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Some cool Domino-based solutions being deployed for smarter healthcare in Russia... IBM is also working with KMIS and the Emergency Hospital of Petrozavodsk in the Republic of Karelia in North Western Russia to implement electronic medical records and an automated hospital information management sy...

Hot off the virtual presses...47 articles designed to help you make the best out of your Domino/XPages applications:This wiki covers what is needed to build or enhance an application, regardless of client, and the general practices to make development easier, less time consuming, and easy to support...

The IBM Lotus Notes/Domino product pages have been updated with a link -- no registration required -- to a five minute presentation/demo showing the new Teamroom template available with Notes/Domino 8.5.3 Upgrade Pack 1. The new template is XPages-based and is optimized for mobile browsers. The demo...

Most-frequently asked question this week -- when are the language versions of Notes/Domino 8.5.3 coming? IBM doesn't pre-announce the release dates for a variety of reasons. The best available information I have, though, may help with planning. We are expecting the first group of languages - Chi...

Computerworld has a story about how to approach what they call "legacy" systems, systems that have been in place and functioning for a long time with no change -- nor investment -- within IT organizations. One of the four case studies is Massachusetts US-based manufacturer Flexcon."We had not done a...

As with every Tuesday, this morning we find new channel announcements from IBM, today's including another announcement around Domino Express licensing. In December, when I announced that we were adding clustering to Domino Collaboration Express, the response was "yeah, but" and y'all went on to as...

Apparently, I'm too much of a tease. After my Lotusphere INV105 session, I tweetedHey #LS11, I forgot a small announcement in INV105 yesterday. Will make sure you don't go home without hearing it.It was meant to be only a foreshadow, but it turns out that the tweet created a bunch of angst -- peop...

A nice announcement out of IBM Russia today... IBM announced today that multiple hospitals throughout Russia have switched from paper-based medical systems to a new solution from IBM and Complex Medical Information Systems (C-MIS) to provide fast electronic medical record exchange and unified access...

This popped up on a Google alert for me over the weekend... I am honestly not sure why it is buried in a channel announcement deep in the IBM website, and why the PDF seems to crash my browser. Will see if I can find the right person to discuss both. Assuming you get to it and open it in Acrobat,...

I've had a zillion questions about Lotus Notes Traveler for Android since we did the beta announcement on Wednesday. Some FAQ: Q) Where is the beta? A) You must be nominated and accepted for this beta, it is not a public beta (at least not yet). If you are interested in participating in the bet...

This morning at Lotusphere Comes to You here in Toronto, Tungle CEO Marc Gingras is joining me during the keynote to announce availability of the Tungle.me plug-in for Lotus Notes. As I've mentioned earlier, I've been using the beta plug-in for a few months and it totally rocks. This is really cha...

At the Lotusphere Comes to You in Palisades, New York, Gist CEO T.A. McCann is joining IBM's Bart Lautenbach in the keynote to announce availability of the Gist plug-in for Lotus Notes. The plug-in is Windows only for now, but they are working on the Mac support aggressively as well. TechCrunchIT...

Strong endorsement of the TCO savings in the Notes/Domino 8.5 architecture, validated by the Forest City Police department and their business partner Simplified Technology Solutions:Benefits: Reduced existing storage capacity by 77 percent by eliminating duplicate documents; Avoided the costs of im...

I like these kinds of case studies -- easy upgrade to Notes/Domino 8.5.1, plus implementation of Sametime, Quickr, and Lotus Symphony:Working with IBM Business Partner Pixelixir, TVH updated its Lotus infrastructure, which is hosted on two servers--one located in Belgium and one located in the Unite...

OpenSpan is a great example of the benefits of Notes 8 being built atop the Eclipse.org framework...OpenSpan offers OpenSpan Windows Container for IBM Lotus, which extends IBM Lotus Notes (versions 8.5+) ... to integrate and automate applications...including native Windows desktop applications. Op...

We released Lotus Notes Traveler Companion, an iPhone app that allows Domino mail users to read their encrypted mail on the iPhone, during Lotusphere 2010. It has had tens of thousands of installs in just under three months' time -- not bad for IBM's very first app store app. Now that we've had s...

Some useful tips on configuring Lotus Notes Traveler in your 8.5.1 environment, and how well it works...This article reports IBM® Lotus® Notes® Traveler 8.5.1 performance results for Microsoft® Windows® 64-bit operating systems. In addition, it compares the performances of Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5 (...

OK, one last update on the issue that Erik Brooks brought up a couple of weeks ago. Chad Scott, who has worked this issue diligently in Lotus Support, reports:A new Technote has been released to document the history and fix for the issue Erik Brooks blogged about last week. In short, there was a re...

A few days ago, Erik Brooks wrote a blog entry entitled, "8.5.1 FAIL. Your code may just break." Unsurprisingly, that blog post got a fair bit of attention, from many of you as customers/partners as well as within IBM. I received a number of emails and pings from people who were worried about the...

This is so cool. At Lotusphere, Tungle announced that their connector for Lotus Notes was in beta. The Mac version wasn't ready until a few days ago, though, so I hadn't yet really started to tell people to "tungle me". Last week, I installed the beta plug-in and didn't really think anything fu...

I've been meaning to blog about this for quite some time, because I think it's cool engineering and an important step for Notes that may have been mostly overlooked. In Notes 8.5.1, we changed the client's spell check engine. The new engine is also used by Symphony and Sametime. It is based on I...

A few weeks ago, Phil Simon wrote a blog entry called "When it's time to abandon ship", where he discussed the new FewClix plug-in for Notes. His general point -- why would anyone use a plug-in to address "basic features, such as search and performance?" I am not sure that is how FewClix is posit...

This question came up at "Ask the developers" at Lotusphere 2010 and in a separate customer meeting I had during the week. Customers want to know how to do charting in the Notes client. This is one of the benefits of having moved the Notes client to Eclipse -- there are numerous tools, including t...

This is a pretty cool video that, um, I've never seen before. Of all places, I learned about it through former colleague Dvir Reznik, who read about it in an Israeli blog. I can't embed it, but the click-through is worthwhile. Meanwhile, I have to find out why I haven't seen it before. Because...

There have been many questions since the release of Notes 8.5.1 about plans to support Notes on Apple's Snow Leopard operating system as well as Windows 7. We've had a technote published on the topic but it was non-specific until yesterday. Technote 1385293 now says:Windows 7, Snow Leopard (on Mac...

Burton Group's Bill Pray calls Notes/Domino 8.5.1 a "compelling release":Reaching the service pack 1 milestone for 8.5 removes what is often the last barrier to upgrading for many enterprises who wait for the first service pack. It comes at an opportune time for IBM to stave off potential switching...

IBM has posted two new videos about Notes/Domino 8.5.1 on YouTube, featuring Group Product Manager Angus McIntyre. The first focuses on reasons to check out Domino Designer 8.5.1: The second explains the transition to IBM's new simplified Domino client access licensing: No claims that these a...

By far, the number one question I've received since we announced changes to the Notes/Domino licensing structure last week has been: How do I use Domino Designer with Domino Collaboration Express? This question comes up because under the "old rules", you could not combine Domino Express and Notes...

Paul was kind enough to blog this simple guide to using Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.1 on the iPhone last week, but 8.5.1 had not yet shipped. Now that the code is out, I wanted to link back to Paul's tutorial:I presented on Lotus Traveler and went through the iPhone setup using a webcam. I figured it...

A few blogs and emails have asked in the last few days, "is Domino Designer really free?" I realize it's hard to answer that without the benefit of the license agreement and other details that will become visible on Monday, but the answer is unequivocally "yes". Here's the way it works -- startin...

Earlier today, I wrote about significant changes to the way IBM sells Lotus Notes and Domino in blog entries announcing free Domino Designer and the new Client Access License model for Domino. In part three, I'd like to talk about other changes to our licensing and offerings in the Notes/Domino fam...

It's finally here -- today is announcement day for Notes/Domino 8.5.1! The channel announcement is live, the press release will be issued this morning, press coverage is trickling in, and the LotusUserGroup.org webcast on Notes/Domino 8.5.1 is happening at Noon US EDT. Oh, and the channel announce...

Lotus Knows there will be a lot of press and blog coverage of the Notes/Domino 8.5.1 announcement on Tuesday, October 6... this blog entry will track it all. USA Today, Technology Live: IBM makes iPhone more attractive to businesses:Tech industry analyst Michael Osterman, president of Osterman Res...

The NELotus user group met in the Boston area last night, with a presentation on Domino 8.5 DAOS from Collin Murray and Pat Mancuso. Their presentation, 30 slides of details on the Domino Attachment and Object Services, is available for download. DAOS has really been the "killer feature" for Domin...