By Rob Corder
Lotus will ship Discovery Server, the next component of its 'Raven' knowledge management solution, in March, according to John Caffery, world-wide director of KM marketing.
With K-Station shipping in December, Lotus went to market with the first part of its knowledge management suite developed under the code name, Raven.K-Station was shipped separately to the keenly awaited Discovery Server element of Raven due to demand from customers pilot testing developer releases of the software. “Customers that we worked with loved the entire thing, but they wanted to be able to work with certain parts individually,” explained John Caffrey, world-wide director of KM marketing for Lotus, at the company's EMEA E-Business University kick-off meeting in Dubai yesterday.K-Station is already a compelling KM solution to take to market even before Discovery Server ships in March, said Caffrey. The portal front-end is capable of pulling in data from multiple sources including the Internet, intranets and file server data banks. Customers can set up K-Station “places” in which they can present data sources and applets relevant to different types of users.Discovery Server builds on this functionality by locating and interpretting data from different locations and prioritising that data according to different customer needs. “Discovery Server is capable of assigning a value to content,” explained Caffrey.“For example, if I am the author of a document, Discovery Server will know that document is likely to be more important to me than if I just read a document. If I bookmark a Web page, it will also know that page is more valuable to me. The usefulness of this capability builds and builds over time.”