BOSTON—IBM Corp. announced Wednesday new applications on its Lotus Workplace platform for instant messaging and team collaboration, e-learning and content management. The new products add to Lotus' J2EE-based next-generation platform, which previously had been limited to basic e-mail and some vertical-specific collaborative applications ... In addition, IBM will transition the Lotus Learning Management System to the Workplace platform with the next release, which will be called Lotus Workplace Collaborative Learning 1.1. The product supports management of programs, resources and course materials for both classroom-based and e-learning programs. The fourth product announced Wednesday was Lotus Workplace Web Content Management 1.1, which is rebranded technology IBM acquired from Aptrix earlier this year. All of the Workplace products are built on J2EE and integrated with each other. Customers can license the entire platform—IBM plans to soon offer a bundle of the platform with WebSphere Portal Server—or only the applications they need. Read