Case | HBS Case Collection | September 1998 (Revised August 1999)

IBM's Lotus Development in 1999

by Stephen P. Bradley and Kelley Porter


Describes Lotus' acquisition by IBM, its movement from proprietary standards to open standards, and its current market position. Microsoft is gaining ground with its Exchange Server, and Lotus has received unfavorable press.

Keywords: Acquisition; Technological Innovation; Growth and Development Strategy; Growth Management; Product Marketing; Competition; Competitive Strategy; Information Technology Industry; Web Services Industry;


Bradley, Stephen P., and Kelley Porter. "IBM's Lotus Development in 1999." Harvard Business School Case 799-014, September 1998. (Revised August 1999.)