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I've been posting stuff like this on my Facebook persona page and on Twitter, but I thought it might be useful to expose these links to the blog audience as well. Enterprise MobileNext: As previously blogged, I was at the inaugural Enterprise MobileNext conference last week in San Francisco. IBM VP...

Earlier this morning, we announced the availability of the fourth release of LotusLive Notes. The new release is primarily designed around quality improvement, but adds some new features for customized mail routing, additional language support for LotusLive Notes Traveler, and additional monitoring...

Last week, IBM held a cross-solution IBM Cloud Forum event in San Francisco. Announcements at the event included the launch of the IBM Smart Cloud, a broad set of cloud-delivered capabilities including IBM and custom solutions. The Smart Business cloud is the new name for the home of the Domino appl...

After way too short a visit to Istanbul, I'm sitting at the airport ready for the onward journey. Yesterday's inaugural Turkish Lotus User Group meeting was a success, thanks to Serdar Başeğmez and to my regional IBM colleagues. I learned my surprising bit of trivia for the day. A university study...

An in-depth look at LotusLive Symphony and how our strategy shapes up compared to Google...[The] office suite is a critical piece for the very success of their Social Business vision. I would say the success of LotusLive Symphony is tied to how well they execute their Social Business strateg...

This morning we released a service update to LotusLive Notes, as announced here. This is the third release of LotusLive Notes in six months, an impressive demonstration of IBM's ability to deliver in the software as a service market. Today's service update is notable mainly for the improvements to...

An interesting discussion of how our internal evolution into using social software for business built a business opportunity for Lotus Connections...It was the quote from Jeffrey Schick, IBM’s VP of Social Software, that got my attention. Schick told Neisser, “At IBM 15 years ago, we had...

The Foundations announcement

November 11 2010

Tons of questions and blog posts in the last few days about the Lotus Foundations end of marketing that appeared in IBM channel marketing materials earlier this week. So, I don't own Foundations and am not part of the team that does (IBM Smart Business) thus I am blogging simply from generally avai...

A couple of interesting YouTube links have been passed along this week... The first is a product announcement for Lotus Symphony 3. Hey, it actually shows the product! (Admittedly, almost a minute in) and speaks to end-users as to why they should care. The second connects with a press release i...

IBM has had an attractive offer available to customers buying or renewing Lotus software purchases: make a multi-year commitment and save 10% or 15%. Now, this offer has been extended to a third scenario -- customers who own Lotus software but have lapsed on their maintenance subscriptions. Custom...

Today, IBM is announcing the latest release of LotusLive, the best cloud collaboration offering available. Today's announcement is the first press announcement of LotusLive Notes, the most-comprehensive US$5/user/month cloud messaging solution, several customer references, partner integration, and...

A new case study on ibm.com highlights a Notes/Domino and Sametime deployment to organize, manage, and process the entire workflow of the Zain Africa Challenge, a televised academic competition.By enabling seamless communication and collaboration across borders, the Lotus collaboration environment a...

Nice win over the wire this morning...IBM announced today that it has signed an agreement with Singapore Airlines to empower the airline's geographically distributed workforce to collaborate and communicate more effectively. The airline will adopt IBM's social and collaboration software on mobile...

This press release came out earlier today...WebSphere Portal, Lotus Domino, Lotus Quickr in a pan-government implementation...EUROCITIES, an organization connecting the local government employees in more than 140 large cities in over 30 European countries, has chosen IBM software to help its members...

Last week, my colleague Arthur Fontaine and I participated in the useful and engaging Lotus Technical Information and Education community open call. Our topic was "Future opportunities for Notes/Domino professionals", and we lead a good discussion on the topic. We know that with significant change...

Don't miss this podcast that Chris Miller and I did earlier today talking about the IamLUG, the user group event in St Louis coming up in ten days! was lucky to catch Ed Brill as he packed his bags and begin his walk to St Louis for IamLUG taking place Aug 2-3 2010. IBM is a Platinum sponsor of the...

Duffbert and others have picked up this story which appears on CIO.com.au as well as the author's own site, Delimiter:So Bergh sent a few members from his team over to a conference in Brisbane on how to move to Exchange 2010 to scope out the Microsoft platform -- check out the lay of the land and se...

Curses wifi-less airplane -- Darren beat me to it! Oh, and Chris Pepin did, too! Earlier today, IBM's 2nd app on the Apple iTunes app store went live -- a mobile viewer for LotusLive Meetings.Use the online meeting features of LotusLive Engage right from your iPhone! Join a Web meeting, chat with...

Well, today's the day. Notes/Domino 6.5, and thus the 6.x release of the product, have reached their end of service date. IBM promises to provide standard support for our commercial software for a minimum of five years; in the case of Notes/Domino 6.x, that support ran for seven and a half. Our s...

Provocative headline and some assertions you and I might not agree with, but Longhaus's Peter Carr takes a look at the Australian market and trends/transitions in cloud computing:Within this context, point victories within a holistic collaboration suite are no longer a basis for claiming market vict...

eWeek covered an IBM announcement made by Kevin Cavanaugh yesterday at Lotusphere Comes to You in South Africa:IBM, Canonical and Simmtronics Semiconductors have teamed up to deliver a netbook for emerging markets that features IBM cloud services and software for $190. The Simmbook will be availab...

Last week, I realized I hadn't been blogging too much about my day job recently...sort of that post-Lotusphere quiet that presumes we used up all the good news in Orlando and won't have anything more for a while. Of course, it's not at all quiet -- mostly, we come back from Lotusphere with a better...

Lotus Education is trying something new -- in-depth, detailed training classes delivered as live online webinars. The cost to attend is fairly inexpensive, yet the benefit is direct access to the experts and practitioners from across IBM Lotus to capture their real-world experiences. Four such web...

Alistair Rennie has been the general manager of Lotus software for about sixty days. In this podcast, recorded last week, Alistair debriefs on Lotusphere, talks about Project Vulcan, and looks ahead in the collaboration and productivity market. Well worth a 20 minute listen.LotusUserGroup.org caug...

These are some great sound bites from Mitch Cohen Darren Duke Andreas Hiller Steve Haase Thanks all for doing this video!...

Michael Sampson looks to me like he can see the future. Though he was never briefed on what was coming at Lotusphere 2010, in January, he published a white paper on the Lotus roadmap:Lotus Notes has been around for a long time. Since its release in 1989 it has always been viewed as a "different" pi...

Today at Lotusphere, we discussed plans and designs for updating LotusLive Notes in 2010. LotusLive Notes is the IBM-hosted Domino SaaS/cloud offering, which has been available in various forms for a few years. A major work-effort on my team and in our labs right now is to build an updated back-en...

Lotus Knows I'm probably stealing somebody's thunder, but there is so much news to cover this week, I thought I'd write about this one early. A long time ago, Lotus customers and prospects ooh-ed and aah-ed over the world of Notes/Domino solutions available in the printed "Notes and Domino Guide"....

This has really been an incredible year for Lotus events worldwide, but especially in Europe. We have had some incredible user group events that have invigorated or re-energized the community in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Poland, and other countries. We saw Lotusphere Comes to You sell o...

I discussed this earlier today at the Lotus Leadership Alliance...the press release should be out on Wednesday US time or later in the week:International Business Machines Corp. will try to sell a new package of low-priced computer desktop applications to companies and governments in Africa, challen...

Lotus knows how to win 'em....Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank has chosen to standardize on IBM Corp.'s Lotus collaboration software, IBM said Tuesday, displacing Microsoft Corp.'s rival SharePoint-based platform. U.S. Bank plans to roll out the Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections social Web platform for...

Sign up on Computerworld.com for this executive-level 8-page whitepaper on why Blackberry and Lotus go together...and use such advanced vocabulary!Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry smartphone, the undisputed market leader in the smartphone device arena, and IBM Lotus, the top developer of enterp...

This is a cool video on the value of Lotus Connections told in a very story-like manner....

Over the last several days, a number of new training and education opportunities have crossed my desk that I think are worthwhile... 1) A Quickr 8.2 for Domino "master class".This class is designed for individuals with Lotus Domino and Lotus Quickr for Domino implementation experience who wish to...

Lotus Knows IdeaJam

August 19 2009

This week marks the second public milestone for the new "Lotus Knows" marketing campaign: The Lotus Knows IdeaJam. The Jam kicks off tomorrow morning US-time and will feature contributions from YOU! Hundreds of IBMers plan to participate, and many of our executives and thought leaders will be hos...

Everybody's got a little something up their sleeve for Yellow Day....me included... As announced on ibm.com:Spread the payments and save: Eligible customers purchasing new licenses of selected IBM Lotus or IBM WebSphere Portal offerings may choose to buy an additional two years of Software Subscr...

While I was out for a few days last week, a couple of key mainstream industry analyst reports were published. Both are worth checking out if you are subscribers to these firms: Gartner published an interesting report on Friday called "Domino 8 Moves Development to the Mainstream". Gartner hasn't...

Want to hear the Lotus strategy straight from the Lotus team's senior executives? For the next month or so, you'll have just that opportunity.... Webinars and dates (all at 10 AM ET / 15:00 BST): August 12: Sean Poulley, The Cloud Advantage August 19: Bruce Morse, Unified Communications and Col...

I thought there was something far more important coming up on the calendar, but then Nathan reminded us all that next week is "Yellow Day"...It's a time to be proud to be yellow. So show your support even bigger than last year, and on Aug 11. Wear yellow. Blog yellow. Tweet yellow. Bleed yellow. R...

It's only ten days away -- the Iam Lotus User Group in St. Louis, with the Chicago MWLUG following about five weeks from now. I've been prepping for IamLUG for a few days, and am confident this is going to be a great event. Some reasons to come to IamLUG -- where there are still a few seats availa...

A podcast I recorded a few weeks ago for a business or IT decision-maker kind of audience is now available in the IBM.com BizTech Reports section:Ed Brill, Director for IBM's End User Messaging and Collaboration practice, talks with BizTech Reports about the evolution of collaboration, and the issue...

The last three weeks have probably been among the most intense of my career. In the last two days, five months of work culminated in approvals to move a project forward. Unfortunately, as with many things since I moved back into product management, I can't say what we decided, yet. But I can prom...

Timely coverage that will be in CRN's hardcopy edition on Monday -- a good counterweight to Microsoft's partner conference this week. It won't be the only one...."We're seeing a big increase in the number of customers moving to the Foundations server," said James Sulfare, owner of Solinkit, a Chamb...

Lotus software has a new front door on ibm.com, and some other interesting updates.... The changes are subtle but important. First, the content is designed to be much more dynamic, with frequent updates. Second, the "what we offer" box has been reorganized into two groupings -- by business ne...

Lotus Mobile Connect

June 29 2009

This week will mark nine months since my return to product management. What I love about product management, as I think I've said before, is that every day brings an unlimited amount of opportunity to get involved in "stuff" -- the tactical and strategic decisions around what products we build and...

My summertime travel schedule is shaping up and I'm excited to confirm that I will be part of the first Iam Lotus User Group, 3/4 August in St. Louis. Some of the speakers and sponsors have been announced for the event and include "names you must know" from the Lotus community and other events. Ea...

Tomorrow, IBM is hosting a virtual event on LotusLive.com. I will be presenting on the benefits of Notes/Domino 8.x under the theme of "messaging economics", while Lotus rock star Chris Crummey will lead a discussion and demonstration of the linked value of the Lotus brand products and solutions:Ta...

IBM is issuing two press releases today, one demonstrating overall momentum for the Lotus brand, and the other specifically focused on Lotus Foundations. Here are some of the quotes:Driven by guidance from Microsoft to abandon evaluation of currently-shipping products, Microsoft customers are choos...

Thursday morning, IBM is issuing a press release highlighting a customer win in Italy, Gruppo Amadori. About 1,000 of the company's 6,000 employees access PCs to help manage the production, processing, and delivery logistics of its poultry products for customers within Italy and internationally. In...

A resounding endorsement of Lotus Foundations in the Aussie version of ZDNet:Foundations should not be considered just for the IT challenged. Foundations is a great solution for a wide range of businesses because it takes away the need for an on-site IT guru; not every business is an IT firm. This s...

It almost feels like overkill to link this article 24 hours after it went live. Yesterday's news of the OpenNTF organizational overhaul has been a hot topic in the Lotus online community, with good contributions to the discussion from Declan Lynch, Steve Castledine, Rob McDonagh, and others (I'm sa...

One of many, many bits of news this week...The IBM Lotus and WebSphere Portal Business Solutions Catalog on Lotus Greenhouse provides a variety of IBM created and validated widgets to simplify many tasks developed with the latest Lotus technology. Take advantage of the tools listed in the Catalog an...

Last Friday morning, Bob Picciano -- general manager of the IBM Lotus division -- hosted a Q&A with community bloggers to discuss the new "Smarter Work" initiative that has started in line with IBM's overall Smarter Planet messages. The call was very timely, coming after Bob's keynote at RIM's...

eWeek has a 3.5 minute video feature that sings the praises of Lotus Foundations...Host Ashley Daly says:What would you say if I told you there was an IT solution out there that rarely ever has a problem, and when it does, can fix itself? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, such a solution do...

CIO.com has published an article by Lotus general manager Bob Picciano, highlighting nine trends in collaboration:We are in a very challenging period of history -- a time that is testing us all. Yet the challenges we face also provide an opportunity we shouldn't waste -- a chance to transform the wa...

"I remember when..."

April 30 2009

In comments on yesterday's "Doing things different" post, Clayton Price wrote:Personally I feel for Lotus. I remember attending Lotus Fusion (Gold Coast, Australia) a good few years ago where there seemed to be approx 1000 attendees. Now each Lotus event I go to is lucky to have a 100 people. The gr...

Even as IBM and business partners continue to run some great Lotusphere Comes to You events, the calendar is starting to fill out for the second half of the year. In August, there are two user group-related events that have been announced: Iam Lotus User Group in St. Louis on August 3 and 4, and th...

Today was one of those days that I really love my job. I was at the University of Nebraska today, for three different reasons: a presentation to students on social networking in business; a customer meeting with the CIO, Walter Weir; and completion of a project we've been sponsoring in the Raikes...

The next two weeks are shaping up to be quite busy on the travel front. On Tuesday, April 21, I'll be at the kick-off the renamed Tri-State Lotus User Group meeting, which starts at 6 PM at IBM, 590 Madison Avenue, New York City. Then Wednesday, I move from New York to New England, at the kick-off...

Doug Spencer is on my team and is one of the demo gurus in the Lotus team. He's just posted a great video that explains what Lotus Foundations is about, then demonstrates the installation, setup, and deployment of a Foundations box.. The ten-minute video speeds up the boring parts of the install.....

Lotus marketing has been regularly posting videos to YouTube highlighting Lotus products, solutions, and now customers. These 22 new vignettes, recorded at Lotusphere and just posted, come from customers and business partners talking about the real-world use of Lotus software. You'll recognize som...

Really happy to see this announcement...Phase 2 International now offers online IBM Lotus applications to small-to-medium businesses (SMBs), adding to its various hosted service offerings which already include a Microsoft solution stack. ... The new hosted IBM solutions include Lotus Notes 8.5 for e...

My assumption is that most of you will see that headline and assume this is an April Fool's joke. The good news is it is not. Thanks to a connection in IBM Partnerworld, I've been shown the way to fix some of the biggest challenges expressed by Lotus brand customers with the IBM download site....

I am pleased to be speaking at a relaunch of the New York area Lotus User Group on Tuesday, April 21. The Tri-State Lotus User Group website went live this morning, and Mitch Cohen and Jim Casale have blogged about it. The meeting will be in the evening and will be in Manhattan to make things conv...

As Paul Mooney and Warren Elsmore announced earlier today, registration is now open for the absolutely 100% free UK Lotus User Group meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland on 8 and 9 October, 2009. The UKLUG is now in its third year, and looks to be even bigger and better than the successful 2008 event in...

Just going through my snail mail from the week away.... inside the mailer from IBM shareholder services, along with the proxy ballot for the 2009 shareholder meeting is the following insert... With 1.34 billion shares of IBM outstanding, we must mail out a lot of these proxy statements. There's...

First, let's get the important stuff out of the way -- the Belux Lotus User Group meeting today was a huge success. About 200 attendees filled the IBM Forum in Brussels to learn about the latest from IBM Lotus. Congratulations and thank you Thierry Soubestre from Pixelixir along with Laurent and t...

Bruce Elgort pointed me to the customer list page on Elgugi software's website. In just a eight months, Elgugi has won some really important and recognizable customers for their excellent IdeaJam software. But what this also says is that major organizations are investing in Domino applications t...

IBM announced today recognition of our award as CRN Channel Champion in various categories, including collaboration software.named a 2009 CRN Channel Champion at an awards ceremony in New Orleans, LA on March 10 at the XChange Solution Provider conference. The CRN Channel Champions study measures o...

Some updates to my calendar for next week... seems like we've got a lot of attention going into Denmark, with Mary Beth just having visited, my trip next week, and an April stop that Andre Guirard just blogged about. My visit next week is two-fold -- a Lotusphere Comes to You in Copenhagen, sponsor...

I'm really happy to announce that the New England Lotus User Group will be relaunching next month, on Wednesday, April 22. I'll be speaking at this meeting on a Notes/Domino 2009 update, and the open Q&A forum that the NELotus group is famous for. Only question I forgot to ask is whether we're...

Wednesday the 4th in Japan (so right about now) is the 15th anniversary of the Notes Consortium. This organization represents the Notes customers and business partners in the Japanese market. While I have not been over to Japan in about 18 months, I definitely plan to journey over this year --...

I thought this was a good article from the perspective of the collaboration market overall and where things are at today. Quotes from Gartner's Gene Phifer and IBM Lotus's Michael Garbett fill in the picture on changing trends and market opportunities. The article is especially timely for me as...

Coming out of Lotusphere, I've been involved in some very good conversation with the Lotus services and education team about our market opportunities in 2009. We did take a quick moment to celebrate some wins from 2008 -- and I received permission to share these publicly: - Lotus Education progra...

Really happy to see these two press releases from IBM Lotus partners this week... Elguji Software's IdeaJam Wins Coveted Lotusphere 2009 Awards:Elguji Software announced today that its IdeaJam software application won the prestigious IBM Lotus Chief Technology Officer Innovation and Breakout techno...

A colleague was asking me about this yesterday, and I thought it made a useful link for the blog. Lotus support publishes a list of all Lotus products along with their general availability date and, if announced, planned end of support date. The data shows our commitment to customer control/manage...

John Roling has music for the ears of any cost-conscious customer today...As we're all painfully aware, the current economic climate is far from wonderful. Businesses are looking for ways to cut corners and reduce costs whenever possible, and many times that leads to belt-tightening in your IT depar...

As one trip concludes, it's time to start looking ahead to the next. My upcoming visit to Europe will be the week of March 16. On the 17th, I am at a Lotusphere Comes to You in Århus, Denmark in the morning, sponsored by INOPI. In the evening, I'll be in Copenhagen meeting with the NotesNet.DK co...

Well this is a very odd Notes-is-dead response to Mike Altendorf's previous column condemning Notes in the pages of CIO.co.uk:In the early days of Notes I thought it was amazing technology, way ahead of its time. When people were talking about knowledge management and collaboration it was the platfo...

On Tuesday, I'll be heading over to Germany for three Lotusphere Comes to You events over the next ten days -- edcom nachlese in Munich, where I will be speaking on Thursday; Rheinland Nachlese in Düsseldorf, where I will be speaking on Monday the 16th, and Lotusphere Comes to You in Hamburg, where...

Nice to see some of our Lotus Notes and Lotus Symphony moves recognized as contributing to IBM overall.... Link: eWeek: Palmisano's Top 15 Moves to Keep IBM Growing...

Suntel is one of the main telcos in Sri Lanka, with 550,000 customers, and are adopting IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, Sametime, Symphony:IBM announced today that Suntel, a Sri Lankan based telecommunications provider, has selected IBM Lotus software to create a collaborative environment to improve the way...

If you remember that, a sense of deja vu prevails for now -- and watch for more on Monday...IBM has announced its intent to acquire the strategic messaging service assets of Outblaze, Ltd., a privately held provider of online messaging and collaboration services, based in Hong Kong. Building on IBM...

Don't miss this positioning:IBM today fired a broadside at Microsoft by announcing that more corporations than ever are using Lotus Notes email program running on a Domino email server. Big Blue says Notes/Domino has quietly swiped big chunks of market share away from Microsoft's once dominant Outlo...

As anyone in the Lotus community knows, the week before Lotusphere is often one of a bit of market tactics. We start to talk about what we're going to talk about Lotusphere...Microsoft tries to steal the show. The game is being played a little differently this week. In fact, with all the fun of...

This morning, I'm en-route to Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Fine, no Stevenote, but I'm sure it will be pretty interesting. I'll be at the conference on Tuesday, and you can visit IBM at booth 3418 in the north hall. The Lotus brand hasn't been represented at Macworld Expo for many, many yea...

Nice to see friend and colleague Mr. Darren Adams quoted in the Times...more mainstream media attention for Lotus in the UK:Employers are experimenting with the new ideas of social networking, instant messaging and wikis to assemble and manage teams of the best people for any particular project, eve...

A big congratulations and thank you to Yancy Lent... PlanetLotus.org turned one yesterday! For a long time, the community had talked about a need to aggregate all the various blogs and websites covering Lotus software. Early efforts included dominoblogs.com and various OPML lists. Nothing quite s...

It's been a while since I've had a guest blogger...this topic is so important that I thought the voice should be first-hand. Jennifer Heins is Lotus Technical Content Architect and Strategist. Our Lotusphere 2009 Birds of a Feather session on the Future of Redbooks has been scheduled and I wanted...

This one is about mobility and collaboration....ok, I won't call this one a "viral video" but it's a nice production piece about our story in this space. More details on the comprehensive Lotus mobility page... Link: ibm.com/lotus/mobile...

OK, Charles, this *is* a viral video -- 14K views in 24 hours......

Almost missed this while I was out of the office the last few days. Irish RTE News had a feature segment on IBM's development and use of social networking tools, with specific mention of our internal Beehive project. Several researchers in our Dublin labs are featured, discussing how these tools a...

As we say, "Such a deal!":Act before December 22, 2008, and you can take advantage of the Lotus Foundations Lotusphere 2009 event special and enjoy significant savings on Lotusphere registration and a Lotus Foundations' starter pack . FOR ONLY $3000.00, you receive: * 1 Lotusphere 2009 Confe...

Interesting stuff has passed through my inbox over the last several days, including... News of one of the largest deals the Lotus brand has ever done in Australia, a multi-year effort with an organization I've enjoyed meeting each of my last several visits "down under". News of a European custome...

Great to see some mainstream media coverage resulting from my stop in New Zealand last week...Businesses have a lot to gain by embracing the concepts behind the hugely popular social networking internet sites people flock to in their private lives, says Ed Brill, a US-based IBM director who speciali...

A year ago, part of the presentation I delivered to audiences in Australia emphasized the importance for IT to recognize that the younger generation entering the workforce would bring different requirements. It said, specifically, a "technology savvy generation is entering the workforce". At that...

John Fontana profiles Lotus general manager Bob Picciano. They talk Notes/Domino 8.5, Sharepoint competition, hosting/cloud/SaaS, and Lotusphere:Microsoft went on record in July as saying it wants to get Lotus customers to convert five million seats of Notes to Microsoft's collaboration tools betwe...

One of the great things about moving from Notes/Domino sales to Notes/Symphony product management is that there was no real "break in" period. In my new job, I work with most of the same people I worked with in my old job, albeit from the different perspective of product management and being a peop...

A number of tidbits, news, rumors, hints, and interesting stuff cropping up on the blogs this morning. Paul Mooney has written several blog entries from DNUG, where my boss and my soon-to-be Lotusphere co-presenter (Kevin Cavanaugh and Brent Peters) presented one of the opening conference keynotes....

About a month ago, Jimmy Mooney released NotesCal, an iPhone app for accessing your Notes calendar. This morning, he's updated (and rebranded) the application as Notes Pro, supporting Domino mail, calendar, contacts, and to-do access on the iPhone. It's another step forward in terms of iPhone + Do...

By far the most frequently-asked question in the last 72 hours has been, "what exactly is your new role?" I realized at some point last night that my initial blog entry used a lot of high level words, but didn't describe the day-to-day. After spending yesterday in an all-day operational review, I...

It has been over eight years since I moved from Boston back to Chicago, after two years working in the Lotus division offices in Westford and Cambridge, Massachusetts. So there was some sense of déjà vu yesterda. I drove out to Westford for the first time in many years, and sat in an office with t...

(Forgive the date/time stamp...I inadvertently set the date of my Friday evening post to Monday...thus this time stamp is done only to make this entry chronologically later than the last one) I'm in the Boston area today for the first day of my new job. As I mentioned when announcing on Friday eve...

I have a new job!

October 6 2008

IBM personnel announcements aren't normally a topic for this blog. However, Earlier today, Kevin Cavanaugh, Vice President - Messaging and Collaboration, and Michael Garbett, Director - Worldwide Sales, announced that I have been promoted to Director, End-User Messaging and Collaboration. I guess...

The marketing team did a great job with today's Lotus Collaboration Summit event in Chicago. Navy Pier was a surprising choice for an event like this, but other than being at the far end of the convention center, and the crew in the next room using mechanical equipment to set up another conference...

Interop.com has a 30 minute video available that shows Bob Picciano's keynote from that conference two weeks ago. He's joined by Ron Sebastian for demonstrations of some of the current and future technology coming from Lotus software.... tomorrow at work."Web 2.0, Mashups and Other Collaboration Tr...

If you haven't had a chance to check out Bilal Jaffery's blog on Lotus Foundations, you should. Bilal is a marketing manager for Foundations, and as I learned myself during this week's Lotus Leadership Alliance, there's a lot more to the Lotus Foundations story than "fast easy-to-manage server". H...

There are a number of upcoming Lotus Collaboration Summit events in North America and Europe. Admittedly a smaller number than in the last few years, there still have been thousands more attendees at Lotus brand events in 2008 (e.g. Lotusphere Comes to You) than previous years. At any rate, one su...

Seems like a bout of insomnia tonight, which makes this as good a time as any to comment on the second day of this conference. As I've noted in the previous entries, the contents of the conference itself have been under NDA, so there's not much I can say about session specifics. But I have a story...

Summary: I still haven't met Bob Picciano, but I'm not supposed to. Picciano made it clear to the IBMers here that our priority is spending time with the customers and partners in attendance at this event. So, while I'm sure I'll meet Bob at some point today -- perhaps in my session/workshop this...

For those who are interested and/or couldn't join us in London last week, I've posted my current Notes/Domino family update presentation on Slideshare: Lotus Notes/Domino Update - UK Lotus Users Group, September 2008View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: ibm lotus) For those who w...

A few links that you may find interesting... Grant Norman of Teamstudio describes UKLUG from his view:UKLUG as an event is certainly a huge step up in scale from last year. Being in central London has been important for the event to be a success. The venue is excellent. The speakers are first rate...

Check out postings on pmooney.net and dominobaloney.com...

The Lotus blogging community has had much discussion in the last few weeks about the perceived down side of writing "negative" blog postings directed towards IBM Lotus. I have contributed to the discussions as they have arisen, but haven't yet said anything right here at home. There are many mean...

Two Lotus-related announcements coming out of Interop today... the Globe covers the first:IBM Corporation is setting up a research center in Cambridge to develop better ways for businesses to use social networking software. "It's something that can have worldwide impact," said Irene Greif, director...

Today has been quite a blur, starting at 8 AM in Genève, going through three customer calls and a partner lunch there, then the SNoUG meeting in Lausanne, then a wonderful drive through central Switzerland to end up in Zürich. It would be hard to highlight everything, though Twitter followers saw a...

A few times this year, I've done a lot of traveling for a little actual work time. Nothing quite as crazy as that one time I was in Munich for three hours (and then back to the US), but most of my travel in the last several months has been of the 2-3 day variety. This week, my fifth trip to Europe...

My colleague Darren Adams has just posted about how we're using the Activities capability of Lotus Connections (as integrated into Lotus Notes 8) to plan my customer meetings etc. for Thursday and Friday next week in London: Basically we have a master document (Ed's schedule), some to-dos, a comme...

An IBM sales rep just pinged me and let me know that her customer is going to stop a pending decision to migrate to Microsoft and instead convert over 1000 of their users to Lotus Notes. Yay! While we regularly win decisions at customers, based on providing the best solution for their needs, it's...

These were interesting tweets to see today: I've known for some time that David is a fan of Lotus Notes, but this is the first time I've heard of him endorsing Notes in a forum like the Office 2.0 conference. Watch the video...especially about 16 minutes in... "In terms of what we do... we probab...

The UK's Computer Weekly examines the current career opportunity space around Lotus Notes and Domino:IBM's Domino server and Notes client are frequently treated as direct competitors to Microsoft's Exchange Server and Outlook. But while Exchange began as a messaging server, Notes and Domino originat...

What a great coincidence of timing! As the local team is putting together my schedule for a few days in Switzerland, we've determined that I'll be able to participate in the next meeting of SNoUG, the Swiss Notes Users Group, on September 16 in Lausanne. I'll be coming in late in the day -- at t...

Forrester principal analyst Rob Koplowitz held a teleconference yesterday, entitled "Notes Versus SharePoint: Shootout At The IT Corral". Koplowitz has plenty of experience to draw upon for his subject matter -- he worked at IBM/Lotus, Oracle, and Microsoft all in the collaboration space, and is fr...

Looks like I'll be back down under in what has become a wonderful annual tour. Planning now for the week of 17 November. The local team is setting up partner/customer lunches, user group meetings, and more. Looks like I'll miss the Melbourne Cup this year, but I'm sure there will be other interes...

Wow, the last 24 hours produced some awesome content online in the Lotus blogs! Here are a few posts you should visit... My colleague Andrea Waugh-Metzger helps you answer the question "Which version of ND8 should I deploy?": 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.5, or a mix/combination therein. Nice job, Andrea (and...

If you (or someone from your firm) will be at the International Legal Technology Association conference in Grapevine, Texas, next week, could you let me know offline? A possible meeting of interest I'd like to invite you to....

DominoPower Editor-in-Chief David Gewirtz examines, at length, what happened with the editorial they published last week ... along with the aftermath...It's always been my belief, reflected in our editorial policy, that a community that can talk out it's tough issues is a stronger community. And t...

Good coverage of recent Lotus brand news...For almost any category of business software -- from word processing to spreadsheets, presentations to communication and collaboration -- Microsoft is the de facto vendor of choice. Alternatives do exist, but who wants to be the first one to rock the boat?...

After a refreshingly normal-paced summer, September looks to be quite a busy month. Here's what's on my calendar at the moment: September 9 -- an executive breakfast in Philadelphia; invitation only. I had hoped to meet with the South Jersey Lotus user group during that trip, but their meeting s...

This is a straightforward new flash video that talks about the main benefits of Lotus Foundations. Nice thing is that, while it is more "marketing" than technical, it's the kind of quick-hit that you can distribute to anyone in your organization and have them learn more about Foundations. T...

A few weeks ago, Alan suggested that Monday, 11 August should be "Yellow day", in honor of all the excitement going on around Lotus right now. Never one to shy away from a good idea, Nathan Freeman and the rest of the Lotus911 crew jumped right on that. Thus, Monday has been designated "Yellow day...

These two press releases just hit the wire...you'll want to read them both, they're much longer than I can quote here. "The Linux World Builds SMB Market Opportunity With Software Appliances From Lotus Foundations and ISVs":The new developments include a preconfigured version of SUSE Linux Enterpri...

Tony Austin sent along a diversion for the day...a crossword puzzle featuring terms related to IBM Lotus software... My linking it has nothing to do with the clue for 11 down.......

More media coverage of this week's Lotus momentum announcement....Now the Lotus brand is springing back to life. Buried in IBM's recent earnings report were signs of a resurgence in Lotus Notes and its Domino 8 Server, which together make up the company's fully integrated email, messaging and colla...

That's what I'm talkin' about...BM/Lotus Thursday hit back at Microsoft's boast that it plans to steal 5 million Notes customers this year by detailing a new 300,000-seat licensing deal with an Asian company and strong interest in Notes from emerging markets. ... IBM/Lotus seems to be doing a bett...

Four years

August 1 2008

In my head last night, after what was really an amazing day with the big press release and all the buzz around it, I was writing a blog entry for today, marking my 4th anniversary as the product sales lead for Lotus Notes and Domino. I wanted to time travel back to August, 2004...I accepted this ne...

This is great marketing -- and apparently, quite successful:Since the beginning of 2008, we have been sending a little calculator to companies in Belgium that don't use IBM Lotus infrastructure. We want to calculate with them how much money they can save by migrating to IBM Lotus. After having con...

This morning, IBM is releasing specific details on the success for Lotus products during the first half of 2008. I have been here a long time; this press release is different in a number of ways from any we've done in the past.Led by strong sales of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8 in the second quarte...

It looks like I'll be holding a team meeting for my little part of the IBM Lotus sales next week in Cambridge. We talked amongst ourselves and thought of a novel idea for part of our agenda....invite a few customers to join us for lunch. We're meeting in Cambridge... any Boston-area customers inte...

Look what happens when you collaborate and work together... Kudos to the IBM UK marketing team for this one......

After a pretty extensive discussion and review of support call volumes, we're looking at a decision to extend the end-of-support date for Notes/Domino 6.5 from the currently announced April, 2009, to April, 2010. Extended support would continue to be available after the end-of-support. The current...

This paper has been out for a couple of months but only recently appears to have made it to ibm.com... A 16-page white paper on IT trends in collaboration and productivity. Doesn't mention Lotus products until page 15...meaning it is meant more to be used for creating vision than to hype a particul...

A colleague asked me the other day if I could define what it is about the Lotus community that is so unique. There are strong communities around many technology products... each with many of the same attributes of passion, dedication, awareness, evangelism. So what's different around here? I thin...

A mainstream media piece on blogging and social media in business. A lot of point-of-view on what the benefits are and who is using social networking/media. Includes a bit about Lotus Connections:"Large corporates are using this to connect their own employee base together. Smaller companies are ge...

My colleagues down under have announced a technical conference to be held in Sydney the week of 15 September.... On the 15th, they'll hold the annual "Lotus Collaboration Summit", which is a free product/strategy event similar to those which were done worldwide last year in the second half of th...

Often times when we get on a topic about Lotus's strategy, direction, or marketing, I receive comments along the lines of, "I get it, but my executives don't". Last week, this lead me to have a conversation with Dave Montgomery, who is one of the managers at the Lotus executive briefing center, cur...

During my travels the last week, there have been a huge number of interesting postings on Lotus community blogs that have been worth reading. I haven't had a chance to link to them all real-time, but as a summary, I suggest you check these out: * Andrew Pollack on Lotus' Project "Atlantic": Here'...

The IBM developerWorks Lotus team has launched phase II of their online wiki efforts in the developerWorks Lotus forums and community section. Eight Lotus-related wikis are now up and running:IBM Composite Applications wiki Find and share technical articles, samples, and best practices. These reso...

I've been remiss in blogging about last month's launch of Lotus Foundations. Lotus Foundations is the result of the acquisition of Net Integration Technologies (Nitix), as announced at Lotusphere 2008. In just a few short months, the product has been released under the Lotus brand, and new partn...

I had a conversation late yesterday with one of the IBMers on the software side of IBM's System z team. We were talking about upcoming efforts to promote Domino on System z running Linux. On the record, I'll admit that over the years, I've been somewhat ambivalent about the various different ser...

OK, this topic has been beaten to death, with almost 150 comments here on edbrill.com, a bunch at Bruce Elgort's site, at Nathan Freeman's site, at John Head's site, and at Greyhawk's. Lotus VP of development Brent Peters has also chimed in, with this comment on vowe.net:Let me say, that we have th...

As mentioned, I spent the day yesterday at the Enterprise 2.0 conference. My primary reason for being there was to work the Notes/Domino stand in the IBM booth Admittedly, ped duty isn't something a worldwide sales exec volunteers for all that often, but I wanted to get to E2.0 and see what this y...

Well I'm a few hours later than anticipated, but I've arrived in Boston to spend Wednesday at the Enterprise 2.0 conference. I will be at the IBM booth in the expo from 12 noon to 2 and again 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Stop by to say hi. I've stocked up on business cards and moo cards (with my own photogra...

Maybe I'm being a bit of a masochist this morning (can't wait to see what google hits are sent this way by my use of that word...)....Others had more strategic reasons for being disappointed with the iPhone's enteprise support. "They're missing 50 percent of the e-mail population," complained John...

The press and analysts have picked up on yesterday's session between IBM Lotus and Microsoft at Enterprise 2.0 yesterday... CIO.COM: Enterprise 2.0 Faceoff: Microsoft Lags Behind IBM in Social SoftwareWhile both vendors showed their products could integrate with existing e-mail systems (especially...

Apparently I missed the memo that I could have presented at this conference in jeans! (Photo: Martin Humpolec -- Thank you for your camera lens, looks like I've lost weight!) I'm sitting now with hundreds attending Mary Beth Raven's session covering Notes 8.5 and beyond. She's getting applause f...

Lest anyone think that this job is all about the glamourous life...today started at 5 AM Paris time. That's after going to bed somewhere around 1:30 AM Paris time, after a few conference calls back with the US last night. That 5 AM wakeup lead to a 7:45 AM flight to Bremen, where I arrived at the...

It looks like I'll be able to make it out to the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston next week. I'm excited to be there on Wednesday, June 11. I'll be at the Lotus product showcase pedestal from Noon to 4 PM and around for networking and the like the rest of the day. If you are there, be sure to...

One of the most enjoyable parts of my day job is working with IBM Lotus salespeople and business partners on learning the Notes/Domino business. IBM presents a series of in-depth "Top Gun" training classes for sellers:IBM Top Gun training is designed to increase sales, solutions, competitive and te...

Rob Novak has announced: Collaboration University 2008 registration has opened today. With a brand new website sprucing up the joint, we're all excited to begin the summer-long journey towards another successful and excellent conference on Lotus Quickr and Sametime. We're even adding some Lotus Conn...

The "Bluehouse" project team announced earlier today that Bluehouse.lotus.com is now open to North American customers who would like to participate in the managed beta program. The current functionality of "Bluehouse" is listed on their home page. The managed beta seeks to ensure that "Bluehouse...

Last week, LotusUserGroup.org published an interview with Bob Picciano, the new General Manager of IBM Lotus software. Debbie Lynd takes Picciano through a number of interesting topic areas, including marketing (of course), what collaboration means today, how Symphony is impacting the market, and g...

Back in September, the Support team blog wrote about a new diagnostic tool available, useful for analyzing NSDs and other files related to Domino crashes and hangs etc. Support just recently published an updated technote about the diagnostic tool, with the latest version now available through that...

Couple of travel destinations this week including Tuesday's Lotusphere Comes to You in Toronto, the last one on my spring tour. The venue is the Delta Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West. Something big must be going on in Toronto this week, though, as the only hotel option I could find for Monda...

Nice mention of Lotus Symphony in the mainstream press... Rob Tidrow, a computer programmer who has written several guides to using Microsoft Office, says that Symphony does not lack many features that even power users of Office need. Tidrow, who just finished writing "IBM Lotus Symphony for Dummie...

Over 300 attended today's Lotusphere Comes to You event in Istanbul. This was the first ever LCTY here -- in previous years, Lotus has participated in a SWG Forum event, but not a stand-alone Lotus event. Both of the reporters I interviewed with wanted to know, why now for an LCTY? The answer --...

There are a number of Admin2008 / Developer2008 wrap-up blog postings showing up -- Kevin Kanarski, Kevin Pettit, Jess Stratton, and many others. It was great to be a part of the event, if just for one day. Still, the real measure of success for a conference is what the attendees felt about it. T...

Some press coverage yesterday on Lotus Quickr Content Integrator...IBM Lotus Quickr Content Integrator provides wizards and templates for moving content in mass to Quickr from SharePoint sites, Microsoft Exchange folders, IBM Lotus Domino Document Manager libraries and IBM Lotus Domino team room app...

During Admin2008 here in Boston, I lead a birds-of-a-feather session yesterday called, "Sending a Message to Management: How to keep Lotus Notes and Domino in your Company". There were about 80 people in attendance... as I said at the start of the session, I considered the attendance a "win" becau...

James Dellow follows up on a Sam Lawrence thought regarding social productivity...It reminded me that many years ago I heard Dale Chatwin talk about the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a government organisations, as a Lotus Notes case study. A quick search actually turned up a case study (PDF) abou...

The Irish Lotus User Group has posted the agenda for the conference in Dublin on 4-6 June. It's great to see the breadth, depth, and expertise on the agenda. I know a lot of people seem to think that Alan and I are the same person, but I've never been in four places at once... Looks like we've...

I'll be at Admin2008 in Boston on Thursday, May 1. My presence there is two-fold -- leading a Birds-of-a-Feather and participating in the always-popular Meet the Experts. The Birds-of-a-Feather Session is entitled, "Sending a Message to Management: How to keep Lotus Notes and Domino in your Compan...

The Lotus Quickr team has been working to create a separate download package for Quickr Entry 8.1. That package is now available on Passport Advantage, under the e-assembly part number of CR72XEN. Happy downloading!...

Steve and I (with a shadow role by Mr. Lepofsky) played a fun game today with Tweetscan -- reading various gripes from Lotus Notes users posted to Twitter. There were a lot of them! Just looking at the last few days, there are some people who are very unhappy with their use of Notes. and...

Rocky caught a Notes cameo on the US TV show CSI last night...right at the beginning, just after the show's intro credits, CSI Willow sends Grissom some photos from her iPhone. Grissom is at home sick, and he opens his laptop, and then his email, and there it is - Lotus Notes! I think it is Notes 7....

Used to be daily routine

April 20 2008

I have much to catch up on from last week. One blast from the past happened at the Lotusphere Comes to You in Milwaukee. One of the attendees approached me after my first session, and I thought that I had probably met him before. It turns out that it was Chris, who was one of my first customers w...

eWeek comments on the Lotus performance during Q1....IBM quietly promoted Lotus Software Group General Manager Mike Rhodin two weeks before his division reported a 17 percent year-over-year increase in first-quarter earnings April 16. ... Ovum Research analyst Steve Hodgkinson wrote April 3 that...

LotusOnRedHat.com

April 16 2008

Looks like Red Hat has launched a cool site highlighting Lotus solutions atop Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Link: LotusOnRedHat.com...

Catching up on blog reading after being out of the office for a few days. Looks like a bit of a frustration meme going around.. Nathan Freeman writes, "The Masters of Derision", in which he assesses IBM's latest television advertising:Because they're targeting management by advertising on The Mas...

Ian has been blogging the Lotusphere Comes to You events in England, and now steps back to reflect on those as well as the change of Lotus general manager:It is clear from even the most casual observation to see that the funds now being invested in product development are at a rate not seen for a de...

Over at the Lotus Connections blog, Suzanne Minassian has been busy posting a new series of videos demonstrating Lotus Connections features. There are two available so far, including this one on Activities:...

It seems like a few of the Lotus bloggers are examining their roots in Lotus Notes. I think this is a good meme type of topic...think we will all learn a lot about each other if we share. My start was pretty simple. In 1993, I was working at US Robotics, and our application development team was c...

My third appearance at the Detroit Notes Professionals meeting was earlier today... and it felt just like the last two. Same (full) room at same IBM location, a number of long-time community members and IBMers. There's not much point in blogging about my presentation -- you need only look at Ray B...

Yes, earlier today, TechTarget managed to send a fourth e-mail to SearchDomino subscribers advertising how a particular vendor can help you migrate off Lotus Notes to "modern platforms", claimingmigration off Lotus Notes applications improves ROI, speeds application deployment, and minimizes disrupt...

Additional dates and locations for Lotusphere Comes to You 2008 have been announced, mainly in the US and Canada. See www.lotus.com/lcty for details. Some of these are regional IBM events, and others are organized and led by business partners. Toronto will still be added, in May, just not finali...

A very long but successful day at the Intercontinental Chicago yesterday. Enjoyed meeting so many of you (think there was one or two that I didn't get to) throughout the day. John Head has an excellent summary, I wanted to add a few observations: My "aha!" moment of the day was asking the audienc...

The news is out about Quickr 8.1 -- planned availability (eGA) on 28 March in English...IBM Lotus Quickr 8.1 is team software that helps you access and share information and project materials that you need to get the job done, and to make better, more informed decisions. Lotus Quickr Standard provid...

A case study highlighting use of Notes/Domino 8, Sametime, and Quickr...Although the company's Nutra-Flo Protein and Biotech Products division has a reputation for quality and innovation that extends around the world, its IT systems were ill-prepared for the demands of global business. "As a medium-...

Announced last week, big recognition across-the-board in IBM, with specific awards in the Lotus brand:IBM took home an armful of trophies, including awards for Program and Support in Collaboration Software; Technical and Overall winner in Data and Information Management; Technical, Program and Suppo...

Last week's Lotusphere Comes to You event in San Francisco was really fantastic. We had great attendance -- they had to bring three additional rows of chairs in during the keynote -- and great content. I was pleased to see the number of west coast partners that showed up, not just as exhibitors bu...

Cool news coming out of the Rochester Institute of Technology today...IBM today announced the launch of the first software Innovation and Collaboration Lab on the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus in Rochester, N.Y., where future software developers will work on 21st century enterprise...

The US General Services Administration is highlighted in Federal Computer Week:The General Services Administration saved more than $1 million when it installed an agencywide instant-messaging system. Casey Coleman, GSA's chief information officer, said those saving are an example of the benefits o...

Announced in Europe yesterday...IBM has teamed up with partners in Austria and Poland to offer Microsoft-free personal computers for the eastern European market, IBM said in a statement on Tuesday. International Business Machines Corp said it was offering the PCs based on the open-source Linux ope...

Thank you to Chris for giving an in-progress update on the first virtual Redbook residency...In a word, great! We, the first remote residency team, have already established an effective way to collaborate with each other as well as "as a whole" - by utilizing Lotus Greenhouse and Sametime Unyte. We'...

An interview with our own Chris Blatnick on what it means to be an employee evangelist...We think you will be astonished at the passion, energy and commitment that Chris has put into promoting Lotus Notes. not those of us who know him.... While I loved helping people internally, I always felt there...

Having just flown over the emerald island, I could see how anxious the Irish are about this... Registration is open for the June meeting of the Irish Lotus User Group. The last couple of years have sold out quickly.... almost feels like Lotusphere of years ago. The organisers' blogs are all anno...

An interesting and balanced viewpoint on Lotus Symphony, six months after its introduction. Mike Rhodin is interviewed, and explains several of the reasons why Symphony is attractive to the marketplace now. The article seems to convey that "time will tell", which is a fair view to take of Symphony...

The team running the Irish Lotus Users Group has been making steady progress towards this year's event, 4 to 6 June 2008. As the site hints in the sponsorship information, a large number of speakers have indicated we'll be there -- and the list is growing. The call for abstracts went out last week...

Then and now, episode 2

February 6 2008

One of the most high-profile, public discussions of customers migrating away from Lotus Notes has been the saga of Accenture. In April, 2001, CRN ran a story entitled, "Zollar Challenges Microsoft In Bid To Keep Accenture Business". By mid-2002, Accenture had announced their migration. The case s...

Another good analysis coming out of Lotusphere....If Lotus can tap into the web 2.0 zeitgeist and harness the present wave of collaboration tools visible on the internet in a way that can be rolled out to corporate customers then it will be the undisputed leader of the next wave of corporate technol...

BleedYellow.com

January 18 2008

Looks like the cat is out of the bag... Lotus911 has launched a Loutus community implementation of Connections at www.bleedyellow.com. Very cool and from a brief look at other blogs, already very popular! I think it's interesting that the site is called bleedyellow and not dyeyellow....

Gee, do you think this might be related to stuff going on at Lotusphere? (that's a clever way of saying, "lots more about this on Monday!"):IBM today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Net Integration Technologies Inc., a Toronto, Canada-based, privately held company that offers a com...

Engadget has picked up the story from earlier this week around Lotus support for the iPhone. What's more interesting is the comments, where Andrew Pollack is winning fans and influencing people through a single-handed effort to fight the trolls. Nice job, Andrew, and great to see the Engadget crow...

Looks like the first of many pre-Lotusphere stories to hit the streets... E-mail software from IBM Corp. will be available on Apple Inc. iPhones and iPod Touch devices under a new partnership that brings together two big rivals of Microsoft Corp. IBM plans a formal announcement of the Lotus Notes e...

NotesBerry.org

January 9 2008

Great to see another community resource get underway over the last few days. Run by Bill Buchan, Jason Hook, Paul Mooney, and Mike Smith, NotesBerry.org is designed to be a resource for Domino and Blackberry users -- and there are more than a few of us out here :). One key is that the focus isn'...

Since it went live a few weeks ago, PlanetLotus.org has become my top-visited site every day (yes, even more than perezhilton.com). Many of you have expressed similar excitement about the site,. Our fearless Taking Notes podcasters decided it was time to discuss it with creator Yancy Lent, and jus...

Paul Mooney addresses a topic that has been buzzing for a few days....The [Irish Lotus Users Group, ILUG] event is from the 4th-6th June in Dublin Ireland. The event will be held here. This, of course conflicts with DNUG [German Notes Users Group] in the summer. So, did we do it o...

Planet Lotus

December 20 2007

Speaking of Lotus community bloggers, Yancy Lent has been quietly building a site that many of us have been trying to come up with for some time...an aggregator of Lotus community blogs. planetlotus.org, which I found through referrers to this site, is a very impressive approach to watching the com...

Not shrugging at Atlas

December 18 2007

News from the Lotus Connections team...IBM announced the availability today of a new corporate social networking visualization and analysis tool aimed at helping users better navigate their personal and corporate social networks. IBM's Atlas for Lotus Connections will allow users to identify key e...

As announced yesterday on the Symphony website... beta 3 is now available. The beta 3 focus was to get language support enabled -- over the next several weeks, Symphony beta 3 will be available in 23 additional languages. There are additional features in beta 3, performance improvements, and suppo...

With friends like these...Modernizing Lotus Notes applications is fraught with difficulties, complex decisions, and considerable expense. However, with the right approach, migration off Lotus Notes applications improves ROI, speeds application deployment, and minimizes disruption to users - while pr...

From time to time, I'm asked whether/when other Lotus product groups will join the IBM blogging community. The Lotus Connections team has had online presence since before the product shipped -- through efforts like the Lotus Greenhouse and the Paxos project for Lotus business partners. Tonight, an...

Empire State readers might want to be in Albany next Friday, the 7th, for the New York Capital District Lotus User Group meeting. Details here...

Good case study of a Notes-based intranet deployment in New Zealand that added key functions like people finder, leave requests, RFI process and more to a 650-employee organization."We wanted an intranet that everybody would use and view every day, and we needed workflow as well," says [Siggy ...

To go along with the beta 2 announcement, you'll find two videos about Lotus Symphony posted on YouTube. The first one talks about some of the motivations behind Symphony evaluation at various customers, and the second is a Ron Sebastian demonstration of Symphony (posted a few weeks ago, but worth...

Symphony beta 2 is being officially announced today... some early coverage:Lotus general manager Mike Rhodin said that more than 250,000 copies of the software's Beta 1 version have been downloaded. "We've been getting very widespread response to this initiative," Rhodin told InternetNews.com. "The...

The channel announcement highlights some of the updates in the new version of Lotus Connections, which is planned for electronic availability on November 16: Expanded support for more operating systems, more browsers, and more directories, so you can easily deploy and integrate social software acro...

In the Lotus strategy section of the presentations I've been giving this week, one of the slides that I've been spending a lot of time on is how technology trends are changing. A specific talking point on there is really interesting -- how "communities are forming both inside and outside the f...

Well, it was available yesterday, but I forgot to hit "save" on the blog entry...We just made the Lotus Symphony Beta 2 release available from our download site. Be one of the first to try out this new release and let us know what you think. ... Remember to un-install previous versions of Lotus Symp...

People I met today...

November 5 2007

Today I met... A customer with a constituency where a gmail/hotmail kind of model would be appropriate to serve a huge population of users... Customers and partners at an event where 95% of the registrants showed up -- whilst they were only expecting the usual 50-60%...(and the establishment did...

The Lotus España team has posted a useful eight-minute video demonstration of the Lotus collaboration story en español. Covers all products including Notes 8, Connections, and Sametime -- but more importantly, covers them from the perspective of an end-user, rather than product-by-product. Find t...

The AP follows up on their story from earlier in the week...Comcast has repeatedly denied blocking any Internet application, including "peer-to-peer" file-sharing programs like BitTorrent, which the AP used in its nationwide tests. On Tuesday, Mitch Bowling, senior vice president of Comcast Online...

The team at Teamstudio has started a group blog on Lotus Notes and IT governance. Some good topics already being discussed, such as this one:Then the other day I was speaking with another customer who had 8,000 databases (not counting mail files). Not so impressive you may think. However, they only...

A Quickr pickr uppr

October 22 2007

Still love that line, which Art Thomas coined when we announced Quickr.... Anyway, today there's a new Quickr promotion running in the US and Canada (only -- no other countries have implemented this promotion, so, well, don't ask :-). Now through December 31st, 2007, customers buying 25 Lotus N...

Another update from the front lines...We started getting reports from some of our users last week that large e-mail transfers via Lotus Notes were once again working on the Comcast network. I did some testing this weekend and every upload was successful. So it would seem the filtering, at least for...

It seems the story is much bigger than thought when Kevin Kanarski first wrote about it.Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally. The i...

The IdeaJam

October 18 2007

It's been a couple of days since Bruce Elgort and Elguji software announced their project, the IdeaJam and "Elguji Ideas" software. There was obviously quite a conga line of congrats and good tidings in the community following the announcement. My silence was not meant to convey anything other tha...

IBM Lotus is highlighted on the homepage of ZDNet.co.uk, including links to a white paper on Unified Communications and collaboration solutions. Right above that link, about halfway down on the middle of the page, there's an embedded video. No direct link to it, but once you find it and click, you...

Concluding a long trip and realizing... I won't be at home tomorrow, either! Tomorrow is the Chicago edition of the Lotus Collaboration Summit, in the way-cool venue of the Field Museum! (I have no idea where the sessions actually take place, and whether Sue will be looking over my shoulder during...

Lotus Notes 8.0.1 video

October 12 2007

As already blogged today by Alan Lepofsky, Ron Sebastian has created a video showing some of the new features in Notes 8.0.1, now posted to YouTube. What Alan didn't mention is how quickly this happened -- I think I saw the first request to create such a video yesterday. Ron just went and did it....

When in Rome...

October 10 2007

...well, you know the line. A bigger-than-expected turnout for today's Lotus Collaboration Summit here, somewhere above 250. I think we had the right pacing going with the translation, and the team made some adjustments to the plenary session to keep it interesting. Lunch was better today -- the...

Announced today:Effective on the [U.S.-formatted] dates listed below, IBM will withdraw support from the following product releases licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement: 5724-E70 6.5.[x] 4/30/09 IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 55724-E89 6.5. ...

Molto bene in Milano

October 8 2007

Over 500 attended today's Lotus Collaboration Summit in Milan, filling the auditorium, eating the lunch buffet's entire stock of delicious prosciutto and smoked salmon, and generally having a great event. I had the opportunity to present the Lotus strategy as well as the Notes/Domino 8 update....

My colleague Joel Demay has posted a 15-minute online end-user demonstration of Notes 8 with narration en français. Mais oui! Lotus Notes 8.0 Demo - Part 1 - IntroductionUploaded by jdemay...

Getting from the airport to downtown in Minneapolis via the light rail is one of the easiest and most pleasant airport-to-town journeys anywhere in the US. I also can't think of any other major US city that has adopted the no-entry-gate approach to a rail line. A full and busy day ahead, culminati...

As I speculated...IBM said Wednesday that the beta version of its free Lotus Symphony productivity software has been downloaded more than 100,000 times since the company made it available on the Internet a week ago. IBM said the number represents a record for software downloaded from its Web site....

Following last week's Lotus Collaboration Summit in New York, there have been many updates to the Lotus Collaboration Summit online website. One of the useful new sections is the "Demo Diner": The Diner is a convenient place to access all the current Lotus product demonstrations. At present, th...

Computerworld has a story summarizing various bloggers' reactions to and reviews of Lotus Symphony. While testers praised Symphony's slick interface, they also said the software, which is still in beta, has performance and feature-set problems. Users reported that Symphony starts up and runs slowly,...

Lotus Redbooks

September 23 2007

I've been debating over breakfast whether to say anything about the burgeoning "Lotus Redbooks are dead" buzz in the Lotus blogging community. I've read the postings by Carl Tyler, Christopher Byrne, Stuart McIntyre, vowe, Tom Duff, and Ben Poole. When something is that prominent in the community,...

It's been a pretty impressive week for the launch of Lotus Symphony. While that may have overshadowed some of the other big Lotus news this week, it's great to see the headlines and awareness. When friends and neighbors start asking about your products, you know awareness is making its way into th...

Several events over the next few weeks. On Wednesday next week, September 26th, I'll in Grand Rapids for the Western Michigan Lotus Users Group meeting. Should be arriving at about 10 AM for an update on all things Notes/Domino. The subsequent Wednesday, October 3, I'll be in Minneapolis for a me...

Irwin Lazar of Nemertes Research comments on today's Lotus Symphony announcement:I've yet to see a feature comparison between Symphony and Microsoft Office, but assuming there is a roughly equal set of features, it will be very difficult to get enterprises to pay of Office when they can use Symphony...

I have a new-found respect for the Lotusphere keynote/opening general session team. Today, our "casting call" was at 6:30 AM (I might, perhaps, possibly have arrived more like 6:45). I was told, oh, that's nothing, for Lotusphere it is more like 5 AM! Wow! In a 2+ hour keynote, there was a lot...

I've just discovered that I won't have live Internet access during the keynote of today's Lotus Collaboration Summit. So, I'm drafting wifi now, before our guests arrive, to give some updates. There are a half-dozen new announcements this morning, with Symphony already out and in the press. I'll...

The first press release from Tuesday's Lotus Collaboration Summit has hit the wire. IBM is announcing today the release of Lotus Symphony, "a suite of free software tools for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets and presentations." Symphony is available starting today at ibm.com/lotus/symp...

I'm really looking forward to the next two days -- I'll be in New York for the Lotus Collaboration Summit on Tuesday. Featuring key speakers such as IBM's Steve Mills and Mike Rhodin, along with Forrester's Erica Driver and a panel of customers, this should be a fantastic set of speeches, demonstra...

Kevin Kanarski recently started a blog, and one of his first entries posits a challenge his users are seeing:For the past couple of months our Lotus Notes users (myself included) have experienced dropped connections in Lotus Notes when sending e-mail with attachments from a Comcast Internet connecti...

A view of how one US agency is using collaborative tools like Lotus Connections to get work done...As the Internet blossoms into Web 2.0, some workers and managers are discovering new tools to cope with task and data overload: Flexible tools designed for the myriad challenges knowledge workers face,...

John Head has posted already covering my opening keynote, and is sitting in the back of the room typing away while Mary Beth Raven speaks on Notes 8....

Burnt ends

September 9 2007

Just back from dinner with some of the other speakers for this week's Collaboration University event in Kansas City. Thank you to Rob Novak/SNAPPS and Liz Novak for being gracious hosts and indulging the need for barbecue...Jack Stack was excellent. This is a busy week in the lead-up to the Septem...

I've been asked a number of times in the last week about upcoming Notes/Domino 8 events, and my schedule related to them. There is so much going on in September, I can't possibly cover everything.... but here's some to start: The Lotus Collaboration Summit events around the world are in full swin...

InternetNews.com's coverage of the Notes/Domino 8 release last week had some interesting stuff in it on Lotus's relevant position in the market. The reporter seems to have talked to several analysts about market share, each coming up with different answers. First, there's Gartner:Gartner estimate...

While I was on vacation last week, Alan gave some visibility to a "what is the future of Notes" discussion on LinkedIn. A few days later, it's worth taking another look at the end-result of that question and subsequent discussion. There's a typical two-camp dichotomy to the responses posted on Li...

In the not so distant past people stared all day at computer screens which only showed green or amber text. Then some really creative people came up with ASCII art. Remember the first time you saw :-) and someone had to tell you to tilt your head and look at it sideways! Next as graphical user...

Hi everyone. There is still time for you to register for the two Collaboration University events taking place in September. The web site lists the sessions, speakers, and more. These are going to be fantastic events. Unfortunately I (Alan, Ed will be there) can't attend, but you should!...

So here it goes, my first blog entry on the famous edbrill.com. For those of you that don't know me, my name is Alan Lepofsky and I work on the Lotus Strategy team. For my first post, I wanted something that would be very interactive. So, I am going to ask you, the community, to provide feedback on a slide that is used in the Lotus Strategy presentation....

I wasn't able to meet up with a number of customers during my pass through Cleveland on Monday. So, working with the local NEOLUG (Northeast Ohio Lotus User Group) leaders, we're arranging a meet and greet kind of thing for the evening of August 20, probably in Independence. If you are in NEOLUG,...

Lotus community bloggers Tom Duff and Gregg Eldred have gotten together and started a blog on a topic that is at the core of what the community stands for -- the notion of helping to promote the product by which we all make our living. Check it out at www.lotusviralmarketing.com. From their kickof...

Bruce kicked off a good discussion yesterday on the ISV market for Notes/Domino:Now if we turn our attention to "applications" such as help desk, ISO compliance, CRM etc. how many companies are purchasing these types of applications from ISV's? It seems from the discussions I have been having with m...

Michael Robinson brought this new website to my attention, one focused solely on Domino performance. Hope to see it develop into a useful community tool... Link: Fastnsf.com...

(About 50 updates in my Japan set on Flickr) What a great event! I spent more than three hours with this group...two hours in formal presentation and Q&A, and another hour while community members did demonstrations of everything from Notes V1 (yes, really) to some great Notes 8 composite appl...

As the jet lag clears, I'll have a few more important catch-up thoughts from Japan. For now, this entry on Michael Sampson's weblog seems worth some attention:On Thursday I met with Mark Bennett, the IT Manager for the New Zealand offices of a global organization. What's interesting about Mark is t...

I had a fantastic time yesterday in Osaka and Nagoya, though I was thoroughly exhausted at the end of the day. Much of what took place yesterday encapsulates what I love about working with and in the Japanese market, and being here in general. Yesterday evening, I participated in a roundtable eve...

As I've mentioned previously, Lotus and partners will be running a series of Lotus Collaboration Summit events during the second half of 2007. The media and product launch event will be September 18. Customer/partner events will be both before and after that date, so someone will win product roule...

The developerWorks Lotus team has launched a new Podcast page. Several of the podcats posted are application development sessions from Lotusphere 2007, as well as interviews with Carol Jones and the Notes 8 development team. Don't forget the other podcasts in the Notes community, such as Taking No...

As of this morning, 80 days in advance, they have 171 people registered! Great agenda for the day set out as well. Congratulations to the DominoPoint community. The Italian contingent might want to mark their calendars for the week of 8 October as well..regional launch events in both Roma and Mi...

As first reported on the Quickr Blog and the Connections Blog, both products are now available for download. There's also a great writeup about Quickr out today on CMSWire: IBM Drops an 'e', Goes Web 2.0 with Lotus Quickr (Thanks, Ed). An extensive view of the new release:In a timely move, the lar...

The Boston Globe follows up on last week's Enterprise 2.0 conference with thoughts about Lotus Connections and other social software in the enterprise:"It is the high-school- and college-age children of executives who are spreading the word," said Andrew MacAfee , a Harvard Business School associate...

Press coverage of Lotus Connections release continues..."Dogear for me as an IBM employee has completely replaced my habit of Googling for answers," said Lotus strategist Alan Lepofsky. "Now I go to Dogear and get maybe 40, 50 or 100 links that have already been vetted by the subject experts in my c...

With this week's press release announcing Lotus Quickr availaibility, and next week's release date, the Quickr machine is in motion. A great resource to keep track of it all is Stu McIntyre's Quickr Blog. He's covered just about everything this week. If you're into Quickr news, I also suggest you...

This completes the bingo card -- every analyst, big or small, in the messaging business (bar one) is projecting growth and positive direction for Lotus Notes and Domino... even former doubters...- Despite an upsurge in open-source and hosted competitors, IBM Corp.'s Lotus Notes corporate e-mail clie...

InfoWorld's Ephraim Schwartz on the market impact of Lotus Quickr and Connections announcements, including quotes from Gartner's Dave Cearley:All of this could potentially have an impact on network traffic, bandwidth, and storage, but that is not the largest issue IT faces, according to David Cearle...

Computerworld covers the announcement of Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections, both shipping next week:As part of a new "Web 2.0 Goes to Work" initiative, the IBM tools will bring popular consumer Web 2.0 technologies like blogs, wikis and social networks to the enterprise, said Rod Smith, IBM's vice...

I've been tracking a few upcoming European opportunities over the last few days. One follows out of last week's successful Deutsche Notes Users Group meeting. The Lotus Offensive 2007 highlights the effort the IBM Lotus team in Germany is putting into the upcoming Notes/Domino, Quickr, and Connect...

For the last two weeks, most of my working hours have been in customer engagements or related activities. It almost feels like the rush to the end of the year business close, perhaps even having something to do with June being Microsoft's fiscal calendar close. Major travel challenges mix in addit...

If you missed the Lotus mid-year update with Mike Rhodin, Ken Bisconti, and Jeff Schick, an audio replay of the event is now online on ibm.com. We are still working on some of the unanswered or follow-up questions, and I'll update as when/how/where those get posted....

On yesterday's Lotus executive mid-year update, Mike Rhodin and Jeff Schick both mentioned the Lotus Greenhouse. Greenhouse is self-described as:Lotus Greenhouse is your platform to experience and influence the direction of the latest software tools and technologies that are being developed by IBM....

Thank you to the hundreds of Lotus customers and partners (and a few competitors!) who tuned in to today's Lotus mid-year update web event. This was a first try at something new for us, and it went very well from all perspectives. Anyone concern that the event would just be "talking heads" ended p...

Several bloggers in the last few weeks have written on the notion of Domino versus SharePoint. It may have started from a posting I did last month, examining the propaganda in Redmond Channel Partner Online that severely lacked for business issues. In almost every case where I have been involved i...

CRN interviews a number of Lotus partners on the opportunities ahead with Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr, and Lotus Sametime:When it comes to moving "social networking" wares into the more restricted corporate environment, IBM may have the edge over other vendors, some pundits and solution provider...

Only a few days remain before Tuesday's Lotus Executive Panel. Mike Rhodin, Ken Bisconti, and Jeff Schick will provide brief progress reports on new Lotus products and solutions, followed by a live question/answer session. I will be moderating the event, and will get my first look at questions sub...

As evidence of the ongoing renewal of focus on Notes/Domino, I've occasionally pointed to the work being spearheaded by Bob Balaban. Like Mary Beth Raven before him, it's been impressive to see the ramp-up of interactivity on his blog. Clearly, the passion in the community that has resulted in all...

At last week's Irish Lotus Users Group meeting, Bruce Elgort announced his retirement from OpenNTF.org. Bruce and Nathan Freeman created an open-source movement around Lotus Notes and Domino applications several years ago. Many others have been involved since, and OpenNTF has come to represent bot...

Looks like the Irish Lotus User Group meeting last Thursday/Friday was a huge success. Over 250 attendees, great speakers, and some fun surprises. Wish I could have been there. Thank you and congratulations to the conference organisers Paul Mooney, Eileen Fitzgerald, Warren and Kitty Elsmore, Bil...

A few more new case studies have been posted to ibm.com... Borregaard -- Norwegian company implements Notes/Domino after also evaluating Exchange/Outlook. Using Sametime as well as SAP integration with Notes. Fabbrica Tessuti Elastici Besana -- Italian small business saves Eur 30,000 by implementi...

On the cusp of launching Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr, and Lotus Notes and Domino 8, IBM will host an on-line executive panel session to discuss these pending releases. Attend this panel to hear IBM executives Mike Rhodin, Ken Bisconti, and Jeff Schick discuss these exciting new products. Jus...

IBM released pricing and packaging information today about IBM Lotus Connections. The announcement indicates the planned electronic general availability date is June 29, 2007. IBM Lotus Connections V1.0 empowers users to share and refine innovative ideas and helps you execute tasks more quickly by...

A retrospective in honor of this weekend's 25th anniversary party for Lotus...For the Loti, the old days were a time when Lotus was one of the hottest software companies around -- and an exceptionally pleasant place to earn a living. Benefits and perks that were unusually generous for the 1980s and...

Several weeks ago, Lotus Support announced a series of new "Best Practices" guides for Notes/Domino. The new Lotus Support blog indicates that six additional guides have been published in the last few weeks...and I'm going to shamelessly steal their table: Domino Best Practices Date published...

IT-Director.com has an entry from Dale Vile, Research Director at Freeform Dynamics. His article covers the new Lotus products such as Connections, and IBM's efforts to bring these to market.[E]arly indications are that the significant R&D investment IBM has made in the areas we have be...

Just catching up on my case study reading... Catholic Life Insurance -- Domino Utility Server Express for content management Hospitales Nisa -- Notes/Domino for mail and quality management Meggle Group -- Notes/Domino migration from Groupwise for messaging and CRM from GEDYS Intraware Oxford Chemi...

The Lotus Museum

May 1 2007

Now this is really cool... There's a ton of "old Lotus" stuff on there, and it takes the paradigm of a museum into the online world really effectively (named "collections", visiting hours)....just needs a "gift shop" now. In the process of some house spring cleaning, I just came across the vid...

A whole web page of content covering today's newly announced Lotus Messaging and Collaboration Express starter packs. There's lots more, too, including a flyer and the channel announcement, which will be posted on Tuesday (the 1st). Visit ibm.com/lotus/smb for more details, or directly on the ge...

IBM PartnerWorld starts up live today in St. Louis, and there's a lot of Lotus lovin' on tap for this event. Here are some things to watch for out of the gate...I'll add links and updates later today. First, aside from a keynote from Sam Palmisano, ZZ Top will be there. What more could you ask fo...

Man are there a lot of upcoming big Notes/Domino events. Wish I could do them all, but I'm running out of pages in my passport... The Scottish Notes Users Group meeting is coming up next week. Great stuff on the agenda. The Kelros customer case study sounds very interesting... The Irish Lotus U...

As you might have heard over at Adam Gartenberg's blog, Sametime 7.5.1 is now shipping, with a host of new goodies. I know a lot of you are looking for the trial version -- that's planned to be posted in about three weeks. You can also find tons of detail on the updated website on ibm.com/lotus/st...

Lotus has launched a new ISV initiative, including a new section of the website (partnerwithlotus) and the IBM Collaborative Application Development Forum.Whether you are currently an IBM Business Partner, or looking at joining our community, the IBM Collaboration Continuum (detailed below) is for y...

Australia's Griffith University deploys Sametime...In an effort to facilitate collaboration with third parties, Griffith University in Queensland has started a messaging and groupware upgrade for its 6000 staff and postgraduate research students. The university's manager of identity and messaging...

There are some recurring themes that I hear when I talk to customers about Lotus, Notes/Domino, and the marketplace. One that comes up frequently is a view that Lotus is "nowhere" in the SMB market, and need to do things differently to gain more share in that space. I often point out in response t...

A balanced view of the opportunity to take social networking into the business environment. IBM's Steve Mills and Alistair Rennie are quoted, along with Gartner and IDC. Here's Mills:IBM is stopping short of entering the consumer market, however. Steven A. Mills , the IBM senior vice president and...

Eleven cities upcoming for Lotus open labs events in May/June...Lotus Open Labs is an education experience for customers, business partners and IBMers. It is a chance to sit down at a PC and "test-drive" software that you don't have or play with features of a product in a controlled environment. We...

Earlier today, Rob Novak announced the 2007 editions of Collaboration University. Did I say editions? Why yes, I did! This year, there are two flavours of CU, each held in two locations. Looking for CU for Quickr and Sametime? CU2007 will cover Quickr/Sametime in Kansas City and London events...

As Lotusphere Comes to You events continue, Lotus has also started to take the event virtual. Several presentations are available for download, and live presentations will be delivered in a series of webinars, starting with Sametime next week. Cool stuff. Link: Lotusphere Comes to You Online...

This article is cool both as a trip down memory lane, but also as validation of one's geek cred. I count having used more than half of these products, including an absolute mandatory load of PC Tools DOS every time I booted my Zenith 8088, being physically ill after playing Doom for the first tim...

No April Fool's...Rob Novak announces an exciting component of Lotus Quickr 8 on his blog:IBM has contracted with Design Partner SNAPPS to accelerate the development of eleven new templates ("placetypes" in Lotus Quickr terms) that will be available free to licensed Lotus Quickr users. Each of them...

The developerWorks Lotus security page lists a few new technotes -- a Domino Web Access cross-site scripting issue, and LDAP and IMAP buffer overflow issues. All issues were fixed in Domino 6.5.6 and Domino 7.0.2 or 7.0.2 FP1....

One IBM System i to do it all...3Com and IBM have pulled together a converged set of IP telephony, email, messaging, and business apps, all running on IBM's System-i -- the AS400, as it used to be called. The duo say it allows Lotus Sametime users to make voice calls by clicking on IM contacts, fo...

Sounds like Lotus Connections is coming in the right market space at the right time...It's all about integration and security," said Oliver Young, an analyst at the Cambridge, Mass.-based research firm. "They trust Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and SAP. They're running half of their enterprise applications...

The last planned maintenance release for Notes/Domino 6.5.x, release 6.5.6, is scheduled for later today. This is primarily a bug fix release, but it also includes 6.5 support for Lotus Notes access for SAP Solutions. No end of service date has been set for Notes/Domino 6.5. After the 6.5.6 main...

Last week, vowe wrote about a request to IBM to donate some Lotus Notes licenses to Sternenbrücke children's hospice in Hamburg, Germany. Unfortunately, the original request was turned down. One week later, after some a few e-mails, vowe's follow-up has good news (translated):The Lotus boss in Ge...

We had a really successful event today at the IBM offices in Petach Tivka. OK, so it took me 70 minutes by taxi to get there (vs. a 15 minute ride back), but no matter. Over 100 customers and partners attended, very good turnout. The local team made a deliberate decision to bill the event with...

CRN's Barbara Darrow blogs about an upcoming Lotus "reunion"...If you miss Lotus--well its parties anyway--there's a doozy coming up. On May 12, some venerable alums are hosting a soiree on the River Charles. The Hyatt actually. So get yourself a ticket (They're not cheap at 100 clams.) For that y...

Different regions take different approaches to "Lotusphere Comes to You" events....To underscore the user-friendly message, the MC at the Auckland event, where the atmosphere was decidedly upbeat, played the comedian, and speakers threw out T-shirts and other goodies to the audience, as Jonathan Ste...

Lotus Support has published a series of technotes documenting key Notes/Domino best practices. Great stuff!Below is a list of articles that every Notes/Domino application designer, administrator, and IT manager should read, regardless of their responsibilities. In addition, the following links take...

I suppose this needs a bit of an irony tag vs. my previous posting... anyway, if your organization is upgrading or testing Windows Vista, IBM has now published a technote related to running Lotus Notes on Vista.What versions of Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino Administrator and Lotus Domino Designer will s...

(Note: I wrote this on Friday, didn't get around to uploading the presentation until Sunday evening...thus the date/time on the posting. ERB) After three straight days of presenting the overall Lotus story, I've been thinking a lot about the messages that are in the Lotusphere Comes to You keynote...

Bob Balaban has posted a guest blog on Rocky's lotusgeek.com. Bob is looking for feedback on the use of the LSX Toolkit for Notes/Domino: (edited for clarity in the quote)We may really have an opportunity to "fix" the LSX Toolkit . I'd like to know a few things: 1. Who is using some version of...

None other than Bill Buchan is a co-speaker here at Triangle's Lotusphere Comes to You event today. Before the day kicked off, he showed me the registration database for the May Irish Lotus Users Group event. There are now over 150 registered delegates!!! (= "attendees" for Americans) They ar...

Sub-capacity

February 26 2007

A topic I was asked about during Lotusphere was sub-capacity licensing for Domino. The license terms for Lotus Domino require that you license based on the number of processor value units associated with the server hardware you run Domino on. Increasingly, because of virtualization techniques or...

The Lotus Partner Forum

February 23 2007

For over a dozen years, Lotus has connected with a community of business partners through a Notes discussion database called the Partner Forum. As described on the "communities" section of IBM developerWorks:The Partner Forum is a peer-to-peer discussion forum for IBM Business Partners who are focu...

Canadian publication IT Business takes a look at the Connections and Quickr announcements coming out of Lotusphere... They also got favourable marks from Mark Durst, president of Interchange Solutions of Markham, Ont., a Lotus solutions provider that makes Salesplace, a CRM plug-in for Lotus Notes....

A press release on the wire today...1150 users...To meet the needs of Kofola's rapidly growing employee base, the company needed to purchase a customized IT solution for its internal networks to facilitate highly secure sharing of sensitive documents and operational information and fast communicatio...

A very impressive third Irish Lotus Notes User Group has been announced for 24-25 May 2007 in Dublin. I wish I could attend again, as Paul Mooney, Eileen Fitzgerald, and everyone else have put together a fantastic agenda. It's so big, they've expanded it to two days. Look at all these great speak...

Check out the latest video from Lotus marketing......

I didn't get a chance to cover this announcement from yesterday due to a bit of a 24-hour-bug....IBM has a new open client offering that runs on Linux, Microsoft Windows and, later this year, the Apple Macintosh, and which is supported by services from IBM, Red Hat and Novell. ... "This is a cross...

vowe reports (auf Deutsch) that edcom has sold out their third edcom Nachlese, coming up this week in Munich. I spoke at the 2005 edition of this conference, and it's only gotten bigger and better since. The speakers are among the top technical experts in the German-speaking countries, and the att...

Subject says it all...Stuart has created a great source for early information about Quickr....We will aim to cover: * news, gossip and announcements relating to Quickr (and its predecessor Lotus Quickplace) * technical information (as details become available) that will aid adoption and implementati...

Susan Bulloch has posted a ton of additional information about the upcoming daylight savings time issues and how they can affect Notes over on www.notesgoddess.net. She's got links to downloadable agents, Blackberry-related information, and more. Over on Dominoblog.com, Rob Ingram has posted links...

A provocative headline -- but a great article, with another analyst confirming Lotus's position back on offense...The key message that I drew from Lotusphere is that Lotus really does seem to be getting some significant traction in the market. There is a mindset among many in the messaging and colla...

Alan alerted me to several interesting job postings from the Notes and Domino development teams.... Software Engineer - Eclipse/SWT Software Engineer - Calendaring/Scheduling Senior Software Engineer - Domino performance Senior Software Engineer - Domino availability Advisory QE Engineer - Domino...

Somewhere in the midst of Lotusphere, the Domino server development team asked me if I could help get the word out on their survey. The team is very interested in gathering "real-world" data about how you run your Domino environment. Conveniently, Kathleen McGivney posted the Domino administrati...

Roberto has recovered from jet lag enough to contribute some additional insight into Lotus Connections on the "yellow is the new black" group blog...The announcement was well received by the Lotusphere attendees and by the analysts, but I have the feeling that it has not been fully understood by eve...

Zoli Erdos encapsulates the discussion all over the blogosphere about IBM's entry into social networking software:Group-thinking, collaboration is as important as ever, not only to enable individuals co-create better, but also, as a secondary effect to preserve knowledge - should the individual leav...

...but I am really, really proud of what the Lotus team accomplished in 2006, especially the last quarter....

A new 14-page brochure highlighting the success many companies have had from adopting Lotus Notes and Domino is now available. Some great customers in there like DaimlerChrysler, HSBC, and Fujifilm. Check it out!...

Tony Patton takes a look at various integration methods between Lotus Domino and MS SharePoint...Recently, we received a call from a client about migrating existing Domino data to a new SharePoint installation. It was a questionable proposal, given the client's large Domino installation. We asked qu...

A very detailed interview with Lotus general manager Mike Rhodin. Mike covers a lot of ground, including the Notes 7.0.2 release, plans for 2007, objectives for the Notes/Domino 8 release, how developers and IT professionals can get excited about Lotus, and new technologies such as social networkin...

Texxi: A cool Domino app

December 21 2006

I got a note the other day from the nice people at Texxi, letting me know that their business is running on Notes/Domino. Pretty cool stuff -- their system lets taxi passengers aggregate themselves for shared rides, yet reap the benefit of having an on-demand service. They feel like it is an esp...

Rocky picked this up last week, but since some seem to think it's unusual to see Outlook users migrate to Notes, I thought I'd highlight it here:Soon, the airline will roll out IBM Corp.'s Lotus Notes groupware to its sales operation in the U.S. and Canada, which had previously been using Microsoft...

Proud parents Bruce and Nathan have both pinged me that today is the fifth anniversary of when they started OpenNTF.org. Wow! There is no question that OpenNTF has been a hugely positive influence on the Lotus Notes marketplace and community. OpenNTF applications have had thousands of download...

Bah, humbug

December 20 2006

In my e-mail today -- An e-mail from a customer (via a partner) asking if the rumor is true that IBM is going to stop supporting the Notes client after release 8. No, the rumor is not true. IBM has made public commitments to two subsequent releases after that. There's a whitepaper that has be...

The official release date is a couple of weeks away, but starting today, you can download Notes 7.0.2 for Macintosh. Background and details in this lotus.com interview with Mike Mottola and Jason Dumont:Mottola reports that Mac customers in the Lotus Notes 7.0.2 Beta program have provided tremendou...

Thank you, western Canada!

December 14 2006

Over the last 45 days, I've met with over 100 Canadian customers and business partners across Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, and Calgary. This morning here in Calgary even surprised me -- we had about 10 more people turn up than had registered for the event. I always learn something from the Q&am...

Another merger/acquisition story goes in favor of Lotus Notes...Microsoft's Exchange collaboration platform will no longer be used by Amalgamated Holdings (AHL), as the diversified Australian company has started standardising its operations on IBM's rival software Lotus Notes. ... "Half the busines...

Western Canada this week

December 10 2006

Just a reminder, I'll be speaking at IBM-hosted customer events this week in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon/evening, Victoria on Wednesday afternoon, and Calgary on Thursday morning. I have heard from several readers who I look forward to meeting this week. For details on location and to RSVP, sen...

The Domino team blog features a new article with some long-sought details about the new features in Domino 8:Today, we start a series of reports on some of the new features of Domino 8 to whet your appetite to learn more (plug - to get you all to come to Lotusphere). We'll begin with an overview of...

Always good to see such positive case studies come from the "day jobs" of bloggers in the community....Warren Elsmore, Technical Director of BE Systems, explains: "With clustering, Norbord could run Lotus Domino across a number of servers, to improve load balancing. This would help ensure high avail...

IBM developerWorks: Lotus has its second Domino-based weblog going...This blog is intended to focus on the quality and consumability of software in general, and on IBM Workplace Portal and Collaborative (WPLC) software in particular. "WPLC" covers all Lotus branded software plus WebSphere Portal. Th...

Fans of David Allen's "Getting Things Done" methodology will be pleased to see the GTD and Lotus Notes implementation guide. I know that many GTD fans find that GTD and Notes go hand-in-hand, now there's a guide to doing it. Eric says:If you use Lotus Notes and the GTD methodology, you'll be pleas...

Over 800 pages of knowledge and wisdom, for those organizations consolidating, considering a migration, and examining the future in collaboration:This IBM Redbook presents the strategic and market benefits of IBM Lotus Domino over Microsoft Exchange and provides an overview of the tools and strategi...

Nice win from down under...Monash University has selected IBM Lotus software to improve collaboration for its 60,000 staff, students and researchers around the world. ... "Our researchers use a variety of computing platforms and operating systems. All the systems we looked at had robust messaging a...

Still a Domino developer

November 28 2006

One of the interesting thoughts that came out of Jake Howlett's twin postings last week was the sense of being "stuck" that was expressed by a number of the comments. The feeling expressed by some is frustration, perceiving that the tools haven't evolved to meet their needs, or that IBM isn't liste...

Quickplace has always been a great product to share, a point that SNAPPS is making by announcing three free, open-source placetypes for Quickplace 7:SNAPPS is pleased to offer IBM Lotus QuickPlace customers a series of free, open-source templates for QuickPlace 7! In our role as the official IBM Des...

Colin Williams has the right idea...I shook his hand and introduced myself. I then explained that Notes has a 'new mail' button, a place to write some words and a 'send' button...much like any other email system. He shut up, left the department and we all cracked up! A week later and now the guy is...

Since I enrolled about 30 edbrill.com readers into the Notes 7 beta for Macintosh, wanted to make sure all were aware that there is an updated beta build of the Notes 7.0.2 Mac client now posted. Beta sites who have downloaded report that it is much faster than the first beta (and also faster than...

A couple of weeks ago, I delivered a presentation on The History of Lotus Notes at the e-Office event in the Netherlands. After posting a link online, many of you provided feedback that will help me improve the presentation. In the meantime, I also received some interesting e-mails. Both Alan L...

Check out today's new Taking Notes podcast, an interview with IBM Lotus general manager Mike Rhodin. Aside from denying that Tickle Me Elmo will be the comedian at Lotusphere 2007, the guys covered a lot of ground with Rhodin. Everything from NSFDB2, Notes on Linux, "Nomad", SOA, Lotus Expeditor,...

Yet another blog has appeared on IBM developerWorks -- but this one is different. The developerWorks Lotus team blog, authored by Tara Hall, Craig Lordan, and the rest of the "notes.net" team, is now online. What makes it different? It's running on the Domino 7.0.2 blogging template. Why is that...

Looks like version 1.00.03.0000 was posted a couple of weeks ago. Note: A bug is preventing me from posting the link in the main blog entry, see the comments for the link. (Thanks, Fred)...

e-Office ran a top-notch event on Tuesday in Maarssen, Netherlands, to celebrate fifteen years that they've been in the Notes/Domino business. Congrats to them on such a milestone. As I mentioned a few times, my job was to present on the history of Notes, as well as a roadmap to Hannover and beyo...

In building my "History of Notes" presentation for today's e-Office event, one thing that struck me is how inconsistent Lotus has been about adding incremental features to Notes releases. It's an issue I'm thinking about a lot not just because of the past, but because of the future. According to t...

I was only sort of serious when I mentioned one of the R5 easter eggs the other day....but voila! Thanks to Bradley in New Zealand, I've got my screen shot: Funny, too, since Dwight Morse just rejoined the Notes product management team :-) Join the fun, if you, too, still have R5 around: Elv...

Nice quote:This morning I upgraded our domino server. It wasn't planned but I needed to process some of the Windows updates and reboot, so I figured that if I had any spare time, I'd upgrade Domino. ... The upgrade itself took less than 10 minutes and was faster to implement than the standard Wind...

Bruce Elgort asked me the other day if there was any shot of getting Mike Rhodin to do an interview for the Taking Notes Podcast. Well, I asked, and the answer was, "I'm game". While the date for the podcast is being worked out, Taking Notes is soliciting ideas for questions to ask Mike. He won't...

New York user group meeting

October 18 2006

About 30 customers/partners at this morning's user group meeting in New York. I only learned a few days ago that there is another Lotus-related event going on in NYC tomorrow, so we might have had a little bit of event fatigue. But if you didn't make it and you are in this area, I'd be interested...

NECN TV (New England Cable News) interviewed Lotus Notes chief architect Jeff Eisen last week about Notes 7.0.2. Check out Jeff's in-studio appearance on Boston.com. Nice job, Jeff! Taking your work on the road is nothing new- IBM Lotus, is offering Lotus Notes, which stores documents, pictures an...

Matthew White announces a really cool defect-tracking application built on Domino using the Dojo framework...If you're a Domino developer, then it may be worth a look as pretty much the whole site has been developed using the Dojo framework. This ranges from the block layout (positioning isn't done...

Reminder that I'll see a bunch of you on Wednesday morning, October 18, 9 AM, at IBM / 590 Madison Avenue, New York. Full details on the MNYNUG website...

Lotus's Ken Bisconti writes for Mass High Tech....but instant messaging continues to grow in use among workers as they communicate with one another, and with customers and vendors. Here are some practical tips for using instant messaging most effectively in a professional setting:Helpful reminders....

I'll add this link to my overall 7.0.2 entry, but I thought there was a good quote in it worth highlighting separately:IBM also believes these features will help customers innovate more easily through more user-friendly and cross-platform collaboration. "Customers are asking for the ability to lev...

The official press announcement of Lotus Notes/Domino 7.0.2 availability is out goes out later today. I'll add the link once it's live. Alan Lepofsky and I have done many press interviews about the 7.0.2 release over the last few days, so I'm expecting to see some coverage in the various trade pub...

Bruce Elgort tipped me off earlier today to a big announcement at Saleforce.com's conference...emphasis mine:Lotus Notes Edition -- Responding to customer interest, Salesforce SFA will feature Lotus Notes integration so users can easily collaborate across platforms. Salesforce Notes Edition will fe...

Rod Boothby claims to have figured out the magic recipe for migrating Notes applications:I have heard outrageous estimates for the cost of moving off Lotus Notes, should a large company want to switch. The problem is that companies have built a great deal of information into their Lotus Notes databa...

IBM developerWorks has just added a new newsletter focused on all things Lotus. The newsletter highlights new articles, demonstrations, upcoming webcasts, and events. Sign up at developerWorks: Newsletters...

After the whirlwind tour through ANZ last month, I had several requests for copies of my presentation. We could (or did) post them on each user group's website, but that wouldn't reach everyone. So the Lotus team asked me if I could post the slides somewhere else more accessible, like perhaps on e...

An in-depth view of some of the new directions for Lotus software....IBM is building social networking tools into its collaboration software in an effort to bring the concepts of Web 2.0 and online communities inside corporations. In the coming weeks, IBM's Lotus division will announce updates des...

It’s out there...

September 29 2006

The Notes/Domino 7.0.2 downloads are being posted throughout the day today. I'll have a lot more to say about this great new version soon...in the meantime, go get it :-)...

Out in draft form, 160 pages of detailed information on how to optimize your Domino server...This IBM Redpaper discusses a best practices approach to Performance Tuning in Domino 7. It addresses both how to approach the science of performance tuning in a structured, logical manner, while also provid...

Burton Group's Mike Gotta read my posting about recent meetings with Australian CIOs/CTOs, giving some context for the kinds of customer discussions he is hearing about in the context of moving e-mail systems. Mike suggests that buzz-wise, we're behind in getting people to look at our new release (...

Good news -- the Notes 7.0.2 Macintosh beta will begin later today. Participants in the Notes/Domino maintenance release beta program will be contacted with details on where/when to download it. Several Macintosh "power users" within IBM have been running this in production for weeks. They repo...

IBM has published a sponsored research paper which analyzes interviews conducted with 100 Notes/Domino customers on why they have chosen to use or continue to use Notes over Microsoft Exchange. The paper, "E-mail and Collaboration Deliver Business Value", is freely downloadable from ibm.com. It's...

Unfortunately, Colin wasn't able to join the Notes user group meeting in Wellington last week, but he did attend the Notes & Domino 7 upgrade seminar a couple of days later.Wednesdays seminar...featured a passionate Lotus Notes and Domino guru in the form of Wayne Boxall from IBM Australia. His...

Maureen updates on progress with the Domino Designer in Eclipse effort...What you're seeing is a real Eclipse navigator, showing the design elements in a Notes nsf, and the Eclipse navigator is active and opening up the Notes editors for the listed design elements. Looks cool, Maureen......

There sure was a lot going on over the last 10 days, and I didn't get a chance to link or blog it all. Take a look at... Sametime 7.5 launch materials. Offerings manager Adam Gartenberg has a whole bunch on the launch, including the first-person perspective on the launch event and panel discussi...

Lotus has expanded its customer reference submissions process, and now your organization can self-nominate to be considered for a reference or success story. Simply click on over to the IBM Software Client Reference Program website, sign in, and follow the instructions. For me, the most important...

Wellington Notes user group

September 19 2006

What a nonstop day. Some really cool meetings with a variety of organizations all over Wellington. Somewhere in there, managed a great salmon lunch at Pravda (Russian theme, no Russian food). After the last meeting, things went straight to Hell -- Hell Pizza, that is ("we have gas"!). This fanta...

Meeting Aussie CIOs

September 15 2006

Congratulations and thanks, mates, to my colleagues/mates here in Oz for doing a great job with my schedule this week. The pace was almost unbearable at times, but I'd say every meeting I had this week was worthwhile -- and then some. Looking at the stack of business cards collected from the week,...

I don't think the fire marshall would have been happy with the turnout for last night's Lotus user group meeting in Melbourne.... The room was buzzing from the outset, as a really good article about Lotus had run in the Financial Review (Aussie equivalent of the Wall Street Journal) yesterday,...

eWeek reviews the Lotus Notes on Linux client, as well as the Nitix small business server offering that includes Lotus Domino.IBM Lotus Notes on Linux delivers the key functionality, security, replication and rich message content found on the Windows and Mac OS Notes clients. Users will likely appr...

Success in Brisbane and Sydney

September 13 2006

3 AM jetlag, time to make the weblog... A great first two days of this Aussie trip. I'll get some photos uploaded in the next day or two, but here are the highlights: Brisbane's "Ed Brill live" events drew a combined 80+ customer and partner attendees (we originally expected 30). We covered a...

My colleagues in Denmark are taking their message to the streets, in more ways than one. An eight-page full colour insert appeared in the Danish newspaper Borsen last week. The insert includes product news, case studies, and the smiling faces of the Danish sales and marketing crew (along with full...

Just finished listening to Bruce Elgort and Julian Robichaux's latest Taking Notes podcast. Episode 31 features guests Eric Mack and Alan Lepofsky, with the discussion mostly focused on why some people "get Notes" and others don't. They talk about ways to help evangelize Notes -- notably, focus on...

Two different bloggers, two different thoughts, but a similar notion...that selling the benefits of Notes & Domino is actually pretty easy when you get off defense and show what the product can do. First, Eric Mack: How to save a Lotus Notes customer:I told them that I thought they should swi...

I regularly monitor Blogdigger and Technorati for mentions of Lotus Notes, and today's feeds snared this from desparoz On The Go:The email system I use at work is the wonderful Lotus Notes. I say wonderful, because IMHO Lotus Notes is one of the most powerfully GTD-friendly email systems for the pr...

Let me start this with an important comment about tone -- In no way is this blog entry meant to be disrespectful. I was in Louisville, Kentucky, for a few hours today, in a couple of different meetings. The second was a "round table" format with half a dozen Lotus customers (15 people) from the re...

While I still don't speak a word of Brazilian Portuguese (OK, maybe ten words), I can't help but be impressed by this effort: Check it out at www.mudeparalotus.com.br...

For starters, the announcement is on a really cool URL: www.lotusenergizers.com/sydney . The inaugural meeting of the new Sydney users group will be Tuesday, 12 September, at 5:30 PM at IBM St. Leonard's. Come see how I'm handling jet lag on day two of my ten day ANZ tour. For those in Brisbane,...

When Paul Mooney and Bill Buchan submitted an abstract for a session called "Worst Practices" to Lotusphere 2006, I was a little nervous. Who wants to put a message in front of decision-makers, competitors, analysts that bad things can happen to good software? So, while I don't track manage that p...

Eric Mack has an excellent question, and it's the basis for so many of the Lotus community discussions in the last few weeks:David asked me what percentage of Lotus Notes I thought people who use Notes really "get." I proposed 20%. David said that in his experience it was less than 10%. I hope we ar...

There was tons of coverage of this week's announcement of a Linux version of the Lotus Sametime server, and Adam has it all in two posts on his blog. One article in particular got my attention....In June, IBM announced it is building links between Sametime and Microsoft's Outlook, Office and Share...

Rich Schwartz notes that in the six months that many of you in the Domino blogging community have been doing "Show n' Tell Thursdays", there have been over 340 blog entries posted under this tag. What a great community! Thank you all for sharing your expertise!...

Here's a small association getting huge benefits out of Domino, especially as compared to their old Exchange system:"Microsoft Exchange was unstable and inflexible," says Craig Haarmeyer, information services specialist at CCPOA. "And because it is proprietary and platform-dependent, we were limited...

The latest Taking Notes podcast is out, featuring IBM's Satwik Seshasai and SNAPPS' Rob Novak discussing plans for Lotus Quickplace 8. Lots of details on great new innovation. Listener Stu Downes says that Quickplace 8 intersects with Web 2.0 in his review of the podcast. Go check it out on takin...

SearchSAP reports on an AMR Research study examining the market dynamics around Microsoft & SAP's "Duet". According to the article, Duet is no slam dunk -- 35% of those surveyed have reservations about it, and only 29% have the ability to deploy it in their current environment. I smell upgrade...

The Salvation Army is expanding deployment of their Notes-based help desk to its international operations...Mark Calleran, The Salvation Army's chief information officer for the international headquarters says international compatibility was an important factor in the decision. 'We have 107,000 em...

Domino as a POP3 server?

August 8 2006

An interesting discussion underway with my product management team. Domino added POP3 in R4.5 of the Notes server and and IMAP4 support in 4.6. In my experience, these protocols have limited use in the Domino environment.... the vast majority of mail client access is either via Notes, Domino Web A...

Alan and Rocky have already reported this, but it's way cool and you should check it out: an animated demo of Notes Access for SAP Solutions. I've been talking about this a lot with customers in the last few weeks. Even if you are not an SAP shop, you should check it out -- it is a great way to e...

A good case study on Catholic Charities Minneapolis/St. Paul and their use of Domino + Quickplace on IBM System i for 700 users plus an extranet...For example, IBM helped Catholic Charities develop card technology to assist thousands of homeless reclaim their identity. Known as the Community Card pr...

So last week's posting about an Exchange migration certainly stirred up a lot of commentary.... and it went in a lot of different directions. One of the more common thoughts was that Notes needs to be able to demonstrate more "out of the box" value....things you can do with Notes not just in abstra...

eWeek is celebrating their 25th anniversary by highlighting the top 25 products that defined personal computing over that 25 years. Lotus has two products on that list -- 1-2-3 and Lotus Notes. Great acknowledgement of the role Notes has played -- and plays -- in defining collaboration and knowled...

Reading Chicago Tribune coverage almost makes me homesick.... LOLWhen IBM introduced a version of Lotus Notes that runs on the desktop computers using the Linux operating system this month, it was a sign of confidence that open-source software is gaining market traction. Lotus Notes, the popular co...

Two more articles about the Lotus Notes for Linux announcement that are making the rounds, both by InfoWorld's Neil McAllister: Infoworld, Lotus Notes on Linux: Time to bite?:We're seeing the begininng of a concerted effort on the part of companies like IBM and Novell to challenge Windows for a pie...

David Vasta announces:On August 22, we will hold a special event in Denver. All day you will be able to receive hands-on education on some of the newest Lotus products. After the Open Labs session, please plan to attend the User Group meeting featuring Ed Brill.My first visit to Denver in 20 years.....

Federal Computer Week is reporting on a US Department of Defense contract for collaboration services...The Defense Information Systems Agency awarded the first of two Net-Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) collaboration services contracts to IBM in a $17 million deal that calls for the company to pr...

Kansas City hey hey hey hey... The first technical training event focused exclusively on Lotus Sametime and Lotus Quickplace was announced yesterday. Collaboration University will feature expert IBM and industry speakers, covering deep technical information on these two products. This is defin...

Well the news was embargoed until two minutes ago (EDT), and CRN already has posted their story, so seeing as how I've been doing some of the press interviews on this, I might as well write about it.... On Monday, IBM is officially announcing Lotus Notes for Linux. A Notes 7 client running on a L...

My friend and colleague Tim Clark has been brainstorming some lab ideas for, well, this big conference that takes place in Florida every January...If there was a conference where you could take part in some hands on labs of a software nature, what would you want to see it look like. Not what co...

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Earlier today, Dell Inc. Japan announced several Notes/Domino-related service offerings. My colleague Terasaki-san sent the release (in Japanese), along with a machine translation provided by Excite. The translation indicates that Dell-J's new offerings are: "Domino to Domino migration serv...

You simply must check out Alan Lepofsky's presentation from the Lotus premium support seminar last week! Twenty awesome tips and tricks for end users to make better use of their Notes environment. Many of them have been covered by Alan separately on his blog, but this is a great aggregation of...

The marketing folks have posted several pages of new information about the 7.0.2 Notes/Domino release... Interview with Mike Mottola and Penny Scharfman, giving an overview of the release Details on the Notes on a USB memory stick install ("Nomad"), blog template, and RSS feed gene...

On this back-to-wok Monday, there's no question that the time in Dublin last week was worthwhile in terms of supporting the successful Irish user group meeting. Over 100 delegates -- 30% of whom were from outside of Ireland -- turned up for an incredible lineup of speakers. While it didn't hav...

We're heading into the final two breakout session timeslots of the day here at the ILUG in Dublin. Almost a hundred people turned out for this event, with attendees coming in from England, the Netherlands, Germany, and all over Eire. Good questions and interaction. Strong interest in "Nomad"...

Ferris's blog has a quick entry about their experience at the ILTF/DNUG conference last month....The strong attendance (500+) and support of IBM and dozens of third-party vendors demonstrate that Notes and Domino are doing well in the German market. We believe Germany is home to the second large...

I'm pleased to announce that IBM's support for next week's Irish Notes Users Group continues to grow...now with the addition of Steve Castledine to the list. I've asked Steve to demonstrate the Domino blogging template that will be shipping in 7.0.2 later this year...and which I'll be upgradi...

In the last week or ten days, I've been bombarded by requests from customers to provide the "Domino roadmap". And when something happens that often in that short of a period of time, one can guess where it's coming from -- the competition. "Ask Lotus whether you'll be able to run Domino in fiv...

Paul Mooney has been working day and night -- quite literally -- to make next week's second Irish Notes User Group meeting an impressive event. We've been chatting at all hours while this comes together. The event is free to attend, and IBM has even come to the party with sponsorship of a fre...

Coverage in the Manila Bulletin from the Lotusphere Comes to You event there a few weeks back...With this development, Lotus Software has opened up new markets for Lotus Notes and Domino. Ed Brill, Business Unit Executive, Worldwide Lotus Messaging Sales, IBM Software Group, said in hindsight...

It's quite ironic that I've been meaning to blog this topic for about a month. But here goes... I've been thinking a lot lately about the concept of continuity and reliance. In IT we often talk about reliability, but why is it so important? Why do we expend so much energy on "disaster rec...

Irish Encore

May 30 2006

For weeks, Paul Mooney has been asking me to consider speaking at the next Irish Notes User Group meeting. No, I did the first one, I said. No, I have to be in Washington DC that week, I said. No, you have some amazing speakers lined up already, and don't need me, I said. Throw that all...

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ArsTechnica ran a story last week about the IBM productivity editors announcement. (Story link: IBM wants to take a bite out of Office). That's all fine, but if you want to see something fascinating, take a look at the Forum discussion. This makes slashdot look tame. Sample quotes: "Note...

Missed this in all of last week's news...IBM plans to add Baidu.com's hard-disk search technology in Lotus Notes as part of a technology partnership, the two companies announced Wednesday. Baidu's hard-disk search technology can be used to search for information in Chinese and English. Add...

SearchDomino's "Ask Chuck Connell" yesterday featured a frequently asked question, but the answer seems to have surprised a lot of people. Here's the question: "When Domino runs on a Microsoft server operating system, do we need a Windows Server Client Access License (CAL) for each Lotus Notes...

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More good news for the future of Lotus Notes applications...With today's announcement, IBM and RIM are exploring opportunities for customers to more easily extend these Web services directly to BlackBerry, redefining the boundaries of their SOA to include mobile access. Extending Web services to...

The Globe reports on yesterday's IBM announcement...oftware industry watchers said that introducing ODF to millions of Lotus Notes users might quickly establish it as a major alternative to the Microsoft document standard. ''When you're trying to get a standard started, the biggest problem is...

I knew Alexander was up to something when I saw him sitting quietly in the foyer after my session...So Hannover is Lotus Notes - and a lot more. It will grow from a plattform for collaborative applications to an open plattform for composite applications. For the first time in 16 years Lotus Note...

I've written this entry during the keynote from this week's DNUG/IBM Lotus Technical Forum event. Tons of information covered in ninety minutes, with breakout sessions to follow with even more detail. Sidebar note-to-self from the keynote: Don't flash vowe, his is bigger than mine. Mike Rhodin g...

During Admin2006, LotusUserGroup.org program director Libby Ingrassia recorded several podcast interviews with Loti, business partners, attendees. Several were posted yesterday, including one with me. Check them out on the LotusUserGroup.org site...

Looks like Ferris Research wins the "first with the news" coverage of today's IBM announcement (not yet on ibm.com) of IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP solutions. From the press release (emphasis mine):IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP solutions include new features to Lotus Notes rich client such...

Interested in helping write this one?This Redbook will outline the best practices for migrating from an MS Exchange 2000 / 2003 to Domino 7. It is intended for IT Architects, Messaging Administrators and business leaders in an organization looking to move from Exchange to Domino 7. Details on t...

Due to other commitments, I wasn't able to attend the Admin2006 keynote this morning here in Boston. If you weren't, either, and want to know what Mike Rhodin and Ron Sebastian talked about and showed, surf over to Chris Miller's live blog of the keynote. If you're at Admin2006, hopefully I...

John Roling, aka Greyhawk68, contributes this article to Intranet Journal. Great to see some exposure outside the core Notes/Domino community for OpenNTF projects such as DominoWiki, domBulletin, Blogsphere, etc. One clarification:IBM has really gotten the value of a business blog, and r...

I've been anxiously awaiting this posting to show up on the IBM jobs site...U.S. Microsoft SWAT Team works closely with CSSRs, Specialist SSRs, Competitive Messaging Specialists & other account team members to win in accounts where Microsoft Exchange or Sharepoint software is a threat (both...

A heck of a testimonial to investment protection. Eric's Domino server has been on the same piece of hardware so long, the product used to be called "Notes server" :What is remarkable is that this server has been running almost 24x7 for 11 years! I built this Windows NT server as our primary Do...

Quick trip to Detroit today, where I had 75 minutes on the agenda of the Detroit Notes Professionals meeting. I last met with this user group in August, 2003, but today's turnout was bigger than that last visit. My presentation, which I'll post somewhere in the next few days, covered near-te...

Yes, it's time for me to highlight another Mary Beth Raven blog entry... I've noted several times how much focus on the end-user is going into Notes "Hannover". In yesterday's entry, Mary Beth describes three fictional users that development has drummed up as their "design personae" (ok, t...

Today's event drew 360 attendees to the KLCC for Lotusphere Comes to You. As has been the case in the previous two stops, the mood was festive and the setup was fun. I was surprised to see that the local edition had some "lifestyle sponsors" -- TaylorMade and California Fitness. But that wa...

Leave it to Nathan to stir things up. :-) After "Hannover" UI guru Mary Beth Raven's first blog posting, Nathan Freeman opined:Lotus, please don't lose the plot on this. You need RADICAL simplification. And because you can't start stripping features, you need to do the next best thing -...

The day's not over yet, but I've got a few minutes to blog. About 300 here in Singapore today, an enthusiastic group for sure. The main stage was decorated as a boxing ring, and the metaphor carried throughout the day. Customers and partners I've spoken with throughout the day have been posit...

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Fantastic news: Mary Beth Raven has joined the ranks of IBM developerWorks bloggers. I've been encouraging the "Hannover" team to blog, as a way to reach customers in addition to their existing design review program, usability testing, and other outreach efforts. This is going to be good! ...

If you've been waiting for session information to decide on whether to attend next month's DNUG/IBM Lotus Technical Forum conference in Karlsruhe, Germany, wait no longer. The jumpstarts and keynotes, breakout sessions (day 1 and day 2) are now available. Sessions shaded in grey are present...

During the recent Lotusphere Comes to You tour, IBM's Ken Bisconti spoke with ComputerWorld New Zealand about the Notes/Domino marketplace..."Lotus Notes has 40,000 active customers across the world, and any idea that Notes is dead is a dead idea," says Ken Bisconti, vice president of IBM Workpl...

A good discussion of the business value of instant messaging, which focuses on Lotus Sametime as a knowledge tool. Note the prominence of Sametime in this story, further establishing IBM's market and mindshare leadership in this space.Mike Rhodin, IBM's general manager for Workplace, Portal and...

A couple of weeks ago, a nice guy (thanks, Paul) pointed out to me that the Wikipedia entry on Lotus Notes isn't all that wonderful.a representation of Notes. It has a bit of a technical go around programming, but nary a word on the types of applications built with all that stuff. The screens...

Short but good case study...Hotel building and refurbishment company Vascroft has rolled out Lotus Notes to support flexible working arrangements. Mitesh Vekaria, Vascroft's chief executive, said the system was already improving employee productivity by allowing mobile working, better calendari...

Rocky takes a break from geeking out on new Notes features...I am sure we all remember the "bad old days" - the time a few years ago when we, as a community, were completely unclear about the future of Notes/Domino, much less our own careers since many of us have worked soley on Notes/Domino and...

During a techtalk for Lotus business partners and IBMers yesterday, Domino product manager Rob Ingram was asked about the plan to support Domino on 64-bit Linux operating systems. Rob pointed the audience to technote 1231920, published a couple of weeks ago, which saysEffective with Domino 7....

The View's Admin2006 is a little over a month away, and I'm way behind in getting my presentation done. The session is called, "Lotus Notes 'Hannover' -- What It Means To You". Given the weight of the topic, there's a need for the right focus make sure the presentation hits the mark. The...

Interesting to see this is in the mainstream media even before the press release is posted on ibm.com...International Business Machines Corp. said it will roll out an aggressive strategy today to lure business customers away from rival Microsoft Corp., offering bounties of up to $20,000 to sales...

Document locking

March 30 2006

In one of my customer meetings this week, the subject of document locking came up. The customer had some questions about how this feature might benefit them in a particular application. To be honest, I had to pause a second. Document locking was a new feature in Notes/Domino 6... which seemed...

Mikkel Heisterberg totally gets it in terms of where Notes is going and some of the opportunities, and challenges, of Notes in the "Hannover" release (emphasis mine):Though supported it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to build the kinds of composite, networked applications that will b...

I did an interview with the lotus.com team recently, which is now posted. Some of the content admittedly sounds a little "fluffy", but there's some good stuff in there, too...But Brill finds the developer community is closing ranks behind the IBM/Lotus vision, which is the reason Microsoft is h...

Full marks to IBM Lotus

March 20 2006

A nice posting on the developerWorks:Lotus Notes/Domino 6/7 forum...We were due to start work on a release for R7 early next quarter, so I decided to have a "first look" at what the work would entail. After downloading and installing R7 - a process which went absolutely seamlessly - I dropped o...

The Notes "Hannover" development team is looking for input, and somehow I suspect a few of you can help with this one. Quote: In Hannover, we would like to fix the most egregious Notes error messages. To qualify as "most egregious," they should probably: - Be seen by business end users (like Sa...

At last week's Lotusphere Comes to You in Norway, my colleagues started the day with a compelling set of customer quotes. Some very satisfied Notes customers--and they're not afraid to say so. The local team translated the quotes into English for me...here they are: Orkla 17,000 No...

We're only eight weeks away from the 2nd joint IBM and Deutsche Notes Users Group event in Germany, coming up in Karlsruhe on 15-17 May. Registration is now open. Again this year, the first day of IBM sessions -- "IBM Lotus Future In Sight Day" -- is available to all at no charge. The full...

If you're not reading Alan's Notes hints and tips blog, you should be....yesterday's hint is one of my favorites. It's easier to enter extended characters in Notes than any other Windows software...When entering text, Lotus Notes allows you to enter what is called "extended characters". There...

Stephan Wissel wrote a most excellent Show n Tell Thursday entry last week, discussing a half-dozen of the best atrributes of Lotus Domino, including: Self-containment Robustness Scalability and platform choice Security Extensibility Low cost of ownership and IBM's commitmentDefini...

Bruce and Julian have posted the Taking Notes episode 16, a podcast interview with me, is now out. I wasn't able to answer all the questions submitted, of course, but Julian and Bruce did a great job of covering a bunch of topics -- business and technical, current and futures, and there's a bit...

One of the coolest things about Show-n-Tell Thursdays is that I keep learning about Notes features that I didn't know were there! Mikkel Heisterberg shows today how Notes 6.5.x and Notes 7 have the ability to convert Outlook Express mail and contacts into Lotus Notes, using the nupgrade.exe uti...

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Julian and Bruce will be recording a podcast with me later this week. You can submit potential questions on the TakingNotes website. There are a few there already, though I note that some are way too detailed for me in my role as a sales leader. Gregg Eldred's posted questions have the righ...

Longtime blogger Chris Toohey has written a series of articles for Intranet Journal. Today's article examines the three main out-of-the-box templates in Domino -- discussion, document library, teamroom. I know that tons of Notes applications have been created with or based on these templates,...

In several of the post-Lotusphere discussions, I've made reference to the next DNUG (Deutsche Notes Users Group) conference, which will be done in conjunction with IBM/Lotus. The conference will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany, on 15-17 May, 2006. DNUG has posted several pages of information abo...

So I was incredibly impressed with the number of people writing about Notes on last Thursday's first "show-n-tell" day. It's been especially cool to read some of the blogs and web pages, because they are from new voices. Peter von Stöckel wrote about browsing the web with LotusScript. ...

MIS Asia: The right dosage

February 18 2006

MIS Asia profiles how Singapore's National Healthcare Group benefitted from server consolidation projects, such as bringing a mixed Domino+Exchange environment together on Lotus Domino....Next, e-mail platforms were standardised between November 2003 and May 2005 to Lotus Domino/Notes. Six thous...

Show n tell Thursdays

February 16 2006

It's great to see the enthusiasm in the Notes/Domino community for the inaugural "Show n Tell Thursdays" A dozen postings already talking about successful Notes/Domino applications, or tips from the real world. Looks like most of what's been posted so far are technical tips, but there's this...

As a follow-up to last week's article about Notes end-user perceptions, and the subsequent discussion in the blogosphere, The Guardian's Charles Arthur has published a compendium of comments...some from mails to him directly, others from blogs. I thought for a minute about dissecting th...

Great case study of use of Sametime and Quickplace to replace paper-based processes:"We used to send out big packs of information," Bayard says. "We save about five reams of paper a month." James Scott, an information systems manager at Toyota, says directors can access the system from anywh...

James Governor alerted me to this case study of a customer migrating from using ICQ for business instant messaging over to Lotus Sametime running on iSeries:First thing most users are saying the interface is very MSN Messenger Like so they are adopting it without training or question. I am shoc...

100 percent uptime

February 13 2006

Just finished a very good Notes/Domino briefing with a customer here in the UK. Their messaging profile: 25,000 Notes users 2 iSeries servers -- 12 partitions 100% uptime -- since deploying iSeries servers two years agoA lot of the discussion revolved around where productivity is goin...

With all the kick up last week about the Notes user interface, it's important to understand how focused Notes architects, engineers, and developers are on building a leading edge, world-class user interface for the Notes "Hannover" release. One of the lead designers, Mary Beth Raven, appears to...

"Pile on!" Oz's The Age newspaper cites one example of where a FileMaker Pro application beat out a Notes application--back in 1998. What is this fondness in the press this week for citing software efforts from more than six years ago? They then ask:So how come so many companies have subjected...

CNET and others have reported on new security patches that were already included in Notes 6.5.5 and now this week are available in Notes 7.0.1.IBM has issued a patch for a half dozen "highly critical" security flaws in versions of its Lotus Notes, which could allow a malicious attacker to execut...

With a kickoff paragraph like this, you can only guess where the article is going...Imagine a program used by 120 million people, of whom about 119m hate it. Sound unlikely? Yet that's the perception one garners in trying to discover whether Lotus Notes, IBM's "groupware" application, is - as re...

Damien Katz writes from a sort of former-insider-now-sorta-outsider-looking-in view of Lotusphere and the Notes market/world:One thing I was really struck by was how passionate so many people are about Lotus Notes. The Notes community is a community that I was once a very active member of and I...

Yellow is the new black

February 3 2006

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Story of why one customer migrated from Exchange to Domino....The first step was upgrading Chick's e-mail system and consolidating its Compaq servers running Microsoft software. "We were on Microsoft Exchange and having multiple problems with that," Diebold said. "They [CCS] came to us and...

Burton Group's Peter O'Kelly is writing a five-part series on Collaboration Loop about Lotusphere 2006...With Lotusphere 2006, IBM made it resoundingly clear that the future of Notes is indeed Notes. The Hannover version of Notes, expected during 2007 (after wide beta testing in 2006) will have...

Not to be lost in the Lotusphere noise, I'm starting to book up with post-Lotusphere travel (all the way to May!). One of the first events is a February 23 seminar in New York, organized by Teamstudio: Teamstudio Seminar Series Bring Control to the Process: Implementing Best Practices for You...

As Almar commented on my Monday report, I can't say much yet about what I saw and learned. Come next week, all will be revealed, and it's all good news. A few cool things: IBM Workplace Forms has got to be one of the easiest software products to work with in the entire market. No wonder...

Well, I learned a lot of things today, but some of the really cool things included: Lotusphere 2006 registration is up vs. 2005...I'll leave the exact numbers for next week A significant portion of the business partners attending Lotusphere are doing so for the first time, or for the first...

Lotus GM Mike Rhodin was interviewed by Express Computer... a couple of good quotes:There is a new world emerging in the collaboration market, one that is born on the Web. A lot of Web 2.0 technologies are based on the idea of collaboration. We have delivered blogging support through our workpla...

A couple of weeks ago, I started a sort of contest around "who has the biggest" Domino server. I was looking for a large number of users per server as my metric. Some of the comments pointed out that registered users isn't as relevant as concurrent, that transaction volume is as important a...

For some reason I never knew about this page on the IBM Lotus website before...a list of partners offering special promotions to Lotus customers. At the moment there are fourteen promotions listed. Link: IBM.com: IBM Business Partner Software Promotions Page (Sorry for infrequent blogging l...

Stowe Boyd has been reading Sim', Dave, and me...:The point that is missed by the Lotus Notes advocates is that people want to be able to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate with anyone, not just those who are using the same programs as them. That's why email was the killer app of Web 1.0...

Dave Delay, an IBM developer who used to work on Notes, noticed that Notes bashing is in fashion again this month, and so he writes:In my opinion, people dislike Notes because their expectations don't jive with the original intent of the product. At its core, Notes is a runtime environment for c...

So there's this site out there called "Lotus Notes sucks". I've never linked to it before, I've read it, but it is so hard to get past the closed-minded nature of the site's author that the overall message is lost. My colleage Sim' Hampel recently spent some time dissecting the site in det...

I've been pinged a bunch about the Windows WMF graphics rendering engine file vulnerability that cropped up last week. IBM's official technote is posted, #1227004 -- Is Lotus Notes affected by the Windows Meta File vulnerability reported in Microsoft Security Advisory # 912840? It also re...

Compelling quote:'The IBM Lotus Domino environment has provided us with the ideal platform for secure information sharing and communication between our employees, our numerous suppliers and channel partners.' Link: AMEInfo: Middle East perfume manufacturer improves productivity using IBM technol...

Who has the biggest

December 27 2005

[First entry got corrupted...let's try this again...] I knew that subject would get your attention. A couple of weeks ago, when I blogged about scalability, a few people poked me that Notesbench numbers are all well and good, but real-world results are what really counts. The iSeries t...

A very long interview with Lotus GM Mike Rhodin. If you've been wondering what Mike has been up to in his first few months leading Lotus, this interview reveals a lot. He talks about everything from ND7 adoption, competition, Workplace adoption, branding, developer opportunities, Linux, and mo...

the developerWorks team recently undertook to update the official history of Lotus Notes and Domino. The document now covers the 6.x releases, Notes/Domino 7, and mentions "Hannover" as the next major release. Few software products alive today have the rich history and passion around them t...

Carol Jones is an IBM colleague in the CTO's office for Workplace, Portal, Collaboration, and she blogs:We've been experimenting in the lab with ways to generate feeds (meaning Atom or RSS) from Domino, and speculating about how such feeds might be used. ...If we did this, what use cases would b...

With 2006 right around the corner, four IBM Lotus Software executives have teamed up to provide CMP's Messaging Pipeline with insight into next year's wish list for enterprise collaboration. According to IBM, the top five enterprise collaboration wishes on the list include audio and instant mess...

IBM developerWorks:Lotus has added RSS feeds for the public discussion forums: Notes/Domino 6 & 7 Notes/Domino 4 & 5 Lotus Domino Document Manager Lotus Enterprise Integration Lotus e-learning Lotus QuickPlace Lotus Sametime Lotus SmartSuite Lotus Workflow Gre...

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Gartner has published its fourth report this year addressing their perspective on the Notes/Domino market. The first, in January, was "IBM's Workplace Strategy Gains Credibility at Lotusphere".The second, in March, was "Is IBM's Lotus Notes/Domino a Safe Investment Platform?" The third, in S...

Chris Miller was real-time blogging during the Admin2005 Europe keynote:Domino 7 was a large launch that is being watched because most everyone goes with the old mantra "Don't install a .0 release". Well, that is a load of crap for Domino 7. Move those servers up for performance reasons alon...

A 30 page management-level white paper discusses the roadmap for Lotus Notes and Domino, building on the strong foundation for these products in market. Discussion includes the Domino platform products (Sametime, Quickplace, etc.) as well as how Notes/Domino fit in the overall IBM Workplace fam...

John Roling writes up his experience moving a Domino 6.5.4 on Windows 2000 to a Domino 7 server on Windows 2003, in a total time of three hours. So in the course of 3 hours, I moved an entire Notes server from one hardware platform and one OS to another piece of hardware and a newer OS. I then...

We're a week away from ADMIN 2005 Europe. Uffe Sorensen and I will be sharing the conference keynote next Monday in Amsterdam, and I'll also be presenting on Notes/Domino 7 benefits and advantages. This is my first trip to ADMIN Europe, and I'm looking forward to what I hear is a first rate e...

Happy Thanksgiving! Loads to be thankful for this year. Take a short break from blogging about the new iMac and get back to Notes. Overnight, I received two e-mails with end-user questions/comments/observations about Lotus Notes. We'll take the first one now, which came from an end-user at...

A recent case study on ibm.com just crossed my desk...The environment is so valuable that today DaimlerChrysler deploys 40,000 Lotus Notes and Domino applications spread over nearly every aspect of its operations. These range from standardized applications such as group discussion databases and...

A very wide-ranging interview with Mike Rhodin. He discusses his vision for the future of productivity and collaboration, the "Hannover" Notes release and its architecture, market share, and innovation. Sample quote:One of the dangers we all recognize is the e-mail mentality where you live in...

Some info coming out of this week's DNUG meeting: Alexander Kluge says, "Lotus Notes / Domino is more alive than ever". He talks about the Workplace Managed Client, the "Hannover" Notes release, and some other goodies. He also links to a photo of Kevin Cavanaugh's presentation, with a pic...

Saw Network World's John Fontana just outside the Lotus office in Cambridge last week...knew that something good was coming up. And here it is...IBM/Lotus chief Michael Rhodin this week will quietly finish his first 100 days at the helm, but it is the coming months that will tell if he is the o...

A great meeting of the local user group last night. About 20 in attendance, with a good 90+ minute discussion. Since there was an ND7 launch in the DC area just a couple of weeks ago, I eschewed my normal presentation format and made it more of an informal Q&A. The evening meeting time fu...

"Taking Notes" podcasts

November 10 2005

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On Thursday, I'll be speaking at the Washington DC Notes Users Group meeting. The fun starts at 6:30 PM. Geekdinner to follow. See you there!...

Question came up during the Notes/Domino 7 launch here today. Remember, I'm not a developer.... Apparently, Notes 6 doesn't provide an ability to customize letterheads in the mail template. I remember this as being one of the most common R5 customizations. Anyone have an easy solution for...

Heard a cool competitive story in one of my customer meetings here yesterday. A customer evaluated Lotus Domino on Linux side-by-side with a Microsoft Exchange server. The Exchange/Windows server needed to be rebooted on about a monthly basis. The Domino/Linux server ran for a year without do...

Inbox management

October 26 2005

Well, I was supposed to be in Kingston, Jamaica, right about now, but there was this hurricane that passed through Florida earlier in the week, and the airlines/airport have understandably not yet caught up. So, Miami for now. 22nd floor of the Hyatt, looking out at the ocean. Not bad. In...

David Jones discusses how he addressed Notes client performance perception issues...It's been about a year since we got them on a Domino server and we probably have about 25-30 users on the Notes client now - mostly within the last month. It's a newspaper so they deal with a lot of attachments a...

Ben Rose writes:Lotus Notes User Group UK is now officially launched and we have a domain name http://www.lnug.org.uk If you'd like to join up, help out or just get further details, take a look at the site and/or give me a shout.I will be well-pleased to see a re-born effort around a Notes...

As I travel around to user groups and Notes/Domino 7 launch events, I often ask the attendees at these events different profile questions about Notes deployments. I ask about versions in use, I ask about use of instant mesaging, and I ask about server platforms. One interesting thing I've not...

A company on Exchange 5.5 considers Exchange 2003, Domino 7, and Oracle Collab Suite as alternatives for replacement:At this point, for me it's partly a gut feel that has sold me and the realization that Notes will be more secure, more reliable, and will give better options for management of the...

Wow, great story about how a Canadian law firm with nine offices and 450 lawyers is using Lotus Notes as their knowledge backbone:For the first 16 years of his career in high tech, Richard Van Dyk thought of himself as a Microsoft devotee. But when he joined Miller Thomson LLP in Toronto two yea...

Chris Miller uses vivid imagery to describe the marketplace competition around Domino...Lotus pushes ahead at each new release with new features and new functions. And each time, Microsoft comes out with the dinosaur mantra that Lotus is soon to be extinct. MS says that Lotus is a dying breed w...

This week marks a major milestone in the planning for "Hannover", the next version of Lotus Notes... an external design review. Several IBM customers and business partners are gathered in Westford to examine the current state of the product plan, architecture, feature specs, and timetables. It...

DNUG -- The Deutsche (German) Notes User Group -- has been running top-notch regional Notes/Domino conferences for years. I've been fortunate enough to work with this extremely professional group since their 2001 conference in Potsdam, usually speaking at one of their two annual meetings. DNU...

Yes, I'm blogging from the stage, and yes, I made it here in two hours, fifty minutes this morning.... So on my drive this morning, I was thinking about an e-mail I received yesterday. A colleague forwarded some notes from a messaging evaluation team at one of our prospective customers. The...

Mobile workforce, data-driven organization, decisive CEO:Applegate Farms lives and dies by its information systems. Fifty-four employees are connected to 120 Lotus Notes databases that can give them just about every piece of company data they might need. Among other things, they keep track of 30...

Carl Tyler was on the R5 launch team, so it's only fitting that he's finally telling some of his favourite stories from that era. And has the pictures to go with it....

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Ticket to Pittsburgh

October 3 2005

A busy day ahead on Friday, October 21, in Pittsburgh PA. I'll be presenting/attending at two events... In the morning, starting at 8:30 AM, 4C Technologies is hosting a Notes/Domino 7 seminar, targeted primarily at new customer opportunities for Notes/Domino. In the afternoon starting at 1 P...

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Back at the end of June, I highlighted a report from Forrester covering Lotus's announcement of "Hannover", the next version of Lotus Notes. It seems that word gets around...and IBM partner Percussion Software has licensed this report for distribution on their website. If you'd like to rea...

Gregg Eldred: Good job, IBM

September 29 2005

Gregg Eldred recommends you take your boss to a Notes/Domino 7 Live event...and/or Lotusphere... Make plans NOW to attend one of these events. And don't just you go, Mr. Domino Administrator or Ms. Domino Developer. TAKE YOUR MANAGER. It is an eye opening experience. Trust me on this. Second, it...

VARBusiness's Ed Scannell has expanded on his initial ND7 launch coverage with some analyst and partner perspectives...During the past three years, according to O'Kelly, IBM's Lotus division has redoubled its focus on Notes/Domino; some of the improvements included in Version 7, such as server c...

Several people have asked me what the activity around the State of Masschusetts's decision to mandate OpenDoc Format means for Lotus Notes...in this SearchDomino story, Kevin Cavanaugh (Lotus VP of development for Notes/Domino) gives the answer:IBM is confident that Massachusetts and other stat...

A success story about a Microsoft Exchange to Notes/Domino migration, including consolidation to an iSeries.For email, Chick's consolidated multiple Compaq servers running Microsoft Exchange onto one IBM iSeries system running IBM Lotus Notes and Domino. Chick's estimates that this move resulted...

Yeah, they put me up to using that line...(for the international audience -- Ohio State and Michigan are huge college football rivals) The CONDUG meeting today was fantastic! About 50 people, standing room only. Here we had 2½ people (don't ask about the ½) using Notes 7 in...

Planning "Hannover"

September 12 2005

(Note: I originally titled this entry differently, but someone pointed out that my original title's use of "triage" can have negative connotations. So I changed a blog entry title, which I only do rarely.) Just days after the ND7 launch, I attended the first cross-functional review of progr...

Today's big news about Oracle/Siebel is likely to obliterate this story, but it's too important to pass up. Here is an example of a big-time ISV choosing to integrate with Lotus Notes, based on market feedback. I hear sometimes that a reason for choosing Outlook is that has more ISV support --...

I am speaking at two user group meetings this week. On Wednesday, September 14, I'll be in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The meeting starts at 9 AM (breakfast and registration at 8:30). The meeting will be at IBM Grand Rapids, 2900 Charlevoix Drive, S.E. Several of my regional IBM Lotus colle...

The lead designer for Lotus Notes "Hannover" (I'm not mentioning their name on the blog, to keep the recruiters away ;), writes: As part of the Hannover release of the Notes client, we are looking for HUNDREDS of BUSINESS END USERS to participate in usability tests. Can you please "blog a re...

PSC Group, who won the Lotus Award in 2005 for best competitive solution, have another successful Move2Lotus story up on their website...Working with the Plymouth IT staff, an architecture, implementation, and migration plan were developed by PSC to achieve the maximum business benefit with a m...

Coincidentally published just hours after Notes 7 was released, John Vaughan's SearchDomino article takes a look at where Notes is going.Either way, it seems that for Lotus customers IBM's end goal is the same -- to add the power of Workplace portlets based on open standard J2EE technology to th...

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Another Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Redbook residency...The purpose of this Redpaper is to show system administrators and IT architects how to use & leverage the capabilities of the new Lotus Domino domain monitoring feature of IBM Lotus Domino Version 7. The Lotus Domino domain monitorin...

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Today's the day...the first Las Vegas Notes User Group meeting is this afternoon at 3 PM. Details are here on Brian Benz's weblog. There will be a Geekdinner following the meeting... I'm sure we can find someplace nice to hang out in Vegas, right?...

Antone Gonsalves on yesterday's IBM announcement:While I'm not going to pretend that the enterprise heavens have opened up to Firefox, the open-source browser has gotten a boost from Big Blue. IBM says it will add support for the Mozilla Foundation's creation to its light Domino Web Access clien...

IBM said Tuesday at LinuxWorld that it plans to add support for the open-source Firefox Web browser to its light Domino Web Access client. Formerly known as iNotes, the light Domino Web Access client already supported the fuller-featured Mozilla browser as well as Microsoft Internet Explorer ...

Last week, I mentioned this awesome IDC report about Lotus's market momentum. The report is now available on ibm.com, as seen on ibm.com/lotus. Link: ibm.com: IDC Insights: Lotus drives IBM's software performance in Q2 05 ...

Nominations open soon for contributors to the Notes/Domino 7 Reviewer's Guide. This is one of the more important pieces of the launch materials for a new Notes/Domino release. Looking for some real quality writers to work on this fast-paced and key project. This residency is located in Cambrid...

Another analysis of the three-consecutive-quarters of double digit growth for Lotus:"For the first time, Lotus is becoming a jewel in IBM's software crown," said Goyal, who will become general manager of IBM's information management division later this month.Link: news.com: IBM targets Microsof...

Prompted by Richard Schwartz, John Udell takes a look at the Rodney Dangerfield of software, Lotus Notes.For what it's worth, I do respect Lotus Notes, and here are some of the reasons why: Security User empowerment Hybrid data modelLink: Jon Udell: Respecting Lotus Notes ...

IDC takes a look at the IBM software business in a new report published on Friday. The abstract:IBM's second-quarter earnings announcement on July 18, 2005, underscored renewed strength in its software business, particularly from products in its Lotus division. This IDC Insight examines the ear...

One of the challenges of working with a product as big as Lotus Notes/Domino is that I can't keep track of everything going on with it. As a follow-up to a customer meeting from last week, I've just been learning about some of the performance improvements that were done for Domino Web Access p...

This is on the newswire this morning but not yet on either vendor's website...IBM is teaming with Avaya to help make businesses more agile, responsive, and productive through the seamless integration of audio and collaboration tools. This integration will introduce "click-to-call" capabilities,...

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Groupwise customer migrates to Notes/Domino....After a lengthy 10-month selection process, Plymouth Tube's committee unanimously selected IBM's Lotus Domino platform in spite of the company's Microsoft roots. "We selected the Lotus Domino solution primarily because we needed more than just e-mai...

By no means a complete list... eWeek: IBM snaps up e-forms player PureEdge:"What's happening now, [forms such as those having to do with warranty management and insurance] are being captured in the currency of exchange across business processes," Goyal said. "They get captured in one technol...

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Ben Poole announces DominoWiki 1.0. Again demonstrating the power of Notes/Domino, here we have a full-featured wiki application, deployable atop any existing Domino server. Again demonstrating the power of the Notes community, Ben worked with Julian Robichaux and OpenNTF.org to make this ap...

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A week ago, bugtraq posted information about a potential Lotus Notes (actually, Domino) vulnerability related to attachments. IBM has published a technote today, outlining the very limited scenarios where this issue can occur, and the continued recommendation that web-based Domino mail users sh...

More in-depth coverage of last month's Notes "Hannover" announcement:The activity-centric computing is perhaps the biggest change. It allows users to organize data from multiple sources into a single project or activity. For example, a user could collect e-mail threads, chat logs, documents and...

So I ran into a [former?] customer at O'Hare this evening. My flight was about to board, so we only had a few minutes to chat. His company made a decision about 18 months ago to migrate from Notes to Exchange. It was a merger/acquisition scenario, and though team IBM and our partners tried ha...

The next major release of the Lotus Notes client is version 7, due to ship in the third quarter of 2005. The major release beyond that, code-named "Hannover" (likely to become generally available in the first half of 2007), will improve core Notes capabilities and deliver innovations based on IB...

Defensive success

June 30 2005

While I can't blog about individual customer situations and certainly can't name names, I thought it might be interesting to share some good news coming out of Lotus vs. MS competitive battles over the last few days. Since one of the anecdotal things I am hearing from Lotus customers is "Micros...

A couple of weeks after "Hannover", the initial buzz has passed and phase two has begun -- the questions. I've fielded literally hundreds of questions about Lotus Notes "Hannover" in that time, both inside of IBM and directly from partners and customers. While reaction to the announcement of t...

I was waiting until Monday to write about the preview release of IBM Workplace Designer, but Chris Reckling and Declan Lynch have already mentioned it (as has SearchDomino). More on Monday. Paul Mooney mentions that I've agreed to speak at the inaugural Irish Notes User Group, August 26 i...

If nothing else, a "make good" for the mindshare issue around IBM's presence in the real-time market that was raised in discussion on this morning's previous blog entry...David G: Where does IBM see this type of collaborative technology going in the future? David M: IBM sees presence becoming...

Nemeretes analyst Melanie Turek assesses IBM's "Hannover" announcement...Frankly, it's high time IBM got into the real-time collaboration game. The good news is Hannover promises more content-management capabilities than its competitors, which bodes well for collaborative companies whose employe...

Gotta like this one..."With Microsoft, every time you turn around, you need another server -- seven for document management, three more for e-mail, and another three to five for financial systems, and then they'd crash," said Barry Winnick, attorney and IT director, in an IBM press release. "Our...

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Well, there's been quite a lot of press coverage today.... There's an article on ibm.com now, that's a good thing to read. "With the unveiling of the next release of Lotus Notes, code-named 'Hannover,' IBM articulates roadmap, demonstrates commitment" Also, in the earlier thread, I linked...

First news of the day out of Hannover....my colleague Adam Gartenberg writes:With the 7.0 release of the products, we will be reverting to the Sametime and QuickPlace naming for our Domino instant messaging/Web conferencing and team space offerings. ... We hope our decision to revert back to t...

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Well, we had a decent day at the Workplace Live event here in Houston. Talked with a couple of key customers, and received excellent feedback on Workplace branding and marketing from the business partner roundtable. Unfortunately, due to Chicago weather, I'm stuck here tonight. My 6:02 PM f...

Jack Kapica of the Canadian Globe and Mail wonders:I have no doubt Lotus Notes and Domino are fine products, but their names come up very rarely in news stories, reviews or other material outside of IBM's PR machinery. If it's true, as IBM claims, that that Lotus Notes has a global user base ...

A good, broad-ranging interview with Peter O'Kelly...SearchDomino: It must be frustrating for users loyal to a product to see so many strategic changes on the part of the company in charge of the product. O'Kelly: There have been dramatic changes at both Microsoft and IBM. When Microsoft ann...

Stefan Heinz writes:So I had the idea to start a competition: send me the oldest or most beautiful or most excotic [sic] Lotus related mousepad you find in your house (want to take this opportunity to clean up? - don't forget to look for the mousepads though). Since I'm only around Notes fo...

Nice to see Cingular and Blackberry reaching out to US-based Lotus Domino customers with Blackberry Enterprise Server seminars... Due to popular demand for more information about BlackBerry support for Domino, Cingular Wireless is pleased to announce an important FREE half-day seminar focused on...

More follow-up on Admin2005, this time with a quote from Brian Rowe of Cobra Technologies:Brian Rowe, president of Cobra Technologies, a Tallahassee, Fla., IBM Lotus Premier partner specializing in document management solutions, said the Workplace capabilities extend the Notes opportunity for pa...

SearchDomino has published several articles covering breakout sessions from Admin2005 this week. This includes my session, which they report had almost 300 people (guess I shouldn't take up crowd estimation as a hobby...)....

I'm probably not the best observer on this conference, as I split my time in several places yesterday. Still, a few notable observations on Admin2005: There are a lot of Lotus customers here who I don't see at other events. Not at Lotusphere, not at our regional roadshows. I appreciate b...

On Wednesday, following Dr. Ambuj Goyal's keynote here at Admin2005, IBM issued a press release highlighting ongoing momentum for Lotus Notes/Domino as a market leader in the messaging/collaboration market. This release re-emphasizes the Lotus and messaging-specific financial results for Q1 20...

Press release coming in a little while, in the meantime there's this story...Internet search provider Google Inc. is set to make a foray into corporate messaging search today when it unveils an alliance with IBM Lotus of Cambridge that will enable tens of millions of office workers using Lotus N...

Last week, I posed the innocent question, "if [you] could add ONE feature to Lotus Notes 7.x, what would it be?" This resulted in over 200 responses -- the most of any posting on this site. As a follow-up, I've distilled out the requests that were clearly Domino or Domino Designer-related....

Several bloggers (Carl Tyler, vowe, Brian Benz and others) seem to have created or picked up a meme over the weekend that there's dwindling business for independent Notes/Domino or IBM Workplace consulting, and that therefore these products are in market decline (on the Notes side) or lacking de...

Michael Osterman's weekly Network World newsletter on messaging covered Notes/Domino 7 last week:For current users of Notes/Domino, the new release promises to provide additional capabilities for administrators and a better user experience. Microsoft is pursuing a similar course, integrating pre...

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As most readers here know, IBM is already working on plans for the next major releases of Lotus Notes beyond 7.0. One aspect of that process that allows product managers to earn their stripes is triaging feature requests. For a product that is one of the most widely installed pieces of busines...

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Upcoming events update

April 29 2005

I've blogged a few separate entries over the last few weeks about May and June events and my travel schedule. Someone suggested that I summarize.... Houston, May 4: Notes/Domino 7 and beyond, with a little bit of a competitive update Boston, May 17-20: The View's Admin2005. I will be sp...

A customer who wishes to be anonymous writes (paraphrased)...We have sales reps spread throughout the continent. They have Thinkpads with Notes and they replicate several notes databases via phone or high speed VPN. The bulk of these databases are a sales force automation program from back in...

Some very insightful comments from the big boss... I really like this one, where he's commenting on the success rate of the Lotus competitive winback team:"Microsoft may out-market us, but we outsell them. When we battle head-to-head, our code wins. I would rather outsell them than out-market th...

Next week's travels take me to Houston, where Workflow Studios is hosting a luncheon on "The Future of Collaboration" along with a specific look at Notes/Domino 7 and beyond. The event is on May 4 at the Houston City Club, site of the user group meeting I spoke at in December. Further details...

My colleague Jason Dumont and I have been working with a particular customer who is seeking Domino Web Access support on the Macintosh. IBM Lotus has been on a trajectory to work with Apple around Safari browser support for DWA. This particular customer has asked us to consider not just Safari...

I didn't notice Shane Schick in the audience at LinuxWorld Canada the other morning...too bad, as he was one of the first journalists I met when I moved into Notes product management years and years ago. He offers this coveage of the "Alternatives to Microsoft Exchange" panel:In a session that...

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Research In Motion is gearing up to plug IBM's Lotus Instant Messaging and Web conferencing software into its BlackBerry wireless devices. Support for the software will arrive in RIM's lineup later this year, the companies said Tuesday. Under the deal between RIM and IBM, BlackBerry owners w...

IBM / Lotus, in partnership with the Deutsche (German) Notes Users Group, announced IBM Lotus Technical Forum 2005 earlier today. IBM and DNUG are working together to expand the scope of the June, 2005, DNUG meeting to a Europe-wide audience. IBM will bring three dozen or more of the best (...

Nathan pointed me to this thread on developerWorks:Lotus earlier today:What is the average and maximum size of the mailboxes on your server? I'll go first. Avg = 1GB Max = 4GB With lots in the 1.5 - 2GB range. Thanks. Oh, and by the way, I've never had problems with the 4GB mail...

The press release is posted on www.ibm.com/investor. Here's the key excerpt (emphasis mine):Revenues for WebSphere family of software products, which facilitates customers' ability to manage a wide variety of business processes using open standards to interconnect applications, data and operat...

Every month, I receive a summary of all the new references IBM has published, both internally and externally. The application is a Notes database, of course, so it's easy to search for references in key industries, product areas, or competitive situations. The March summary arrived recently, ...

Ben Rose:I just opened the files tab on a 6.5.4 Domino server using the 6.5.4 Domino Administrator client. It opened, not tomorrow, not after lunch, not in an hour...but now. Like right away. You know that pause where it churns through a million FTI folders....gone. Without a doubt the most...

IBM has updated the whitepaper, "Protect and enrich your Lotus Notes and Domino investments", which was first published in October, 2003. This 20+ page pager outlines the value Notes/Domino continues to deliver to more than 60,000 organizations worldwide. It also covers ways in which Domino in...

Justin writes of some good successes his firm has had with Notes solutions of late...I've just posted a new success story on our www.agileware.net website and I am pretty proud of this project, Hazard Log for Royal Australian Navy using Lotus Notes/Domino. There is simply no other product on th...

Effective April 7, 2005, Penton Media has ceased publication of the e-Pro Web site, including the Lotus Informer Blog and related e-mail newsletters. Clippings, our joint project with IBM/Lotus, is currently not affected by this decision. From Domino Pro to Group Computing to e-Pro Magazine, we...

Be aware that there are a few security-related issues addressed in the latest Notes/Domino release. Here are the technotes: Technote# 1202437: CERT VU#699798 - Lotus Domino allows HTTP header injection http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=463&uid=swg21202437 Technote# 120...

As several bloggers noted today, the downloads for Notes/Domino 6.5.4 and 6.0.5 are now available from the IBM Passport Advantage and PartnerWorld download sites. This is a major maintenance release, with more issues addressed than typically has been the case. A couple of areas are notable: ...

PC Pro recently published a post-Lotusphere view of the Lotus world.[I]f I were taking long bets on the comparative future of Notes and Exchange, I would be gently backing away from Mr Gates' offering.The article is a first-hand report on Lotusphere, including the reporter's (somewhat ironic, no...

Winning ways in Dallas

March 31 2005

Just back from the Move2Lotus luncheon that Workflow Studios put together in Dallas earlier today. We had a very good session -- an impressive meeting venue, good food, great turnout, and most importantly, useful conversation and opportunities. Congratulations to Lance and Sandra for putting...

Chris Reckling:I don't usually like to do this type of competitive blog, but considering all the FUD that Microsoft has been dishing out lately with their "Notes integration" seminars and the previous "LotusScript is going away" blather, I've been pushed to the edge. Microsoft will soon stop...

Starting with this week's (still pending, should be by Friday) release of Domino 6.5.4, the Domino Utility Server adds two new entitlements. IBM customers who purchase Lotus Domino Utility Server (and only Utility Server) will be entitled to use IBM Lotus Workflow and IBM Lotus Domino Document...

IBM plans to launch in the second half of this year an API (application programming interface) for linking the Lotus Sametime enterprise instant messaging product to VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) platforms, mobile phones and traditional office telephony systems. The API is being used cu...

As Messaging Pipeline reported, Ferris Research has now published their Notes/Domino 6 TCO study, which was sponsored by IBM. Key findings: Notes/Domino 6 has resulted in an across-the-board 15% reduction in the total cost of ownership. The direct costs for Notes/Domino messaging are typ...

We had about 20 people at 590 Madison today for the "Alternatives to MS Exchange" seminar. The feedback was very positive from the customers who attended, on all fronts. My co-presenters included my colleague Brendan Crotty, who covered the latest on Domino Access for MS-Outlook, Henry Bestrit...

I'm sometimes accused of only writing "happy talk" on the blog about how things are great and wonderful in Lotus-land. Yes, a lot of what I write here highlights the good, because there truly is so much positive activity around IBM Lotus and Workplace these days. Today, though, I'm thinking ab...

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How could I resist this gauntlet:After seeing Ed Brill mention IBM's "Microsoft Alternatives" session in Manhattan next week, I decided to sign up for it.. or at least to attempt to. There's no online registration, so I sent mail to the listed address asking to register. No response. So, I trie...

Over the last several weeks, there have been several articles in Messaging Pipeline discussed in the Lotus-related blog-o-sphere. Some were fairly negative about IBM and Lotus Notes, predicting the end of the world as we know it. A number of you reacted negatively to those articles, and beg...

Well this is a first... a press article discussing my presentation at last week's New England Notes/Domino User Group meeting....At one point Brill stopped his presentation graphics to point out an arrow on a box labeled "Notes/Domino 8" on the right edge of the screen. "I didn't have that arrow...

Ferris Research has published a report analyzing the success of the Lotus Notes/Domino 6 release. This report, a free download sponsored by IBM, is the output of research and interviews with customers who have deployed Notes/Domino 6. It is an attempt to validate whether the promises of the re...

Justin Freeman has a first-hand report on the mini-Lotusphere tour that went through Australia over the last couple of weeks:Lotus Insight 2005 was great. It had a good turn-out and good overall feeling & excitement. And in my view, showed that these type of events should be more frequent. S...

This event isn't announced on the IBM website yet, but I found a listing on another site... IBM is hosting a free seminar entitled 'Microsoft Exchange Alternatives' on March 23rd 2005. Free breakfast and lunch will be served and several lucky individuals will walk away with one of several iPods...

Well I guess this is one reason for so much defense...IBM Lotus' recent Lotusphere event for Notes/Domino customers, partners and the press did much to allay the confusion and concern in those communities over IBM's plans for Notes/Domino and the new Workplace platform, according to The Messagi...

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There must be something in the air today, as I've been playing defense all day. I've had five phone calls, e-mails, forum requests or IMs asking for help defending a Notes environment, and it's only 3 PM CST. (For the record, I've also had two offense requests, so it's not all bad). Still,...

Dennis Clarke, who is the caretaker of a Sun Solaris-related site called blastwave.org, offers some pretty strong endorsements of Lotus Domino: "I have installed hundreds of Lotus Notes and Domino servers and I have production units with uptimes that are over 500 days" "Back in '97 I setup...

Paul Mooney writes that his firm, Bluewave, will be hosting a Lotusphere Comes to You in Dublin on May 12 (not yet reflected on the ibm.com site). I highlight this because it's an excellent example of IBM being responsive to market demand and partner interests. Paul contacted me to express i...

Tom Duff captures the essence of the Lotusphere session Libby Ingrassia and I delivered on "Selling Notes/Domino inside your organization":There seem to be very few companies using Notes that don't also have a resident population of Notes-bashers. This may be a minor undercurrent of "I wish I...

Coming out of Lotusphere, there's a lot of activity and momentum around Lotus user groups worldwide. There's some good stuff happening and coming, and while not all of it is baked, here's a couple of places to watch: Lotususergroup.org is up and running. If you saw their pedestal at Lotusph...

A few people sent me links to this during the week.... just now got a chance to read it. Evslin, who was the guy driving the initial development of Exchange Server at Microsoft, says:There were several competing efforts under way in Redmond to build the Notes-killer. One of them was mine: M...

Zwei Ohrhörer

February 24 2005

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Entwicklercamp debrief

February 22 2005

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Have you discovered my colleague Alan Lepofsky's weblog yet? Alan's blog features Notes/Domino hints and tips. Today's tip is one of my favorites. Ever hear your users complain that Notes doesn't work with Microsoft Office? Have we got a feature for you. Today, Alan highlights how easy i...

Arrived at Entwicklercamp

February 21 2005

As expected, LH437 landed in Düsseldorf straight up at 6 AM, on schedule. I was able to sleep about five hours on the flight, enough to feel reasonably alert upon arrival. The rental car and drive this morning were nothing to write home about -- a Ford Fusion and congested roadways. Stil...

Four cities, one month from now. I won't make any of these, but I will be in New York City for a different event on March 23, and in Cambridge at a customer briefing on March 24....

For North America customers, IBM Lotus has launched a hosted e-meetings business. It's a great offering because there's no requirement to deploy premises-based software -- perfect for extranet kinds of online meetings. For the remaining days of February, a free trial of this service is availab...

Ben Rose attended a Gartner teleconference earlier today, and received permission to blog about it:They very much seemed to agree with the message that "Notes is not dead" and saw a good future ahead for Notes based applications. They do see big changes ahead though and they see the Notes client...

A new video case study on an Exchange to Domino migration has been posted, featuring Anand Automotive Systems of New Delhi, India. Good stuff about using Notes/Domino as more than mail -- also leveraging workflow and instant messaging. It's four minutes long. (A link to this will be added...

Mailbox quotas

February 10 2005

A friend of mine just went through a Notes/Domino to Outlook/Exchange migration, as a result of an acquisition. In the old Notes environment -- no mailbox quotas, and a 1.2 GB mailbox. In the new Exchange environment -- a 40 megabyte mailbox quota. This isn't the record, though -- I met with...

A worldwide series of Lotus seminars is queued up for later this quarter. As the dates are confirmed and announced, I'll try to highlight them. The first two sets are confirmed: Lotus INsight Forum 2005, Australia. Six cities in early March. Details at ibm.com Lotus Notes/Domino Day 2...

As the Lotusphere dust finally starts to settle, it's time to focus on the remaining eleven months of the year. A project that came to me just before the conference bubbled back up to the top of the stack yesterday, and it's one that is intriguing enough to share with the blogging community. I...

I have to admit I had no idea that making the original versions of Notes available for download would be so popular! I've been advised that the Notes V1 kit has been fixed...the revised version will be posted for download tomorrow. All three versions will go away at the end of this week, s...

Gartner's "First take" on Lotusphere news is posted, and available to all (not just subscribers):During 2004, most Gartner client inquiries about Workplace were about IBM's Workplace strategy -- in particular, what it meant for established Lotus Notes and Domino investments. IBM's lack of a clea...

Surprised or not, that result would not likely deter IBM's aggressive development and marketing of its Workplace product suite. I have asked Notes guru David DeJean to report back from this week's Lotusphere on the state of things, but I have to point out that yesterday's announcements from IBM...

[R]evenues for Lotus software, which enables customers to communicate, collaborate and learn effectively, increased 5 percent.in fourth quarter, traditionally the biggest quarter for Lotus's business annually. Update: The prepared remarks that were delivered in the analyst call further sta...

As part of the ongoing recognition of the significant Lotus Notes milestones reached last year, the ibm.com/lotus team interviewed Ken Bisconti, IBM VP of Workplace, Portal, & Collaboration products. Some very clear, concise, and reassuring words about the future of Lotus Notes:"Upcoming c...

Damien Katz posted a follow-up to his comprehensive blog about the effort to rewrite the formula engine in Lotus Notes. In the follow-up, he's mostly addressed comments left on his site, but some of the thoughts expressed here have been covered as well. Good to see Damien sticking with it a...

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Andrew has written up the results of his analysis of a problem best remembered as the subject of the "vicarious and omnipotent support" threads several weeks ago. He's also posted this analysis in the Lotus Partner Forum. Andrew says:PLEASE read this, and if you can confirm the observations I...

A couple of links have been sent my way in the last couple of days that are worth a comment -- SearchWin2000, IT's 2004 winners and losers:It's that time of year again. The time of year when we look back and, in our infinite wisdom, judge other people and companies based on their failings an...

Damien, buddy, I hope you feel better after this 5,000 word entry....While I was on the template team I developed the original Notes Welcome page, I did work on e-mail and a lot of work on some obscure administrative applications, among other things. At the time I quit I was working on new featu...

Cool beans -- Infoworld has named IBM Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing as its "Best Enterprise IM Solution" for 2004....

I know I should really be charging a referrer commission every time I link to a Microsoft employee's blog... ah well. An interesting discussion has spun up on Peter's blog about application rationalization. Like much of Microsoft's current spin, Peter has asserted thatThe majority of organisation...

I received this in e-mail a few days ago, and asked the author for permission to post it on the blog. I'll leave it up to him to decide if he'll be taking credit via the comments. The author was inspired to write as he reflects on a new assignment that will take him away from Notes/Domino I w...

Have you checked back in on the discussion on Mark Cuban's blog? I've been impressed with the passion displayed in so many of the comments. The Notes community appears in fascinating places....as do Notes supporters. It got me talking to a colleague about "celebrities" associated with Not...

vowe reports on a new hire within the Lotus team: David Marshak, formerly of the Patricia Seybold Group, is joining the Lotus product management team. He'll be responsible for the real-time collaboration products. Looking forward to working with you, David!...

With no offense to the other user groups I've spoken at in the last three months, the Dallas gathering on Tuesday night was probably the most interesting -- and challenging -- such meeting. There were 46 attendees, apparently the largest turnout they have had for some time. A lot of questions....

This is awesome....Mark Cuban has taken a stroll down memory lane with the rest of us:I saw a note a couple weeks ago marking the 15th anniversary of Lotus Notes going on sale. Now for most of you, that mean absolutely nothing. To those of us who were systems integrators back then, it was a big...

E-Pro interviewed me last week about the big Lotus Notes anniversary. Others were interviewed as well:[Burton Group analyst Peter] O'Kelly attributes the staying power to Notes's unique place in the market, having been the first real platform for building collaborative applications. "Here we ar...

As mentioned last week, one of my speaking slots at Lotusphere is entitled, "How to 'sell' Notes/Domino inside your organization". This is a common need inside organizations already using Notes, as exemplified by the contents of an e-mail I received on Friday...paraphrased to genericize it: ...

Ferris's new blog previews the Lotus Web Conferencing Service:For distributed teams, the service immediately strikes us as more functional than its main competitors, Microsoft/PlaceWare, and Webex. The audio integration is particularly elegant.More ...

What we're seeing from IBM Lotus on this front is pretty darn cool, actually: IBM is putting significant resources into collaboration solutions. They're improving the flexibility of their collaboration architecture, and you're going to benefit from it. IBM often gets nailed for building and...

This extensive breadth of uses also creates a wide array of deployment scenarios. The Notes and Domino licensing model supports all of these scenarios, in ways that make it easy to acquire and deploy. IBM offers you three ways to license IBM Lotus Notes and Domino software to match your buyi...

A number of bloggers have written tributes to today's significant Notes milestone, and there is more press coverage. Brian Benz: "By 1996 we had a global Notes infrastructure sharing technical and financial information. The ROI? Millions. Information that used to take months and teams of I...

Today is really the day -- 20 years ago, Ray Ozzie, Tim Halvorsen, and Len Kawell founded Iris Associates. Five years later, on December 7, 1989, Lotus Notes 1.0 shipped, and the software world hasn't been the same since. If it had not been for IBM, I highly doubt that Notes would still be o...

Well, it took almost two years, but we finally have the Lotus weblog someplace that can be interactive. It's joining a dozen other weblogs hosted on IBM Developerworks. You can now find InsideLotus there, and it's all set with RSS, comments, and even a small blogroll ;)...

For the third or fourth time in recent memory, an IDG publication in Australia has run a story before the State-side publication. I understand timezones and all that, but it seems like a reporter would want their work published in their "home" publication before syndication. Anyway, let's focu...

Well, I was saving this topic for Tuesday, since the 7th is still next week, but apparently, some couldn't hold back their enthusiasm...Q: When did you know you had something big with Notes? Ray Ozzie: I'll say something that let's you see a little bit about my personality: I knew we had someth...

Des Moines Notes update

December 1 2004

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TCO study - I need your help

November 30 2004

It seems that sponsored research and analyst reports are an ongoing blog theme here. This time, though, it's not-yet-published research that I'm writing about...and more importantly, need participants. IBM Lotus recently retained a major analyst company to create an updated TCO report on Domino...

Following on a couple of the discussions we've had here this week, Libby Ingrassia rightly asks this question:How often are complaints about Notes and Domino (or any software for that matter) the result of lack of knowledge, poor implementation, out of date version, or simply bad choices on an e...

Several articles earlier this week that covered the unveiling of the new IBM developerWorks section on Workplace:To attract more developers to the collaboration platform, IBM launched the Workplace Resource Center on its DevloperWorks site. The new center gives a detailed overview of technologie...

And more from around the blogs...Rob McDonagh met with his IBM sales team:When asked to describe the roadmap for Domino for the next few years, the rep mentioned the J2EE-based Workplace brand/product/I'm-sure-I'm-wrong-about-which-it-is, as expected. But then he pointed out that, since we have...

Surfing the blogs this morning, I found Paul Mooney's mention of an upcoming Notes/Domino 7 briefing in Dublin. No, I'm not inviting myself along (plenty to do State-side that week). It merits a mention because it's always good to see a partner taking the initiative and running events like t...

After yesterday's "hopes for ND7", I was reminded of an e-mail discussion I had with a blog reader recently. They asked, "other than DB2 [optional use of DB2 as a data store], what's really big in Notes/Domino 7?" Here was my off-the-top-of-my-head response: Target of 50% increase in scala...

e-Pro's SysAdmin newswire highlights a list of reader-contributed Notes/Domino product dissapointments and hopes. I found a few of these interesting enough to respond to explicitly: "They keep selling the anti-spam features in 6.5 and 7 yet they don't tell you that it will have a huge impact...

"This morning", I gave a Lotus strategy and technology update presentation to SNUG, the Dutch Lotus and WebSphere user group. I counted about 60 attendees. A fairly standard presentation, but we had some good discussions and interaction. 100% of the audience have deployed custom Notes appl...

SearchDomino published a story yesterday covering a new Gartner "First take" on the IBM Workplace strategy. My impression of Gartner's report was different in reading it first-hand vs. what was I took away from the SearchDomino version. SearchDomino says In a "Gartner FirstTake," analyst To...

eWeek has a more detailed story about last week's IBM Workplace announcements. They also mention the forthcoming Workplace Designer tool, and cover some of the application development roadmap.Domino developers have long sworn by the Domino Designer RAD (rapid application development) tool. IBM...

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My colleague Arthur Fontaine, who some of you know from developerWorks/LDD or Partner Forum postings, webcasts, etc., has authored an article for DominoPower that discusses the Domino Express offerings:Yet tens of thousands of happy SMBs worldwide don't suffer these problems, because they use IB...

Another component of yesterday's Lotus-related news announcements:IBM plans to offer Web-conferencing as a hosted Internet service, seeking to reach small and medium-sized business customers while taking on more established rivals in the market, the company said on Tuesday. International Busine...

Ah, memory lane... For sale on eBay UK (and offered only to Europe, Australia, Canada buyers): Lotus Notes v2.1 - sealed 5¼ disks - collectors item (Thanks, G)...

Through its extranet, Celina provides its agents working at independent agencies single-click, self-service access to individual policyholder files and other key data. That saves time for the 600 agents across nine states who work for those agencies. But Celina also does something that some mig...

Business partners have been essential to the success of Notes and Domino, but IBM believes a renewed commitment to its Lotus partners will be a successful catalyst of future software growth. One key part of that renewed effort is its Move2Lotus seminars in which business partners and IBM Lotus...

Successful migration from Microsoft Exchange to Lotus Notes/Domino and Sametime:About two years ago it made the decision to replace Microsoft's Exchange messaging and collaboration platform with competitor Lotus Notes, and soon after, it implemented Lotus' Sametime enterprise IM system. "One of...

IBM support has published a technote about the square brackets [] advisory that seems to have made the rounds today. Technote 1187833 says,This issue ...was thoroughly investigated and determined not to be a product defect in the Domino server. This issue does not occur for editable fields, n...

I was recently asked this question, and didn't know the answer myself. Here's a list my colleague Christopher Crummey sent along: Listed in order of difficultly: 1. Out of the Box Portlets 2. Soon to have the Common PIM portlet (Exchange, Notes, LWP, IMAP, POP) 3....

Based on an earlier discussion here when 6.5.3 was announced, the developerWorks team has updated the Lotus downloads page Client and server update links are now broken out by codestream. Thanks for the input and suggestions....

Due to the dispersed nature of its staff, the company decided it needed to invest in a messaging and collaboration platform that could support its virtual workforce. It made the decision to replace Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange messaging and collaboration platform with competitor Notes from IBM Cor...

An article covering Notes/Domino 7 design improvements (Web Services, optional DB2 backend), the Domino Application Portlet, Domino Toolkit for WebSphere Studio, and the Workplace client technology.According to [Lotus CTO Doug] Wilson, the Notes client itself will gradually become more integrate...

On the other hand, guess it's time for the annual "Lotus marketing sucks" article...though interestingly, the majority of the specific users cited have positive things to say.Users believe the decline of Notes and Domino is directly tied to slick marketing on the part of Microsoft, and IBM's ina...

Earlier today, I was part of the presenter lineup a seminar PSC Group conducted on Move2Lotus. The meeting was cool in three ways -- A partner putting some energy into prospecting -- PSC made a first-rate effort to find organizations potentially interested in upgrading to Notes/Domino. Thi...

Hopefully, those of you who are IBM partners are following this week's PartnerJam. One of the questions posed earlier today was on how to best communicate the IBM Lotus roadmap for Notes/Domino. I quickly assembled a collection of links to post. It was pretty easy to do -- I had blogged most ...

Remember the series CNET published a few weeks ago on Outlook horror stories? As many of you commented at the time, there are few such worries for Notes/Domino users. My marketing colleagues and I examined the CNET series with an eye towards the differences in the Lotus Notes/Domino world....

IBM Lotus Notes/Domino continues to set the standard for innovation in the messaging and collaboration market that Lotus defined over a decade ago. With each release of Notes and Domino, IBM improves the scalability, security, administration, and resource requirements, enabling customers to achi...

CIO Australia: Mail Order

October 7 2004

An extensive article detailing how implementing e-mail systems has provided a knowledge sharing and harvesting engine at several organizations. Not surprisingly, most of the customers profiled in the article are using Lotus Notes:"We've never used a word processor, so we've always created our c...

An interview with Kevin Cavanaugh, VP of Notes/Domino Development:"Domino 7 will let you run 50% more users on the same hardware," says Cavanaugh. "Or, to put it another way, your current workload will require 25% less CPU capacity."Yes -- existing hardware, more efficient. A great investment...

Colleague Ken Lin is trying to get some perspective on how the Notes C API toolkit LDAP functions are being used. See this posting on developerWorks Notes/Domino 6 forum. Link...

At companies like International Business Machines Corp., which provides instant-messaging software called Lotus Instant Messaging to 11 million business users, the tool has become second nature as a way to communicate among co-workers. The company's 300,000 employees send between three million a...

A quick blog to capture some thoughts from two days at Admin/Developer UK -- A great job by the H&T Verlags team once again. The conference was first-rate and I think everyone found it useful and enjoyable. I learned a couple of things about the Notes 7 plug-in for the Workplace clien...

Ben Rose asked me this question via e-mail: Is there a way to set client notes.ini files via the policy document? Well, since I didn't exactly code this myself, I turned to the product management and development team. The answer returned It's done by adding fields to the policy no...

I guess it's time for the annual "Notes is dead" article...The other element at play is less acknowledged but makes perfect sense. The WebSphere platform on which the Workplace components are based is primarily homegrown IBM, the pride and joy of the software group. For some time now, the compan...

Julian noticed discussion of the new Notes Mail portlet in a recent developerWorks article on Domino and Workplace integration:Here's what I think is really good about the concept of the Notes Mail Portlet (keeping in mind that I haven't tested it myself, just read about it): accessing your...

As already reported by John and vowe. Fix list 6.5.3 Release Notes...

A quick opinion bit in Computerworld...Getting Notes information into a relational database has been something of a pain, but Bisconti says that pain goes away with Release 7. An optional DB2 data store can be fully integrated with Notes, including e-mail and calendaring applications. Bisconti e...

歓迎 Nihon-jin

September 23 2004

Looks like the Japanese site SoftwarePro Portal for Lotus has a story about Domino blogging (or in Japanese transliteration, "burogu") derived from the IBM DeveloperWorks blogging article. So, welcome. I hope very much that some of you will join the Lotus-focused blogging community... we cou...

Several weeks ago, we had a short discussion here (as well as elsewhere) about a Domino vs. Exchange TCO study authored by META Group, published on Microsoft's website. Today, IBM has published a formal response to the study on the lotus.com/compare website.While it probably is no surprise...

John Aylmer, he who originated the developerWorks thread referenced the other day, contacted me via e-mail. As you'll recall, while on my soapbox, I requested that those who experience a problem such as that described consider opening incidents with IBM Lotus technical support. The reason...

An Exchange 5.5 to Domino on Linux migration..."We had been running Microsoft Exchange 5.5 for a number of years," he says, "but after opening offices in Canada, Argentina and the US, we began experiencing all sorts of problems with message routing between the offices." ... "We'd have messages...

Let it be said: I love being back in the day-to-day operations of the Notes/Domino business. Officially six weeks in, I already know that this new role has been a great move. Of course, nothing's ever perfect, right? (soapbox) In the last two weeks, I've been involved in a couple of post-sal...

see the InsideLotus weblog for details. (All of the new bloggers have introduced themselves on that site, if you haven't been by in a few days...)...

Yesterday, I received a request that I thought was pretty interesting. It's actually in the bounds of a fairly common discussion -- a feature request for Notes usability that would create challenges for upgraders and compatibility. I'm genericizing since it was an IBM internal discussion, but...

It seems like three or four times a week, I get requests for a list of all the Lotus user groups. Though it wasn't particularly up-to-date, valu.org used to provide such a listing. Other sites have tried, too. Well, I'm not sure it's 100% perfect, but I have posted my list of Lotus user grou...

From the byline, it appears that this is an article Ed Scannell wrote for Infoworld (US) based on a briefing held last week...for some reason, it has appeared in ARNet Australia before it has in Infoworld. Note that the date is in international notation, i.e. 7 September, 2004.Lotus executives...

I don't often point to resources on the IBM PartnerWorld site, since they are typically restricted to business partners. In this case, this is one of these too-good-to-pass-up documents that deserves some attention. The Lotus partner team just posted a document entitled "Lotus highlights fo...

Carl Kriger and Bill Hubler have debuted on the lotus.com InsideLotus blogging team. And yes -- Brian Baker and Steve Londergan's photos are being fixed...along with the RSS feed etc. The "about" document has been updated....

I don't think it can get any clearer than this:The current road map calls for the Lotus Notes 7 client and Domino 7 Server to ship next year with tighter integration with the company's new Workplace technologies. Beyond that, "there will be a Domino 8, 9, 10," said Ken Bisconti, vice president o...

My colleague Dee Fleming has posted the first entry of the re-launched lotus.com/weblog. A whole bunch of people have signed up to contribute to the re-launch. You can meet all the new Lotus bloggers here....

Declan found a new book on migrating Lotus Notes apps to Microsoft .NET earlier today. It's lengthy and has a lot of technical detail about what is possible in such a migration (answer -- the typical MS effort to narrow scope and declare certain applications as un-migrate-able). Rather than...

In case anyone was wondering about whether my job transition left a gap in the competitive posture at Lotus....An interview with Bob Bry, enablement manager:"Recently Microsoft removed its next proposed release of Exchange, code-named Kodiak, from its roadmap altogether, and promised instead to...

The article starts with more coverage of the recent IBM Research press day, but expands into updated perspectives on the Lotus roadmap.A recent demonstration of new collaboration technologies under development at IBM's research labs won the company praise for its vision and deft handling of the...

As some of you know, I'll be speaking at Admin&Developer UK 2004, on 4/5 October in Bedfont/Feltham. I am hoping to see many of local/regional readers, bloggers, customers, etc. at this conference. However, I know that for some, attending the conference is a non-starter. So, as much as I...

While I'm still transitioning to my new job, some things happen faster than others. I have a total of four customer meetings on the calendar this week, two face-to-face and two phone/e-meetings. At the moment, I'm headed home from a meeting with a customer who is on the short end of a merger/...

And to think that I knew Brendan back when....Update -- it appears that Brendan was tired of being teased about his instant promotion, and asked for a correction. Anyway, anyone reading the actual content here?"This is a technical preview in Lotus Workplace Messaging 2.0," said Brendan Crotty,...

Reachable from the downloads page on developerWorks:Lotus ... more directly here. I guess that gives Carl one less thing to pester me about. ;)...

Matthew White writes:I have yet to meet a Notes developer who is alienated by the move to more open standards. Everyone I talk to decided long ago that the opportunities afforded by learning Java / J2EE are much more appealing than learning yet another MS development platform, and should make l...

I guess being offline the last two days means I'm getting scooped on my own news :). Via Arthur Fontaine, my marketing colleague: We are currently planning to provide a Notes 7 client for the Macintosh platform, complete with popular integrated Instant Messaging capabilities on par with those...

SearchDomino reports on a recent press briefing at Lotus:IBM Lotus on Wednesday offered a glimpse of its future collaboration strategy by demonstrating experimental new communication tools that it hopes will soon lead to big changes in the way that people work together. The new technologies fal...

Now in the Knowledgebase....The last day of software maintenance (phone support, electronic support, and software program fixes) for IBM Lotus Notes V5.x and Domino V5.x and IBM Lotus Enterprise Integrator V3.1 and V3.2 will be September 30, 2005. With Lotus Notes V6 and Domino V6 in market for...

I'm not familiar with the publication; this came in to me through the IBM PR team. The author of the article is Nicole Minnick, the CIO of Shaw Pittman, a law firm..In 2001 we installed Lotus Instant Messaging for roughly 1,000 users as a natural extension of our E-mail platform. Very quickly,...

Some coverage of beta 2 of Notes/Domino 7 etc....Extensive plumbing work on the server product will also finally enable Notes/Domino applications to exchange data with systems based on IBM's DB2 database software, a capability customers have increasingly demanded as Notes has become more of an a...

Jason Dumont, Lotus Senior Product Manager:"With all the excitement this year over Lotus Workplace," Dumont continues, "we want to make sure customers haven't lost sight of the fact that we're just a few months from delivering the best Notes and Domino version ever. No previous release yet has e...

This Q&A with Dr. Ambuj Goyal covers several different topics. The reporter inquired about the Radicati report, so you can see Ambuj's responses on that by clicking through. There's other good stuff, too:Q: What about the general marketing of Workplace -- there is some criticism that you h...

on the lotus.com/compare website (needs a better subhead; I'll fix that tomorrow). There are two sections to the response -- some point/counterpoint, and some texture at looking at the overall market. The point/counterpoint includes a few quotes from the industry and trade press. One particu...

Returning to my roots...

August 2 2004

I'm starting a new job today. Within IBM. Within Lotus. Working with Lotus messaging, specifically a couple of products called Lotus Notes and Domino. Maybe you've heard of them. This move has been in the works for several months (and foreshadowed here many times!). IBM has some really gr...

Jeff Schneider, CEO of Momentum Software, has given me a great idea for a new Lotus Notes marketing slogan: (emphasis mine):Most talented engineers hate environments like Lotus Notes. They roll their eyes thinking about scripting hell, inability to enforce uniform constraints and business logic,...

This has been one of the most incredible weeks for me professionally. It is like being on the Aerosmith roller coaster at Disney-MGM -- really really fast out of the gate, in the dark so you have no idea what's coming next, sensory overload, and yet great for the adrenaline rush and racing hear...

Not to be overlooked in the previous article....Gartner recently reported that IBM led the worldwide e-mail and collaboration market in 2003 with 46% market share, over Microsoft's 44.2%. While North America remains Microsoft's stronghold, it trails IBM in the other regions, including the Asia-P...

IBM Lotus is not about to let Microsoft off in its pursuit for more market share in the e-mail and collaboration applications market space. It has gone on the offensive with the new Notes Domino Express, touted by company officials in the Asia-Pacific as its "Exchange killer".....Ambuj Goyal, ge...

I was contacted at my ibm.com e-mail address by the Radicati Group as a follow-up to Friday's weblog entry. The e-mail was apparently an attempt to clarify some of the points of discussion. I noted in my reply that I personally had actually not made any comments about the content of the repo...

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Gee, whiz. The first, but not the last-- an invitation to a meeting for Lotusphere 2005 planning....

Nice reference story from a company that builds really nice hotels, like the property where we had the IBM Workplace launch last month. Wow."We evaluated both Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes. In the end, we chose Lotus Notes as it had a proactive and intelligent workflow engine," says Ngian,...

SearchDomino interviewed Lotus's Nathaniel Borenstein on the topic of spam. Borenstein works in the Lotus CTO's office, and he's widely recognized as the IBM anti-spam "guru". He gave a plenary speech at the Inbox2004 event last month in San Jose, and spoke recently at the Open Group conferenc...

"We're hitting all of our targeted users whether you're a line of business user who's not a programmer or a Java programmer, and everything in between," said Chris Reckling, senior product manager for Workplace application development at IBM. Link: eWeek: IBM Introduces New Lotus Workplace Tool...

Part of a number of related articles in this week's Computerworld:Do you foresee any dramatic innovations in e-mail, or is it totally mature? Absolutely, huge innovation is about to come. E-mail is becoming a place where people are starting to manage their activities.I could have quoted more, bu...

I never, ever, ever have left this airport via an on-time departure. So with a 50 minute delay, might as well update the blog. :) The e-Pro Lotus Informer is highlighting results of their recent poll covering plans for Notes/Domino 7. 42% said they're not even ready to think about ND7 (and a...

This helps me answer a comment from earlier today about how Domino Messaging Express fits in terms of an SMB play...strong quotes from Peter O'Kelly:"Conventional wisdom says that messaging is a dead market," [Burton Group senior analyst Peter] O'Kelly said. "I think this is a good example of t...

I guess this is getting even for yesterday's "Microsoft killer" line...Outlining target areas for growth over the next 12 months, Ballmer said the installed Novell and IBM Lotus Notes bases are "ripe for picking". "There are more customers I've met in the last six months interested in Notes to...

IBM on Monday shipped the newest member in its Express family, a messaging and scheduling version of Notes that the Armonk, N.Y.-based computer maker says is its answer to Exchange for small- and mid-sized businesses..."It's our Microsoft killer," Fontaine boasted. One of the ways IBM expects to...

Updated -- Found out enough information about some bogus e-mails that were supposedly coming from "Ed Brill" that this entry isn't really needed anymore. Remember, dear reader -- e-mail is hackable, and just because a message says that it's from someone, doesn't mean it really is....

Today was one of those days that you just feel good about your job, well, ok, at least I do. Eric Mack has been generously namechecking me over the last few days. The first was an article about his troubles in procuring IBM PC hardware. I wish I could have helped out in that situation m...

Blog reader Tim Latta is quoted..."We all know that e-mail continues to grow, the inbox is more and more full every day, so we are thinking about the questions and answers that you can resolve through IM," said Tim Latta, a technology architect at Hewitt Associates in Lincolnshire. Hewitt has i...

A thorough and balanced review of major collaboration technologies and their document sharing/management capabilities. Lotus Workplace 2.0 (including Workplace client technology), MS SharePoint, Oracle Collaboration Suite, and others are discussed. A case study on Lotus Workplace with Manulife...

Analysis on the recent Yahoo and AOL decisions around businss instant messaging....However, the recent moves were due to more than the slow expansion of the business IM market, according to Genelle Hung, communications director for The Radicati Group Inc., a messaging and collaboration research...

Thanks for the link, Duffbert....(ONBOARD USS MOUNT WHITNEY -- June 16, 2004) - How does a combined joint task force (CJTF) commander engaged in a war exercise ensure that more than 28,000 personnel from the U.S. and other allies quickly and efficiently manage information in a dynamic environmen...

A few days ago, SearchDomino published their "Top 10 ND web sites" list. It's been interesting to watch some of the buzz that has spun out of this -- certainly, everybody has an opinion. As an employee of the software vendor, I'm not likely to publish my own "Top 10" list. I get skittish eno...

Like other programs designed to assist with Sarbox compliance, Lotus Workplace Business Controls and Reporting for Sarbanes-Oxley enhances transparency and strengthens corporate controls. The key to this type of software is to help companies manage their controls and improve their financial anal...

See the Domino Messaging Express announcement on lotus.com:Art Fontaine, IBM Lotus Senior Marketing Manager, says, "Microsoft Exchange 5.5 users, in particular, will find Domino Messaging Express an attractive alternative. Faced with a forced 'upgrade' to Exchange 2003, which imposes major OS,...

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Rocky caught this first...Momentum Shifts to Notes .. as Exchange cools. That's the view of Steven Birchfield, president of Automation Space LLC in Tucson, Ariz. ....He says that in the past nine months, he hasn't seen one company move from Notes to Exchange, a common phenomenon in recent years...

Today is my 10th anniversary at Lotus/IBM. I started in the Chicago sales office as an Associate Systems Engineer on June 13, 1994, thanks to a fortuitous lunch conversation with now-colleague Jon Raslawski at Lulu's, still one of my favorite restaurants. It would only make sense to be ref...

A mention of the Lotus Developer Domain's sandbox....IBM has offered its Sandbox site for many years, allowing customers using its Lotus office software to swap add-ons and customizations. Craig Lordan, a lead developer for IBM's Lotus Workplace division, said the site started as a promotional...

Celina Insurance is using IBM's Lotus Instant Messaging (previously called Sametime) both internally and externally. Employees use it to replace many e-mail exchanges among themselves, and agents use it when they visit Celina's extranet. "When agents log on to our Web site and get authenticate...

"People often think that because you can develop Web applications in WebSphere and in Domino that these products overlap and conflict, but that's not really true." Link: SearchDomino: Domino developers ask: Why WebSphere? ...

OK, a few polite gripes that I was too far off-topic yesterday; I get it... busy day around here. Today, let's combine some related topics into one. First, I posted a "quick take" story about the lack of roadmap for Microsoft Exchange on the lotus.com news and homepage. Not surprisingly, the...

"So far, Domino applications on Linux servers have been trouble-free. They just simply run." -- Fergus O'Rorke, partner and director, EBA Group Link: CNET Asia: In Love with Linux (Thanks for the link, Scott) ...

Users and analysts who have examined the first beta version of Notes/Domino 7 report that they're impressed with the platform's stability and increased support for DB2. They also say that this first test version of the upcoming ND7 signifies the beginning of a new day in the Domino world -- an...

Overall score: "A"The program knows that all the meetings are related because that is how you set it up. It presents several options when you start to change the time of one meeting. You can apply the change to Monday only and leave the rest alone, push all the meetings back an hour even if they...

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The new IBM Workplace is touted as a remedy for a wide range of ills, all the way from viruses to Microsoft Office licensing fees. How are members of the channel responding to IBM's recently launched "application management model?" Quotes from Binary Tree, Colligo, and others. Link: Channel Zo...

With IBM Workplace's new rich-client strategy, Big Blue appears ready to challenge Microsoft for control of its core platform. No, not Windows. And no, not Office, either. Instead, the battle has been joined at Redmond's most vulnerable spot: software as a hosted service .... IBM deploys its E...

Another Ken Bisconti interview....InfoWorld: What does the Client Technology introduction mean for customers' existing Lotus Notes investments? Bisconti: One of the common comments we receive is this technology is very interesting, what does it mean to me as a Notes/Domino customer? Hopefully,...

The latest release of Lotus Notes is all about the user. To begin with, IBM Corp. officials have made it easier for users to access information and have emphasized collaboration, especially in the form of instant messaging. Compared to products from Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc., Notes offers...

Five pages worth of Q&A...Gillmor: It appears that you're finally rejoining the collaborative universe. Bisconti: [Laughing] Rejoining! Hopefully, we're helping to define whole new opportunities for the collaborative universe. Link: eWeek/Gillmor: IBM's Bisconti: Under the hood with IBM Wo...

A quick breather in a busy day.... just walked out of the opening session at Admin2004. Mike Rhodin, IBM VP who runs Lotus engineering and support, gave a presentation based on the Workplace launch keynote that's being used in several places this week. Having lived with the technology, product...

A wide-ranging and comprehensive interview with Dr. Goyal....e-Pro: What do you think is the biggest difference between today's Lotus and the Lotus that you took charge of over one year ago? Goyal: I would say while Al Zollar did the work on the integration of Lotus, I'm trying to take Lotus to...

Ambuj Goyal, during a preparation session for his keynote at next week's DNUG Konferenz: "Lotus Notes will live forever"...

Chris Reckling, sitting ten feet away, just dissed me for not blogging yet today. And this after I took him to Oysy Sushi for an excellent lunch. Anyway, Chris, I was right in the middle of writing this one... which is, it looks like I won't have to crash the View's Admin2004 conference in...

Finalists for e-Pro's Apex Awards for Lotus were posted yesterday. I'm really pleased to see a number of the new partner efforts recognized in both the editor's choice and reader's choice voting. Some of the strongest mainstays are there as well. Disclaimer: I was a judge for the editor's ch...

How many years?

April 29 2004

Just shared this anecdote with a Lotus business partner, borrowed from one of my colleagues. We were talking about Notes/Domino application migration, which my competitors often suggest is a no-big-deal process. And for something basic like a discussion database with an unmodified template, pe...

I mentioned the Inbox 2004 conference a few weeks ago. Now the update -- IBM Lotus will have three speakers there.... including me. It seems like an impressive list of speakers -- now it will be interesting to see if it draws an equally impressive list of attendees. The early registration...

There's been a lot written and said about Lotus-related user groups in the last few weeks. In my day job, I'm working on some stuff related to how Lotus interacts with the Lotus-focused user group community. So, on a short time window, I need to put together a list of all Lotus-related user g...

I mentioned this report in passing the other day, Declan has blogged about it as well....now here's SearchDomino's take:Despite Radicati's report, IBM said it's picking up new e-mail customers. Big Blue reported 15% growth in Domino deployments in the first quarter of this year versus the same ...

Dec seems to have found a news article covering an analyst report on Lotus's future. He doesn't seem to agree with it, though.......

for all the details, including the usual beta forums etc., visit www-10.lotus.com/beta/nd7pubbeta.nsf...

My evil twin Mr. Lepofsky pinged me with this URL earlier today....This paper is provides information on Lotus Domino and .NET coexistence. It provides development scenarios where Lotus Domino is the service consumer and the .NET application is the service provider, and the other way around wher...

contactmusic.com expects a return on investment in less than six months after becoming one of the first UK users to roll out the latest version of IBM's Lotus Domino software.Link: ComputerWeekly: Domino 6.5 to deliver rapid ROI (thanks Scott)...

though for some reason, they are calling it the "Notes connector." This is the first release from either vendor that supports Outlook 2003....the Lotus connector has been updated in 6.5.1 with tons of new functionality, but doesn't yet work with Outlook 2003. Link: Outlook 2003/2003 Add-in:...

The raw and the cooked

April 12 2004

Readers of the Notes/Domino 6 discussion on IBM Developerworks (nee LDD or notes.net) saw a couple of postings on Friday about Oklahoma State University's in-process migration from Notes/Domino to Exchange. I haven't been involved in the conversation at OSU in months -- I actually blogged abo...

Interesting headline, short story that doesn't seem to tell the whole story. The actual story talks about the Lotus share of an ever-growing "messaging" market, as forecast by the Radicati Group. Looking at messaging as a flat horizontal market has always been dangerous -- to take an analogy,...

An interview with IBM's John Woods and Ken Brunsen about the world of Notes/Domino as far as Linux. Here are the interview questions: Are IBM customers interested in Linux messaging? If so, how is IBM responding? Why has enterprise Linux become an appealing platform for corporate messaging?...

Over the last two years, Lotus has been working with channel partners and its direct sales force on its Move to Lotus program. The success is definitely showing: according to IBM, 1,500 unique customers have migrated to Domino over the last 24 months. IBM Lotus is touting these figures now, as i...

Haven't even talked to the guy in two days, and thus I discovered the Alan Lepofsky column on Lotus.com through my blog referrers.... I see a Lotus community that is being reinvigorated more and more everyday . . . by blogging . . . open source solutions for Domino . . . Lotus user groups . . ....

Our Editor's Choice award went to IBM's Lotus Domino 6.5. Domino has the easiest user administration interface, and it includes more built-in functionality than its competitors. Domino's application development is standards-based and multiplatform, and the client software is infinitely configura...

New Aussie blogger Adam Osborne has posted a topic we've discussed on this blog previously -- The old Lotus Fusion event in Australia and whether it needs to return (and in what form). As I told Adam offline in e-mail, I believe I have the ear of a very senior exec at Lotus as far as the respo...

Most people also agree that it's important to have an agenda that is balanced between current Domino-related issues and information about new technologies. As Campbell observes, user groups offer a way for members to get professional development that's virtually free. "It's one of the few ways...

One of the interesting parts about blogging has been how it influences real-time interactions. I've been in conversations that have started with "don't blog about this..." as well as "here's something interesting for your blog". Got a bunch of those "interesting for your blog" notes yesterd...

Just in case a couple of you don't have my lotus.com/weblog on your RSS feeds ;) I blogged there earlier today about an open letter in ComputerWorld Australia from Hala Bataninah, Lotus brand manager for A/NZ. The title is Evolution or Revolution? It is clear to the market that Notes and Do...

RSS is better than an alarm clock! When my reader updated this morning, it was hard to ignore Henning Heinz's "The trolls meet at searchdomino.com" subject line. He's referring to an opinion editorial which appeared there yesterday, and the "sound off" discussion ensuing. Initially, I had pl...

Incidentally, have you every tried explaining to an Exchange consultant how you can just move a Domino server from one Windows server to another? So far, none of them can believe that the server hasn't been renamed, reinstalled, re-anything'd!! I think they got really confused when I talked abou...

Like many developers in the Lotus community, I have been a bit confused about the direction IBM is taking the Notes platform. For a while it looked like we would all have to become WebSphere developers. But after attending Lotusphere 2004, it is clear to me that Notes as we know it today still h...

Blogging in part to further procsrastinate on getting my keynote pitch for tomorrow morning wrapped up :) Great conference so far here in Munich. Most of the speakers arrived yesterday, and we all compared notes on how uncomfortable our transcon economy class flights were -- seemingly regardl...

Last week, ComputerWorld Australia ran a story based on this same Avanade pitch. ZDNet Australia has done a lot more reporting on the subject, though, and thus, the other shoe drops..."In fact, the world's five largest Notes portfolios are in talks with Avanade [to migrate]," she claimed. Ho...

I see from RSS that John Head took a break from playing with his new car to blog. Not sure about those priorities, but it's a worthwhile read. John's latest discusses some of the Lotus futures banter that's gone around over the last couple of weeks as to what is real and what is fiction....

It's official -- Dr. Ambuj Goyal, General Manager, Lotus Software, will be the lead keynote speaker at the 20th Deutsche (German) Notes Users Group meeting, May 10-12, 2004, in Karlsruhe. Matt Cain from META Group will also keynote. Does that mean that the last pair of Lotus and external DNU...

He’s been portaled

February 11 2004

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Promotion of an IBM & partner win over Microsoft -- specifically a Notes/Domino application....TDS chose KUDOS, Frontline's open standards-based service management solution, to help manage post-sale customer service support. Using KUDOS will enable TDS to provide more efficient product insta...

For those who weren't at Lotusphere, or those looking for a reprise of the content, I'll be doing a webcast in just two hours on e-Promag.com, basically a repeat of my "Boss Loves Microsoft" session from Lotusphere. I have a couple of new points, and a cool new graphic.... Link: Why Lotus ro...

vowe seems to have discovered that Notes 6.5.1 runs on Linux with WINE. I'm sure this will make some Linux client fans happy.... ...

Nice zinger at the end :)But overall, [META analyst Mike Gotta] says, Lotus so far appears to be beating Microsoft at the game of building a next-generation collaboration platform. Other quotes from The Turtle, Bruce Elgort, oh, and me. Link: Network World: Users: Lotus pointed in the right di...

"In addition to Lotus's unmatched collection of collaboration features and customizability, setting up our test installation of Domino was a far less headache-inducing prospect than setting up Exchange. Add to this a superior security record and strategy, and Domino is the clear winner of our Ed...

There is a clear message that makes current investors in Notes and Domino comfortable," said David Marshak, senior vice president at analyst firm Patricia Seybold Group, Boston. "[IBM Lotus] is talking about convergence in a clear way." Marshak said current Domino users should begin understandin...

Some of your reactions captured by Computerworld...Sylvia Kessel, manager of desktop productivity and applications at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, said she's intrigued by another upcoming feature -- the deeper integration of e-mail, Web conferencing, calendaring and e-learning appl...

Goyal emphasized innovation and Big Blue's plan to build upon Lotus technology rather than force customers to "rip and replace" their current infrastructures. "Our strategy is to increase our leadership," Goyal said, "not walk away from it." Link: e-Pro: Lotusphere opening session emphasizes i...

Lots more coverage rolling in....Q: This morning, Larry Bowden, the vice president of portal technology, said Notes and Domino support "would continue into the future with Version 7, 8 and there will be more. What's more? A: Even though I am a propeller head, I can't imagine what 9.0 would loo...

To illustrate Lotus' proclaimed commitment to exploring new frontiers in collaboration technology, the company brought onstage "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star Patrick Stewart, who won an ovation far noisier than those accorded to Lotus's executives.Maybe we'll fix that at the closing sess...

First of what will likely be many links over the next few days to interesting press coverage coming from here at Lotusphere. John Fontana in Network World:"Competitors will tell you that we will walk away from Notes and Domino," said Ambuj Goyal, general manager of Lotus Software. "Let me tell...

Another publication chimes in with its Lotusphere preview. While it starts off negative, with a partner stirring up nits of the past, it segues into a pretty good preview. Good quotes, too...."Collaboration has gone from nice-to-have to need-to-have technology," says Stephen O'Grady, senior an...

Arthur Fontaine reports in from LinuxWorld in New York that " The 2004 LinuxWorld Expo awards are in, and IBM Lotus won two of three categories in which we were finalists: IBM Lotus Domino Web Access -- BEST OF SHOW IBM Lotus Workplace Products 1.1 -- Best Productivity Application IBM...

A very detailed Lotusphere preview article....Lotus Domino is experiencing a revival within IBM, according to end users who say they couldn't be happier about the development as the annual Lotusphere conference approaches later this month in Orlando.Good analyst quotes, too:"We forecast that Dom...

There was an article picked up by one of the Lotus-related news wires the other day that seemed to indicate a security issue with "Notes for Linux" (astute readers knowing, of course, that there is no such thing). It was about a problem with file access permissions when installing Domino on Lin...

In two words: "So what?"...the Lotus Geeks that have stumbled upon this have began freaking out because they believe that a Linux desktop means the end of the Notes client. And since the Lotus Geek community tends to always be on the defensive about their beloved product, they have reacted with...

Not pointing to my lotus.com blog for a change, but a couple of other new articles: I've written a new guest editorial, "What it takes to be #1". There's also this really cool story, "Seeing the past year through the Lotusphere 2003 lens". Basically, here's what we said we were going to do,...

Infoworld has run a special report with the Infoworld 2004 Technology of the Year awards. The winner for best enterprise collaboration platform is IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 6.5. Yes! In a trends story accompanying the award, Infoworld's P.J. Connolly writes:J2EE-based embeddable products, su...

Office of IBM Chairman Louis V. Gerstner, executive complaint tracking #ZB4580, February, 2002:I think in order for IBM to save its credibility with the Notes development community, another quick blinding U-Turn might be in order. Along with the head of the marketing person who took this extrem...

A pretty decent-sized group of Chicago area IBM/Lotus customers assembled today to see the John and Ed show, AKA a Lotus update including Notes/Domino 6.5. Mr. Head somehow even convinced me to put a jacket and tie on for the second day in a row -- I can't remember the last time I did that here...

If you have anything that those of us using Sametime should really know about please, please let us know; otherwise stop making such a noise over nothing. The hacker that cried wolf!!! If you see a vulnerability please tell all of us, but don't yell, kick and scream over nothing. Link to SecureP...

The folks at H&T Verlags, who publish the German Groupware Magazin, have announced Admin & Developer 2004, a Lotus-focused conference on 1 and 2 March in Munich. Some of the speakers are announced already, including myself, Bill Hume, and several other veterans of the recent London-bas...

54% are unclear

December 7 2003

My RSS reader just caught a posting on notestips.com that I've been waiting for. The most recent reader poll on that site asked about the Lotus strategy going forward, and whether it is the right one. While almost 26% said yes, 54% said they were unclear on the strategy. And these are readers...

John Head and Justin Knol have both blogged about the upcoming Eclipse 3 plans. One item that may be of particular interest is the "rich client platform", which is related to some of the work that IBM Lotus is doing around Lotus Workplace. As the Eclipse site states, "Certain changes, like fa...

Good coverage on the Lotus Workplace direction...Dubbed Workplace 2.0, the desktop client offering will tap Eclipse open source Java for a rich client experience. Eclipse offers a standards-based development toolset that can incorporate traditional desktop messaging behavior such as dragging and...

From Infoworld's top stories...PJ Connolly has tackled the Notes/Domino 6.5 release in the InfoWorld labs. A "very good" score of 8.2: Although some of the features new to Notes 6.5 are merely catching up to the ubiquitous Microsoft Outlook, in other areas such as presence awareness, Notes is on...

Using Domino and Lotus Workplace for Applications December 10, 1-2 pm Eastern (New York) In this Webcast, IBM's Ed Brill will cover why you want to run applications on Domino and Lotus Workplace rather than Microsoft platforms. Then you'll hear from Ron Klowak, Director of IT at Federated...

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A couple of years ago, IBM announced that the next generation of Lotus collaboration software would be built as componentized services on a J2EE infrastructure. That vision has evolved to be Lotus Workplace, at least the J2EE side of Workplace. Understandably, (and I know I'm stating the obvio...

I am so behind with news content, but this is a good one:So whom do you blame for all this fear about WebSphere? Is it Microsoft? Goyal: It is to Microsoft's advantage to say Notes/Domino is dead. We would need to have an intelligence test if we were going to take a 110 million-user base and s...

OK, so given how this is a public weblog, I can't really say much about the customer I met with on Tuesday here. But I will say a couple of things -- 1) The meeting started with the most senior person present saying "We have committed to [move to] Microsoft Exchange". And the Lotus sales per...

LOL -- "Where's the beef?" There has been a ton of press coverage of last week's Lotus Workplace launch. Much of it has been merely highlighting the day's news, which of course is good and helpful. This particular article, though, is much deeper, as a result of the reporter having attended th...

The 19th DNUG conference--the fourth I've attended--was, in my opinion, a very successful event. I've said it before: I really enjoy connecting with a wide spectrum of customers from across the German market, because a) there is no hesitation to express their needs and wants and b) they are qui...

Some weekend reading material for everyone... IBM is committed to supporting and advancing the Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino messaging server and application-development and deployment platform for years to come. So you can feel confident that your Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino investments are...

More pre-announcement coverage of the November 5 Lotus Workplace 1.1 launch. But although IBM Lotus will offer Team Collaboration as a Web-based service -- as it did with Workplace Messaging -- its strategy actually hinges more on offering the components to businesses, which can then plug them...

A fairly lengthy article that appeared incredibly quickly after my interview with the reporter yesteday. He got most of it right, and I hope you'll share this link with your colleagues.IBM's Lotus Software unit next week plans to reveal the next wave in its "Workplace" strategy, introducing a s...

When I arrived on Monday, I really thought something was wrong -- we landed at Heathrow 40 minutes early, and the taxi time to the gate was only 5 minutes! This swift arrival meant that I was in the hotel bar having a beer with Bill Buchan, Warren Elsmore, Ian McCherill, Daniel Nashed, Urban...

Ron Anderson reviews Notes/Domino 6.5 and its integration with Lotus Instant Messaging. As Emeril would say, you can kick the combination up a notch by integrating a Lotus Sametime server for IM and a Lotus Quickplace server for collaboration and end up with the most mature and complete messagi...

Whereas IM and team collaboration once stood only as standalone products, "Workplace is blowing that out to include all forms of collaboration," he said. Customers building applications with Workplace will have collaborative functions such as presence awareness, Web conferencing, and IM availa...

One or two of you might be interested in this. This paper will provide developers, CTOs and other IT decision-makers with information on the tools and technologies used to support Lotus Workplace. This includes information about the application server platforms available for use with Lotus Wo...

'In the Middle East these workers have not been able to get proper, secure access to business information systems and collaboration tools -- especially not in their native language. IBM's new Lotus Domino Web Access in Arabic opens doors for these workers, making them a more efficient part of t...

See my Lotus.com weblog....

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Despite the convergence, Bisconti says he doesn't expect the end of life for Domino anytime soon. "We will continue to invest in Domino, and it will have a long life as a rapid development environment," he says. But Bisconti also says the key area of investment will be to make Domino's collabora...

Discussed an interesting scenario with a colleague today -- a potential customer for Domino who is insisting on going with a shared mail/single copy object store approach if they choose to go with Domino. Shared mail has been a double-edged sword since first implemented in Domino. All of us ex...

I haven't been linking to it from here recently... and yes, I know I need to get an RSS feed going.... October 2: Who do you want to believe? (About sponsored research/white papers) September 26: Lotus Workplace Web Content Management demo now live on Lotus Labs September 23: Amy Wohl...

From Computer Reseller News: "There are some ISVs in the largest customers who prefer to work with IBM. [But ] what has traction in small and medium businesses? WebSphere? No traction. Notes? No traction. WebSphere in SMB space ... Hello? DB2? It's a SQL Server and Oracle world." I ran the Not...

...just kidding. Congratulations to my colleagues on the ship of Notes/Domino 6.5 today!...

In connection with this agreement, Reuters intends to enhance its existing Reuters Messaging offering by providing a service that will allow for communication between users of the Reuters Messaging system and members of Lotus Instant Messaging communities. Using the Lotus Instant Messaging gatew...

InternetWeek editor Mitch Wagner is talking about Notes 6.5 on his blog today: Lotus Development released a Notes/Domino upgrade, integrating instant messaging into the e-mail and collaboration components. Lotus/Domino 6.5 will enhance the inbox to display "presence-awareness" icons next to...

There are sure a lot of Lotus-related conferences coming up in the next two months. There's also an interesting intersection between Lotus-related bloggers and Lotus-related conference speakers. I'm curious to see who is attending some of these events... I already offered to buy BenPoole a pi...

lotus.com will feature a ton of new content throughout the week. Today's highlight is an interview with Ken Bisconti. Not only does he discuss the new release, he offers some positioning: Asked where Notes and Domino fit in the Workplace strategy, Bisconti says both are "part and parcel" of...

Inside dumb marketing tricks

September 17 2003

Similar blog entries from Andrew Pollack and Chris Miller IDoNotes, talking about a (insert adjective here) marketing approach taken by a Lotus ISV who makes anti-spam software. This firm's president has been sort of publishing a site that claims to be about Notes/Domino news, and drew my ire...

A story that discusses the issues around "cheap mail" -- how to bring e-mail to the masses without major costs. [M]any companies are discovering that corporate e-mail systems don't have to be expensive to be effective. In many cases, simple, stripped-down mail servers fit the bill quite nicely...

"Outlook" look and feel

September 13 2003

One of OpenNTF.Org's first projects was "Lookout Express", which applied a copycat user interface that looked like Microsoft Outlook Express to the Lotus Notes mail template. Great demoware, and I've talked about it in some of my competitive presentations over the last 18 months. However it s...

I love this story. Some nice quotes to boot! During the three weeks of the 2003 Tour, LanceArmstrong.com had over 1.4 million visitor sessions averaging 10 minutes each, 5.6 million page views, and 526,000 unique visitors. The site runs on Domino R5 on a Compaq Proliant server. ... Brewe...

From today's Network World: IBM/Lotus later this month will ship Notes/Domino 6.5 and begin to show corporate users how to extend the reach of its collaboration software by embedding it in everyday client software. With embedded components users can stay within their familiar software and stil...

A good review of three document management alternatives -- Lotus Domino Document Manager, Documentum, and Docushare. I got a slight chuckle out of this paragraph...sounded very politically correct: If your agency is already running Lotus Domino on IBM's iSeries and using Lotus Notes and Micros...

A couple of you have asked me how the trip to Detroit went, anyway. Sorry, I should have blogged about it sooner, though you could read other opinions. I had a really good customer meeting on Tuesday, which inspired my most recent lotus.com blog entry. Wednesday's user group meeting was ver...

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Let me repeat myself.... "IBM Lotus Sametime 1.5 Encryption Vulnerabilities" security advisory...

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OK, so this is so cool, I just have to share. The customer I saw in Zurich last week was asking me, so, when Domino can optionally use DB2 as its data store, will migration tools be required? The answer from Pete Janzen, the Lotus product manager in this area -- "There are no migration too...

Robert Basic has published an interview with myself, Ben Langhinrichs, and Florian Lier. The discussion centers around opportunities getting started in IT consulting, specifically with Lotus technologies. Not having ever been an entrepreneur (though ironically, I studied this area in college...

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