices via a Web interface.
In 2010 Lotus rolled out new versions of products and consulting services in response to the demand for social networking tools. Its Connections application enables businesses to develop internal communities, blogs, and online activities designed to increase collaboration. Similarly, its Quickr collaboration tool is used to manage content libraries, discussion forums, wikis, and other functions and data.
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