Since embracing the Internet/intranet revolution last year, Lotus has found it easier to attract prospective software users to new product demonstrations, Peter Taylor, general manager of Lotus Asia North, says. Lotus will host its .domino symposium in Hong Kong next week, just six weeks after it unveiled version 4.5 of its flagship Notes. Notes was re-fashioned last year into a Web and intranet server, with the addition of the Domino trade name for the Web version. 'Because there is such an interest in the Internet and networking innovations, we find there is a lot more interest in what we have to offer in this area,' Mr Taylor said. Mr Taylor began his new post in Hong Kong - overseeing Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Korean software markets - two months ago. He was previously finance director for Lotus Asia-Pacific based in Singapore. Before joining Lotus almost five years ago, Mr Taylor was head of micro-computing consulting for Price Waterhouse in Australia, one of the three largest value-added re-sellers for Lotus at that time. 'It is vitally important that we are able to show our business applications to people in a symposium like the one we are planning later this month,' he said. 'We need to show business applications for our software; people don't want to buy software - they want solutions that work in the real world. 'When it comes to the Internet, the line we are using to promote our Notes and Domino solutions is to stop surfing and start working - Lotus is saying that the Internet can now be used for serious computing.' He describes the Lotus Notes 'industry' as a changing one, with about 16,000 business partners worldwide and 40 in Hong Kong. These partners, he said, were not only re-sellers and distributors but people who wrote, customised and developed software applications that ran on top of Notes and now Domino.