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April 6, 2009

Continental selects IBM’s Lotus software

Lotus Quickr and Lotus Sametime to further expand on-line and real time collaboration

By CBR Staff Writer

German auto parts manufacturer Continental has selected IBM’s Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino software as its common messaging platform.

Continental has also decided to deploy IBM Lotus Quickr and Sametime software as their collaboration and unified communications platform.

Continental is also planning to expand its use of Lotus Quickr and Lotus Sametime unified communications and collaboration software. Lotus Quickr is expected to become the company’s new default platform for team and project collaboration.

According to IBM, Lotus Quickr was chosen primarily because it provided a simpler, more direct integration with Lotus Notes, access to directories and calendars, integration with Lotus Sametime, which Continental uses for conferencing and instant messaging, plus lower infrastructure and licensing costs.

Continental intends to use Lotus Quickr and Lotus Sametime to further expand on-line and real time collaboration within the company, as well as to employ new Enterprise 2.0 functions such as tagging and alerting.

Bernhard Thomas, head of IT infrastructure strategy at Continental, said: Our strategy is focused on minimizing software interdependencies and, likewise, taking control over license related costs. We didn’t see major differences between Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook with regard to client functionality, but the IBM software was more open and flexible and it also had lower infrastructure costs.

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