IBM’s Project Vulcan: The Next Generation of Lotus Notes and a Rival To Google Wave

On Monday, IBM introduced Project Vulcan at its Lotusphere event. Vulcan’s features–an aggregation of email, calendars, profiles, to do lists and social analytics—have analysts comparing it to Google Wave.

IBM says the project “is not a brand-new effort. It builds on the existing capabilities, and represents the future versions of, the IBM Lotus product portfolio–including Notes. One of its key themes is social analytics and business analytics combined and applied to industry-specific scenarios–making collaboration more focused and relevant.”

The company also says that Vulcan’s architecture “will simplify deployment and adoption of collaboration and productivity within your organization. Web services, xPages, HTML5, RESTful APIs, will all be tools in pushing Project Vulcan forward.”

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