, which produces software that enables companies to monitor their employees' instant messaging exchanges, has struck a distribution deal with IBM's Lotus Software division. Through the deal, Lotus will ship versions of its corporate messaging software, called Sametime
, that include FaceTime's IM Auditor functions. IM Auditor lets companies monitor and filter language used in messages, block or permit certain employees from using IM, and transfer IM threads to e-mail.
The market for instant messaging is steadily growing as more people use services from America Online, Microsoft, Yahoo and others to communicate with friends, co-workers and clients. But companies find such consumer products hard to manage and control. Lotus is promoting its secure software to corporations, especially those in information-sensitive industries such as finance, that are wary of unrestricted communication.