IBM has rolled out three portal-based software packages aimed at creating online environments to streamline business and improve collaboration for specific vertical industries. IBM executives say they worked with business leaders to design the software packages that are geared for the automotive, government and life sciences markets. The software uses IBM's WebSphere Portal and Lotus software as the foundation for applications that are integrated to create industry-specific collaboration environments. The platforms, which IBM announced last week can work with multiple operating environments, including Linux and Windows, IBM says. Pricing for the packages vary because customers select the building blocks such as WebSphere Portal, which starts at $US87,000, and WebSphere Commerce, which starts at $80,000.