Lotusphere: IBM and SAP float Atlantic

IBM and SAP are co-developing a software product to integrate IBM's Lotus Notes collaboration and office productivity software with SAP's Business Suite.

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IBM and SAP are co-developing a software product to integrate IBM's Lotus Notes collaboration and office productivity software with SAP's Business Suite.

The Atlantic project represents a further deepening of the relationship between IBM and SAP, the companies said.

The first release of Atlantic is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of this year, and will feature support for SAP workflows, reporting and analytics. It will also include the ability to use roles from within the Lotus Notes client, and tools for expanding these core capabilities, IBM said in a statement.

Michael Rhodin, general manager, IBM Lotus Software said, "Businesses are looking to find better ways to collaborate and manage their business processes. This IBM-SAP solution addresses both challenges in one seamless package for millions of users."

The initiative was welcomed by Jean Michel-Ares, CIO of Coca-Cola, who said, "Our IT goal is to help our people to be more responsive, productive and effective, and SAP and IBM Lotus have helped us get closer to that goal. The partnership between IBM Lotus, SAP and The Coca-Cola Company promises to deliver additional value to our associates and improve the tools they use every day."

 
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