|Washington, DC, October 30, 2000 -- Lotus Development Corp. today announced that the German Federal Armed Forces have purchased an additional 47,000 licenses for use of Lotus Notes clients and Domino servers by the Federal Office for Military Engineering and Procurement in Koblenz for its messaging, collaboration and intranet services. The expanded license agreement, under which 107,000 German defense users of Notes will be operational by 2003, makes the German Federal Armed Forces the largest Lotus Notes and Domino enterprise user in Germany.|
Under terms of the agreement, the German Federal Armed Forces will deploy almost 90 percent of its messaging infrastructure and most of its intranet on Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino. The German Armed Forces also plan to develop further document-based applications for Distance Learning, Unified Messaging and SAP R/3 integration on additional Lotus products, including Domino.Doc, LearningSpace, Sametime and QuickPlace.
The Federal Armed Forces of Germany are planning these applications to address the extensive structural changes and special requirements that are in process for the coming years, including extensive reorganization, increased mobile use and meeting growing international obligations, said Hans-Peter Bauer, Managing Director for Central Europe of Lotus Development and Managing Director of Lotus Development GmbH in Ismaning, Germany.
"We have acknowledged the enormous demand for our market-leading groupware, messaging and Web application platform by setting up a special account division, which provides specialist expertise for the specific support and training requirements of the Federal Ministry of Defense with regard to security, continuity and customer care in the Federal Armed Forces environment," said Bauer. "We've also set up a Lotus Technology Centre, which acts as a public administration forum for the presentation of all products and applications with Lotus Business Partners."
In the spirit of expanded cooperation between defense forces and private industry, most of the contract negotiations between the German Federal Office for Military Engineering and Procurement and Lotus were conducted electronically via Lotus Notes and Domino. The new corporate license reflects the tone of the outline agreement "Innovation, Investment and Efficiency in the Federal Armed Forces," which was concluded between German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, Defense Minister Rudolf Scharping and industry representatives on December 15, 1999, to initiate such strategic partnerships.
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