January 2006

Dear PSC, my apologies in advance about the pending bandwidth hit... I've posted a PDF of my Lotusphere 2006 presentation, "The Boss Loves Microsoft - where does that leave Lotus?" for download. It's about 7.5 MB in size. I haven't had a chance to read the evaluations from Lotusphere its...

At the birds-of-a-feather entitled "The Lotus Blogging Community" last week, Mikkel Heisterberg made a comment that is worth sharing with a broader audience. His comment was that, as a result of the blogosphere, "the distance between me and IBM has never been shorter". His example is a goo...

On Thursday, February 16, I'll be participating in a panel discussion called "Customer Evangelism: Customer Loyalty Is Not Enough" for the Business Marketing Association of Chicago. The other panelists are: Wes Shepherd, chief executive officer and founder of Channel Velocity; Ben McConnell, au...

More red bull spew

January 30 2006

Microsoft's John Westworth says:[T]he reason the BETA version of the Lotus Notes Application Analyser has been taken off the download site is because it's a BETA and as such it's reached the end of it's BETA life cycle. Nothing more sinister than that I'm afraid.The comment I've posted (current...

For those who couldn't make it to Orlando last week, some of the dates and locations for Lotusphere Comes to You 2006 have been published on the IBM website. This list is not yet complete, but it starts to give you an idea of some of the schedule. I've already committed to the week of March...

Somehow I missed this last week, sorry.... Link: Lotus.com: Lotusphere 2006 Opening General Session Webcast ...

In a comment, Jonathan Walkup writes:However, I was surprised in retrospect that so many speakers seemed to pop up again and again. Not that I don't enjoy Bob Balaban's talks immensely, but it almost seems like you could have gone to the Sphere this year and only been in sessions he presented...

Loose ends

January 30 2006

I'm over 150 e-mail messages behind...I've had a dozen requests for presentations from last week...and while I'm not still "sick" per-se, I'm fighting an allergic reaction to the antibiotics I was on last week (which explains a lot). Please be patient if you're waiting on stuff from me....

I woke up this morning and found that my view of Orlando has altered somewhat.... Offline for the weekend...more Lotusphere and wrap-up on Monday................

Yes, readers, it's true -- right alongside quotes from articles by Reuters, eWeek,CRN, and other news publications, a series of quotes from bloggers about Lotusphere 2006 are being shown on the main screen as we lead up to the start of the closing session (and during Surjit's presentation as wel...

Sessions and gurus

January 26 2006

Ah, tradition. Sitting in the "Ask the developers" session which preceeds the Lotusphere close. It's been a great show and a great week. I moderated/hosted the "Gurupalooza" session earlier this morning, where the 25-ish speakers from the Lotusphere best practices track assembled to take on...

An interesting Lotusphere "person on the street" article. What I found to be most positive is what isn't in the article -- there's no questioning of the future of Notes, no comments about confusion in product roadmap, no "Microsoft is going to take over the world" thought. As I said in session...

I just came from the second planning meeting regarding tomorrow's closing session. I'm not going to give anything away, but a) You'll like the comedian and b) Something will happen for the first time ever at Lotusphere. I'll blog more tonight after Seaworld....

Ironic bull

January 25 2006

Funny that Microsoft's latest project to take out Notes is code-named "Red Bull". I had three people stop me after my "Boss Loves Microsoft" session and tell me that the real Red Bull (as in the beverage) is a Notes shop....

Blogging panel, BOF

January 25 2006

Yesterday afternoon, both the "Reach out and blog" panel and the Lotus blogging community birds-of-a-feather were held. Interestingly, a few people live blogged the panel, but nobody covered the BoF. I was told it was because there was no wifi in the room...perhaps some of you have heard of re...

Coverage from the first day of Lotusphere."For the record, there is no architectural shift involved [for Notes/Domino], it is pure growth with no regression," said [Lotus General Manager Mike] Rhodin. "There will be continued support for all Notes applications." Rhodin and IBM/Lotus executives...

Nigel Cheshire sums up the folly of Microsoft's migration efforts in one simple paragraph:If you are considering a migration from Lotus Notes/Domino to Microsoft, I want you to think about a few things before making the leap. The development languages don't mesh, the document store is different,...

So far, almost every session in the infrastructure track (IDXXX) that I managed has had a full room of people attending. And overflows. And sometimes double overflows. And repeats. Cool beans....

I've been hiding in meeting rooms much of yesterday and today, talking with the press about this week's announcements and the state of the market. Yesterday afternoon, I met with three Japanese journalists for what was one of the best interviews I've done in a long time. These guys were prep...

Analysis of a dinner

January 24 2006

Last night's primary activity, other than the JAMFest, was the annual press and analyst dinner. It was a good evening for both informal conversations and some networking. It was good to see so many analysts are here -- I spoke with Gartner, Ferris, and Burton, but missed some of the others aro...

Sing along with Mary Beth

January 23 2006

At tonight's Lotusphere JAMfest, Mary Beth Raven lead the following sing-along: The Sametime Song (To the tune of "Downtown" [Petula Clark]) (Lyricist unknown. We suspect someone from GE or Hewitt. Please fess up) When you're alone and work is making you lonely, you can just inst...

CRN: IBM to AOL: Talk to Me

January 23 2006

CRN coverage of the Lotusphere news:IBM Software's new Sametime instant messaging will connect to the hugely popular consumer IM networks from America Online, Yahoo and Google, IBM execs said Monday. ... Ironically, IBM/Lotus was the first to offer AIM integration several years ago, but that pac...

Declan Lynch from the opening session:The new Hannover client. At the moment all I can say is WOW. it looks great and seems to be pretty fast. this looks like a product that end users will finally be very very happy to use. It has proper windows gestures like being able to highligh documents...

In INV101, Kevin Cavanaugh just mentioned that later this year, Domino 7 will have standard out-of-the-box RSS feed support as well as blog template support. There's not a lot of detail being shared about this right now, so I will dig into what else I can write a bit later....

I'm sitting in INV101, "Notes Domino 'Hannover' and Beyond". Lots of good stuff -- I'll probably update this entry a few times. Kevin Cavanaugh is showing the Notes plug-in 7.0.1 running on the IBM Workplace Managed Client 2.6 on a RedHat Linux desktop. This will go to beta shortly. Cool....

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One of this morning's biggest announcements is Lotus Sametime 7.5. Keys to the announcement: A brand new rich end-user experience Voice over IP and audio/video integration (including with Avaya, Polycom, Nortel, Siemens, Tandberg) Interoperability with major public IM networks include...

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I'll be occasionally blogging live on this thread and others from the Lotusphere 2006 opening session. If you're here, feel free to add your thoughts on this post! Notes licenses are up -- 125 million licenses sold 71,000+ downloads of Notes/Domino 7 Double-digit growth6,000 atten...

Without giving away anything that will get anyone irritated at me, here are four things to watch in the Lotusphere 2006 opening general session: There's more to the Sametime 7.5 news than what has been written so far There's more to the Mac news than what has been written so far "Hannove...

Several bloggers have been catching the Business Development Day sessions and Jumpstarts. Some of the BD Day stuff is under NDA until tomorrow, but there are still a number of cool observations. The LotusUserGroup.org "Live from Lotusphere 2006" blog is up and running, and has its first gu...

Luggage arrived

January 22 2006

Not that it was keeping anyone up at night, but my suitcase finally arrived at the Dolphin, 14 hours after I did. Thanks, American! A great evening overall with the usual fantastic dinner hosted by Penumbra (check out their new website, and congrats to Lance Spellman on his election to the...

I had the pleasure of finally meeting Alex Hernandez in person yesterday. He is a very warm and friendly person, and it was nice to finally put a face and a name together. Alex has blogged about what he saw at IBM Software University, specifically about IBM Workplace Forms:Today I attended a...

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...

O to Orlando

January 21 2006

What a busy 24 hours! Friday evening, I checked off the very last Cirque du Soleil show -- "O" -- from my to-do list. While I could use a trite line about saving the best for last, I'm not sure it applies. "O" is, though, very, very good It is clasically Cirque -- the acrobatics, the music...

The iSeries team published a Notesbench for Domino 7 today...a 16-way box supporting 250,000 users and a NotesMark of 331,188. Wow! (Thanks, Chris)...

A thoughtful analysis of the folly of discussing Notes application migration in the first place:It's the migration tool that raised my eyebrows... it's one of those things that sounds really nice on the face of it, but doesn't matter at all. The "popular templates that ship with Lotus Notes" are...

Gee, that's funny... Microsoft has pulled the beta of the newly announced version of the Application Analyzer for Lotus Notes down from microsoft.com. The entry on the page referenced in yesterday's press release now just says "coming soon". The old 2003 version is still available. It cou...

Putting another blogging face on Lotus marketing, VP Surjit Chana has joined the bloggers on IBM developerWorks. Looking forward to his insights from Lotusphere next week, and beyond. (some weird MIME rendering issue is converting part of the link (b l o g = 8 0 8) incorrectly. See correct...

You know what's funny about dropping customer names? Sometimes, just mentioning a company name doesn't tell the whole story. There's a huge difference between saying something like "xyz customer announced an intention to" and "xyz customer finished implementing and is really really happy". I'...

The IBM Lotus Quickplace team has posted a 3-minute podcast outlining their presence at Lotusphere 2006. The podcast introduces the presentation team for session ID405, Lotus Quickplace 7 and beyond. Should be a good session. Link: Podcast: Quickplace team previews Lotusphere 2006 (fou...

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...

Wow, what a surprise -- Microsoft has issued a press release today about their plans for "plucking" Lotus Notes/Domino customers. As anticipated earlier this morning, it discusses updated migration tools from Notes to Microsoft, and some specific wins on Microsoft's part. As to the tools,...

Hmmm, not there yet... The good news is, we have a "Red Bull" field report already. Paul Mooney ran the updated Microsoft Application Analzyer over the weekend, and found that There is very little of anything to this tool. Now, it looks good, don't get me wrong, but in my opinion, it has l...

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...

eWeek publishes the first comprehensive lab review of Notes/Domino 7 and concludes, "With Version 7 of the Lotus Domino server and Notes client, IBM continues to provide the richest integrated collaborative environment available today." Some good quotes:Most of the major improvements in this re...

Off to Las Vegas

January 15 2006

Heading out this evening to IBM's Software University in Las Vegas. Will have plenty to blog about during this pre-Lotusphere week. If you are in Vegas, please be sure to introduce yourself. Places to find me include the sessions I'm delivering on Tuesday/Wednesday/ Thursday/Friday, the p...

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...

Put the gloves on!

January 12 2006

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Work in process, finally

January 12 2006

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Two quotes from Mark Litchfield, director of NGS Software:"This one has massive financial implications if someone exploits it" ... "If you did it right, you could own every Outlook user in the world within a week"wow. Link: Messaging Pipeline: Microsoft's Newest Bug Could Be Awful, Researc...

E-mails are now en-route with access information, and the site is now available, for Lotusphere 2006 Online. Sea what's going on in the world of Lotusphere....

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...

This (comment #24) looks to be an interesting study [emphasis mine]:We're nearing the end of a survey asking end users about their email practices. As part of that survey, we're asking about users' satisfaction with their primary email client in the context of how well it meets their needs. At ...

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...

I can't decide whether my reaction is "I must be really out of touch" or "snail mail? who cares?"It will cost Americans 2 cents more to mail a letter starting Sunday. First-class postage rises to 39 cents for the first ounce.Confession time -- I almost totally missed this news. And I still read...

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...

www.lotusphere.com

January 6 2006

After all the discussion on the blogs the last few days, I decided to try to fall on a sword. And look, no scars! www.lotusphere.com now correctly jumps to the Lotusphere 2006 website. Thank you to the Lotus web team and the ibm.com team for listening to my plea and doing the right thing fo...

Moderated blog comments

January 6 2006

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Lotusphere On-Line 2006 will be coming online next week... with conference information (including maps, Charles Robinson!), presentation downloads, and more. I'm just looking through some of the submitted presentations now, and what do I see...hmmm.... A Domino messaging feature I never thoug...

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...

Where’s his TabletPC?

January 5 2006

(Source: Seattle Times, via Peter O'Kelly) Just curious why Mr. Gates is carrying a sheaf of paper instead of a Tablet.. Also, McDonald's? Really? At least that breakfast of champions kept his mind in shape:Asked if Google represents the most formidable threat of the company's 30-year history,...

OK, there are times I just simply don't get it, and this morning is one of those times. Last night, both Bruce and vowe blogged about the fact that IBM has lotusphere.com redirected simply to the ibm.com home page. In comments on Bruce's site, I basically pulled a "get over it", saying tha...

Infoworld reports on a new Radicati study:The study found that Exchange, Microsoft's e-mail platform, currently has 23 million more seats than Lotus Domino, IBM's e-mail platform.This is great news! Why? Because in a report published in July, 2005, Radicati indicated that Microsoft Exchange h...

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...

An interview with IBMers Robert Duffner, Doug Wilson, and Fernando Salazar on SOA and its relevance to the IBM Workplace product family:How do you think SOA is going to shape the future of the software industry (or any industry for that matter)? Doug: I'll polish up the crystal ball for tha...

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...