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I’m not one much for tea parties.

I’m more of a coffee man, myself. As in, really strong coffee. As in, espresso.

Since I started working from home all the time I found really strong coffee to be mandatory in order to stay alert for those endless conference calls we virtual IBMers participate in.

But with all those out dropping tea into harbors virtual and otherwise yesterday, go ahead and make mine Oolong.

And despite what our Texas governor said yesterday, Texas has no plans to secede from the union…been there, done that, got the T-shirt.

Speaking of tea parties, though, today IBM announced the establishment of the first cloud computing lab in Hong Kong.

This new facility will provide a global hub for web messaging services in support of IBM’s cloud service portfolio.

LotusLive offers affordable, company-to-company social networking and online collaboration tools, and can help businesses work smarter (not harder) by allowing them to form their own virtual communities in the cloud.

This helps them better connect with their colleagues, partners, suppliers, and even customers from within and beyond their own firewalls.

The new lab is going to be located in the Hong Kong Cyberport complex, an IT center developed to foster innovation within the Asia-Pacific region.

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in giving LotusLive a test drive, IBM is offering no taxation on collaboration for a full 30-days. That’s right, you can LotusLive Engage gratis for 30 whole days!

You can’t afford NOT to collaborate when there’s full collaboration with no taxation!

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I recently used one of the LotusLive basic services to participate in a panel discussion at a conference being held in Washington, D.C. a couple of thousand miles away.

Using the Lotus Sametime Unyte package, several hundred people in a big conference room were able to see my ugly mug projected on a big screen, and I was able to participate in the panel as if I were right there in the room.

It was very cool, and dare I say it, the next best thing to being there.

Full collaboration with no taxation. But you’ll have to bring your own tea.

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