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IBM's Director of Strategy comes clean on OpenXML - IBM *WILL* support OpenXML in its Lotus and Portal products

Well well well, a few days ago I wondered out loud whether IBM was planning to make an announement about OpenXML support in Lotus products at its Lotusphere event.

It seems IBM have indeed done just that! Martin LaMonica has a story over on News.com that carries the news: "IBM to take Lotus Symphony apps 'Beyond Office'"

This made me laugh out loud ...

Rather than compete head-to-head with Microsoft Office, IBM's strategy is to make documents act like "containers" for information within workflow and collaboration applications, according to IBM executives.

Exactly what do they think customers have been doing with Office for the last decade Big Smile I've blogged before that these guys are stuck in the past but come on. Anyway, Symphony isn't about the Office space, it's now a platform play!

"We don't have any intention of trying to monetize the Office space," said Doug Heintzman, director of strategy for IBM collaboration technologies. "Symphony is a platform play."

Well, if that's IBM's plan they're going to need more than ODF, that's for sure - and that brings us to the announcement I've been wondering about:

IBM favors ODF as a file format because it is "truly open" and technically elegant, Heintzman said.

But IBM will support Open XML, which is the current document format in Office 2007, in its Lotus collaboration and portal products. IBM already supports older versions of Office.

I feel a Pamela Jones moment coming on .... there it is, as plain as day for the world to see, Doug Heintzman breaks through all IBM's doublespeak and hypocrisy and admits it.

I don't know about "Beyond Office" as a plan, I think the real game here is "Beyond ODF"

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Yoon-Kit Yong said:

Wont it be great if the Director of Strategy for Microsoft comes out and says: "Microsoft WILL support ODF in its Office and Sharepoint products".

So although you see the short term gain in your desperate attempt to fish out products which support OOXML, you fail to see the harm you are bringing to your employers by pointing out how other companies support competitors products, while your employers refuse to do.

Keep it up!

yk.

# January 25, 2008 2:09 AM

Oliver said:

I'll go out on a limb and suggest that there would need to be some evidence of customer demand before that would happen.

This interview with Alexander Falk of Altova is pretty representitive of most the conversations I end up in today... of course this is just me, and I could be talking to all the wrong people.

reddevnews.com/.../weblog.aspx

# January 25, 2008 9:54 AM

ZenIT Blog said:

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# January 25, 2008 3:41 PM

Gray Matter said:

Stephen McGibbon pointed me toward an interesting development for the IBM products announced at Lotusphere:

# January 25, 2008 4:22 PM

Doug Mahugh said:

TechDays 2008. TechDays 2008 is coming soon to Ghent, and Gill Cleeren has the details. I enjoyed presenting

# January 25, 2008 5:48 PM

Noticias externas said:

TechDays 2008. TechDays 2008 is coming soon to Ghent, and Gill Cleeren has the details. I enjoyed presenting

# January 25, 2008 6:09 PM

Brian Jones: Open XML Formats said:

We had all the noise last week about IBM supporting Open XML in a number of their products. Today I learned

# January 30, 2008 9:02 PM

Noticias externas said:

We had all the noise last week about IBM supporting Open XML in a number of their products. Today I learned

# January 30, 2008 10:03 PM