IBM announced that Panasonic has agreed to use its cloud-based LotusLive e-mail system for its worldwide operations. The deal initially covers 100,000 Panasonic employees, and will eventually expand to include more than 300,000 workers, partners and suppliers. The new services will allow its workforce to communicate and collaborate more efficiently with its global network of customers, partners and suppliers through a cloud-based community. “Panasonic will adopt IBM’s LotusLive.com services for Web conferencing, file sharing, instant messaging and project management. The company will also implement LotusLive Connections for business social networking between employees, partners and suppliers to find and share the right insight when needed. As part of this investment in open IBM technology, Panasonic will migrate employees from Microsoft Exchange or other collaboration software to LotusLive for email, calendaring and contact management. Panasonic will present more details at IBM’s annual Lotusphere Conference January 17 – 21 in Orlando, Florida,” stated IBM.