“Lotus may still command respect and worldwide market share, but the IBM subsidiary no longer captures the high ground for innovation mind share. . . . The Lotus brand has slowly faded into the blue during the past few years.” Steve Gillmor ’s “Ahead of the Curve” examines the accelerating disappearance of Lotus, their slow acceptance of P2P and Web Services, and the general P2P state of mind at Microsoft, Sun, and IBM/Lotus.