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LotusLive attracts 18 million paying subscribers

LotusLIveThis hit the Twittersphere yesterday and was also blogged about by Stuart McIntyre on his LotusLive blog… the combined services of LotusLive have now attracted 18 million paying subscribers. Since we started the year with zero paying subscribers that’s pretty good growth. The story is then picked up by ZDNet who theorise that the annual revenue from those subscribers could be $648 million, thus justifying IBM’s acquisitions and development efforts… and indeed the overall decision to throw their hat into the market.

ZDNet also mention the fact that IBM LotusLive offers an extensive range of services, and I go would as far it say it’s one of the most extensive ranges in the whole software-as-a-service / cloud-based market – a choice of e-mail, integrated collaborative services and web meetings.

…works for Microsoft as a Global Account Technology Strategist. In a former life he worked for the Lotus brand within IBM for many years. Married with one daughter and two dogs, lives in Camberley (Surrey, England), plays the guitar to a mediocre standard, and runs 10 kms and half marathons at an average speed. That’s it really.


Darren Adams • 11 December 2009

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  1. Paul Mooney 11 December 2009 - 10:26 am Reply

    Darren – would it be fair to say that the 18 million were directly from the acquisition of Outblaze. 18 million is a number i have heard quite a bit over the past year. How many new Lotus Live customers are there post-acquisition (just curious)

  2. Darren 11 December 2009 - 12:15 pm Reply

    Hi Paul… certainly some of the 18 million came from the Outblaze acquisition, but the total figure includes paying subscribers across all services. Since IBM acquired the assets from Outblaze there have been several million more seats added across the entire LotusLive portfolio. But I don’t have exact numbers.

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