Does Lotus Really Exist?

Thursday 3rd February, 2005
The amount of talk of Lotus in the computing world still amazes me. People speak of Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino, LotusSphere etc. as thought it's still a company.

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Lotus was dead but just lives on as a brand, a badge or maybe a logo. Lotus became IBM a long long time ago. In fact I thought it was dead back in 2001 almost 4 years ago now.

A search at Companies House in the UK tells us:

Name & Registered Office:
LOTUS DEVELOPMENT UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED
P O BOX 41
NORTH HARBOUR
PORTSMOUTH
HAMPSHIRE PO6 3AU

So it's no longer in Staines, no longer at Lotus Park...but in fact just a PO Box in North Harbour, Portsmouth...the home of IBM.

I read articles like Bruce Elgort's today and I wonder why we speculate about what are "Lotus" are up to? what are "Lotus" planning? etc.. Lotus are not planning anything, they're just an IBM puppet wearing a Lotus T-shirt.

If you're questioning what I am saying then I ask you one question...

Why was IBM Workplace the highlight of LotusSphere? It's
not a Lotus product....

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