January 2005

Peter O'Kelly did eventually make it to Lotusphere:IBM is playing offense rather than defense in communication/collaboration market segments -- for the first time in a long time. IBM Lotus had some serious product line positioning challenges during the last few years, awkwardly trying to balance...

This year, however, things were a bit different. The Notes/Domino developers and administrators who make up the bulk of Lotusphere attendees were shown some genuinely innovative new technology and, more importantly, got a good look at the next versions of the Domino server and Notes client, whic...

With thanks to John, PDFs of my two Lotusphere presentations are now available. PDF: Lotusphere 2005 STR106, "How to 'sell' Notes/Domino inside your organization" -- with Libby Ingrassia PDF: Lotusphere 2005 STR109, "The Boss Loves Microsoft: Where does that leave Lotus? 2005"...

More information about Workplace Designer is appearing, such as this interview from last week...."Domino Designer is a great tool. Through our experience with it, we learned a lot about our users and how they work," said Leland. The main attribute that Leland and her team hope to bring over to W...

This article is a great overall Lotusphere summary. It covers the announcements, the buzz, and the issues. Well worth a full read. One specific issue that it discusses is branding. If there was one area where I received a lot of negative feedback during Lotusphere, it was on branding. In...

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...

Ferris analyst David Via was at Lotusphere and posted a report on the Ferris Research weblog.... excerpt:What I believe all this means is that IBM has cleared away the confusion and uncertainty that their installed base had been experiencing. You can almost hear the sighs of relief among cust...

"Best Lotusphere ever"

January 28 2005

In the comments on the previous posting, David Bailey said, "This year was the best!" This feedback was fairly consistent last night -- among customers, partners, and colleagues. Almost everything seemed to work this year -- messages, technology, speakers. A huge shout-out to my colleagues on...

As predicted, Wednesday was an intense day from start to finish. Let's go to the highlight film... STR106, "How to 'sell' Notes/Domino internally" turned out to be a very good session. Looked like about 300 in the main room, I heard there were another 30 or so in overflow. Libby Ingrass...

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It´s showtime...

January 26 2005

Lots of catch-up blogging to do -- about Declan and Rich's excellent session, about the user group birds-of-a-feather, and about dinner with the Norwegians and bloggers -- we'll get there. Ran into Bill Buchan yesterday, who wondered why I am keeping a relatively low profile this week (transla...

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It´s no shame about Ray

January 24 2005

Wow what a day. I've just completed a scan of the Lotusphere-related blogs, looking for feedback on sessions (good and bad), the opening session, and anything else from day 1. All good stuff... Clearly, one of the highlights from this morning's Lotusphere opening general session was the app...

Tuesday morning´s panel

January 24 2005

Now that the cat's out of the bag, I can confirm the panelists for tomorrow morning's "From 1984 to 2005 and beyond: The future of Lotus Notes" panel. As previously confirmed, Esther Dyson will moderate the panel. The other panelists are: Irene Greif, Fellow, IBM Research Mike Rhodin, VP D...

One of several "Lotusphere specials"... my colleagues and I, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Lotus Notes, have posted the original Notes V1, V2, and V3 builds on IBM developerWorks: Lotus for download. This is a limited time offer through next week. Thanks to a myriad of cohorts who...

Don't panic! The e-Pro editorial team has collaborated on producing a way-kewl guide to all things Lotusphere. From the pages within, you'll get session recommendations, interviews, show floor guides, and retrospectives on those great moments from the past. Libby Ingrassia just gave me an earl...

Have a magical day

January 23 2005

Like many others, the snow in the northern US delayed my arrival a bit yesterday, but certainly nowhere near as bad as what is happening in Boston, New York, etc. Still, I just returned from the Business Development Day opening session, and it looked quite full to me. That's good news -- the v...

Just call me "earbud"

January 22 2005

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Richard Schwartz has kindly built a single RSS feed from 53 different Lotusphere-related blogs and feeds. The feed URL is http://smokey.rhs.com/web/bloggregate/v2beta1.nsf/feed.rss?OpenAgent&category=Lotusphere%202005&count=50 and more details are available on Rich's blog....

By this time tomorrow, thousands of Lotus customers, partners, and of course staff, will be in or on our way to Orlando. The annual pilgrimage has begun, complete with all of the time-tested rituals. This is my ninth Lotusphere Orlando visit, and my seventh as a presenter. Some complain that...

From the ZDNet coverage on Exchange 12: While e-mail has become a critical component of most businesses, the software needed to manage the communications has struggled to keep pace. Microsoft has achieved the goal of high availability, Thompson said, but the software is not as easy to manage as...

Yes, it's hard to believe that it's just 84 40 hours to departure... My schedule for next week is still relatively fluid, but knowing that people are starting to travel out tomorrow, it seemed like the right time to get some idea of where I'll be posted. Let's try it as a table.... Sa...

Coverage from Microsoft's briefings this week on Exchange "12". Kind of a yawner...good stuff in all articles. The best quote comes from Microsoft Watch, Microsoft Preps for 'E12':Exchange Server customers tend to be a bit slower in their upgrade habits, according to Dave Thompson, the corpor...

As we get closer to Orlando departures (some are leaving even today and tomorrow), final preparation activity for Lotusphere continues. We had a prep call yesterday with several of the panelists for Tuesday morning's "innovator's panel", which I wrote about a few times last month. The good...

[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...

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January 18 2005

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Well, it was overdue, but early this morning, I finished up the slide deck for "The Boss Loves Microsoft". Now, I'll make changes to it if somehow an Exchange roadmap mysteriously materializes out of Redmond this week, but otherwise, it's done. This is the fourth year for this session at Lot...

If you are an IBM business partner attending Lotusphere, you owe it to yourself to sit down for a one-on-one meeting with IBM Lotus/Workplace/Portal marketing. These meetings were started at LS2004, and were highly rated by those partners who took advantage of them. It's a chance to align your...

Lots to write about the last few days in Vegas -- a few more restaurants, the Cirque du Soleil show, and my decision on a new cell phone -- but just a short one for now. A real surprise for me was that during a walk around the Venetian hotel between sales meeting sessions on Friday, I disc...

Recommended reading on how one analyst firm is tranforming itself to the new realities of the industry...Suffice to say that sometimes the industry analyst business looks something like the Mafia. To take the metaphor a little further, and uncomfortably close to the truth, some analyst firms...

So now it gets personal?

January 15 2005

Microsoft's Jim Bernardo apparently couldn't wait to attack me on his new MSN Spaces blog. "Never judge a book by its cover", he says...My friend (though he probably wouldn't acknowledge me as a friend) and ex-Lotus colleague Ed Brill has a blog (www.edbrill.com) which is ostensibly about, as...

More pre-Lotusphere coverage...Customers that have already adopted Workplace will benefit from the tighter ties as well. IBM is expected to announce the Workplace Designer development tool, a product developed by many of the same software engineers who worked on the Domino Designer rapid applica...

First of what is likely to be several pre-Lotusphere press articles...Though Workplace Designer was mentioned at the Rational Software Development User Conference last summer, this introduction would be the Eclipse-based toolset's coming-out party. The software promises to enable traditional Dom...

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...

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CRN's Barbara Darrow has done an effective analysis of the state-of-the-state of Exchange at Microsoft. Barb, are you writing my Lotusphere presentation for me? Thanks!Sources at Microsoft have said for some time that key personnel are fleeing the e-mail server effort because it wasn't seen as...

Maybe I'm overextending my importance in this equation, but could Microsoft be planning to announce a roadmap for Exchange next week solely to blunt my ability to say "they don't have a roadmap" in my Lotusphere presentation????Microsoft executives will publicly reveal a new roadmap for Exchang...

...when the hotel charges US$5 as a "handling fee" to pick up a FedEx envelope....

Via vowe, sad news that Dr. Wolfgang Littmann, one of the leaders of the Deutsche (German) Notes Users Group, has passed away suddenly. As I wrote in the online condolence book:On behalf of IBM, and Notes customers everywhere, I offer my sincere condolences to Dr. Littmann's family. Dr. Littma...

Wishful thinking

January 11 2005

Blogging will fade away from the corporate world and be considered a consumer tool, no longer a credible source of news. vowe, Bruce, Ben, Rocky, and Rich have the details. (Update: Andrew now too) [comments disabled on this post]...

Hundreds of IBMers will forgive the fact that I'll be making a last-minute addition to one of my internal presentations today. Now class, let's review:In May 2004, Microsoft said it would ship Edge Services in early 2005, but in November 2004, the company hinted that the date was in doubt. In l...

...you go to the ATM to withdraw US$100, and it comes out as one $100 bill. Sales meeting in one sentence so far: I am really looking forward to being able to write about stuff I can't write about yet....

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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It's great to see that many bloggers, partners, and general Lotusphere attendees have signed up for the Lotusphere Certification breakfast. Unfortunately, I now won't be able to make the Tuesday morning breakfast, and am sending my regrets publicly. My schedule conflict is due to finalization ...

Via Scobleizer:Well, actually I think the biggest blogging statistic I know, which really blew me away, is that we've got close to a million people setting up blogs (Web logs) with the Spaces capability that's connected up to Messenger.(From CNET interview with Bill Gates, January 5, 2005) I...

Couple of Lotusphere updates... Ben Langhinrichs has posted his 5th annual Lotusphere agenda Notes database. This is a great tool for session attendance planning. I received an e-mail this morning from Andrew Kelly, a Notes administrator from Oklahoma State University whom many of us me...

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...

update LAS VEGAS--Delivering the first keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates touted a partnership with TiVo during what was mainly a state of the union address on Microsoft's digital media strategy. The television recording pioneer has enlisted Microsoft in i...

I noticed blogdigger.com in my referrers a couple of weeks ago. It's a search engine which mines RSS (and Atom) blog feeds. It's far from a complete survey of the blogging world, but it does capture a large number of sites. I know their are other blog search and aggregator tools, such as tech...

Go, TomTom Go, Go!

January 5 2005

I've been asked a few times how I like one of my new holiday toys, the TomTom Go navigation system. In short, I like it a lot! Despite my earlier blog entry on the topic, I ended up finding a different supplier and buying a TomTom GO+, which is the US-sold version that has all of the detai...

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...

Ben Poole raises a question that's been discussed in the blogosphere before, namely, will blogging help you (or hurt you) in getting a new job? Interesting discussion, and clearly the answer is it goes both ways. On the one hand, blogging can give you visibility, cred and respect, and a networ...

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

While you were out...

January 3 2005

I know today is still a bank holiday for the Brits, a company holiday for parts of IBM, etc., but most people seem to be in "back to work" mode. For those who, like me, attempted to (or were successful at) taking vacation/holidays since Christmas, it's always a bit tough to get things going aga...

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...

Goose eggs

January 1 2005

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