January 2009

While I was in Boston earlier this week, I finally got to catch up with Yancy Lent and take delivery of the Planet Lotus blogger of the year award. Somehow we never connected in Orlando! I want to thank David Leedy and his wife for making the cool plaque, now hanging in my office, and to all of...

A highlight for me during Lotusphere 2009 was delivering INV102, the Notes/Domino strategy and roadmap presentation along with Brent Peters. After many years of attending this session, I was actually delivering it! We had almost 1000 people attend the session, maybe more as I heard it went to the...

Among our many announcements last week was a plan to integrate Lotus Notes with online calendaring service Tungle:At the Lotusphere conference in Orlando, IBM announced new key partnerships with Tungle, TripIt, LinkedIn, and Salesforce. ... Tungle is proud to be working with such a respected, and...

Nice pickup of some of the key messages around Sametime Unified Telephony from last week...The larger issue that John Beck and his Lotus colleagues discussed was the idea, which underlies Lotus Sametime Unified Telephony, that Unified Communications means people contact (or try to contact) you, not...

The IBM events calendar is starting to list out Lotusphere Comes to You dates and cities, including a decent list in the US, many of the Asian locations, and a few of the European ones. More will be added over time, and I believe business partners interested in hosting an LCTY can still contact our...

It's online now...At our opening general session, General Manager Bob Picciano and his team will articulate how new developments will provide exponential opportunities for our IBM Business Partners and our customers. You'll hear from game-changers in our community, they'll share their real world wis...

Well they call everything else beta, so why not pile on some more beta on top of beta...Google Tuesday made available in beta an offline capability for its Gmail platform so business and consumer users can work with e-mail and eventually calendar items while disconnected from the network. ... The o...

Several industry analysts have posted thoughts on Lotusphere in the last few days....let's take a look.... Ovum: Lotusphere 2009 - an alchemy of integration?The feeling of Lotusphere 2009 is one of an alchemy of integration - of disparate elements being steadily morphed into precious metals by the...

In response to one of the point-counterpoint of the pre-Lotusphere spoiler articles, an anonymous customer leaves the following comment:I work for a 15k+ organization, and we stopped our migration to Exchange, in part because of the costs to migrate, but also because we found out we could save money...

Lotusphere 2009: wifi

January 26 2009

Understandably, a few of the Lotusphere 2009 summary blogs have complained/criticized the wifi situation during the conference. There were times and places where it was just unusable. In the closing session, Bob Picciano tried to address this head on, saying that we had planned but had really no i...

An anonymous blogger has been writing for over a year about his company's transition from IBM Lotus to Microsoft. It's been clear from the writing that the decision was political, that the migration has run into hurdles of overpromised impossibilities, and that it's just plain way more complicated...

Oh noes, not again...The tech-savvy Obama White House is suffering the inconvenience and embarrassment of an e-mail crash that has lasted several hours this afternoon, according to published reports. The outage was announced at 1:30 p.m. during a regular briefing at which Press Secretary Robert Gib...

This is worth checking out...an article on Design @ IBM about how Lotus iNotes ultra-light was built and is meeting the needs of customers. More describing the process than the product, this article highlights how our user experience team sought to build a device-appropriate interface that would me...

Network World interviews Tim Kounadis, Director of channels and partners at IBM Lotus, on all the new channel opportunities coming out of Lotusphere, including LotusLive. The article also features partner and analyst views, such as:Whether its online or on-premise at its heart its still Lotus, and...

Redmonk has taken a good look from both on-site and outside at Lotusphere 2009: James Governor, "How I Was Wrong About The Fearsome Engine That is IBM, Or, Thoughts on Lotus, Software and Elephants":My advice to large enterprise customers--check out the new Lotus tools, they might surprise you. And...

Several bloggers have picked this up during Lotusphere (thanks Mick, Paul, Chris, Bruce etc.)... the Domino development team has posted a Domino Attachment and Object Service Estimator:The DAOS Estimator (daosest) is a tool for planning the roll-out of DAOS on the Domino 8.5 server. The tool iterate...

There's a ton of analyst and blogger coverage of Lotusphere, and I can tell that it will take me days to digest it all. In this morning's reading, I'm contemplating the different viewpoints of these two analysts. Ferris, "Lotus Symphony--Hard to See Why It Will Succeed":There are reasonable argume...

Taking a momentary break from the Lotusphere flow and recap, this is a very timely and useful discussion with IBM's Adam Christensen about our social media philosophy. I get asked a lot why IBM doesn't have a few well-known voices in the blogosphere or Twitterverse. Adam captures that with laser f...

Some Lotusphere thank yous

January 23 2009

I read Mitch Cohen's summary of Lotusphere this morning and thought it was a good format to copy. In part, this is because I ended up running into Mitch a lot more this year than at prior Lotuspheres, and really came to enjoy his sense of humor. Laughter is needed during what is at times a very in...

Gotta like when we have an advocate cheering us on to take out Exchange...perhaps what Obama's IT staff should really do is just do a mass replacement of the existing archaic Windows PCs and Microsoft systems with Macs and Linux-powered e-mail servers. For that matter, they could switch back to Lotu...

Strong endorsement from an expert in social networking:Perhaps the most important news of the week, but overshadowed by election news is LinkedIn's partnership with IBM which extends it's social graph info to Lotus collaboration and community suite. Why is this important? It means that workers can n...

This is the press release IBM issued early Wednesday covering new mobility and universal access updates:Verizon Wireless and Orange will give their mobile network customers access to IBM Lotus Notes and Domino software on their hand-held devices, expanding Lotus email access up to 85 million users a...

In my first Lotusphere back in product management, my contribution and schedule are very different than the last several conferences. No longer do I get to flit in and out of the conference office, finding out which sessions are popular and which speakers did well or hearing about the daily goings-...

Gartner takes a first look at IBM's acquisition of assets of Outblaze:This deal will help IBM compete with Microsoft, Google and Cisco Sstems in the market for low-priced hosted e-mail and collaboration services, especially for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). The hosted e-mail market is growin...

Also extensively covered on the blogs and Twitter...official press release is not on the wire yet this morning, but I will post a new entry when it is:IBM/Lotus for the first time ever will provide users of the iPhone and other mobile devices that support ActiveSync with real-time access to their em...

Update 1/29/09 -- the video's no longer where I thought it was. Here's the Alloy homepage on ibm.com And the video that was embedded here is now at this link on sap.com...

Bold battery

January 20 2009

Yesterday was easily the most punishing day I've put my Blackberry Bold through in the last three months. At the end of the day, I still had two blocks of battery life left. I was very surprised. Now part of this may be that there's not much 3G coverage around here, and my data access wasn't chew...

There is an interesting change in the dynamic of sharing information and providing feedback at this Lotusphere. At least from my side of the table as the vendor, I am finding myself watching the Twitter #LS09 stream (11th most-popular hashtag at the moment) and the people I follow a lot more than I...

Looking like the tough stretch for Redmond continues...Microsoft has been sued by a small Wisconsin business for allegedly misrepresenting the capabilities of its Live Communications Server product, selling the company more licenses than it needed and not providing a refund or other products to solv...

I'm sitting in David Allen and Eric Mack's session and am so pleased with the turnout. The room is about 2/3rds full and Eric and David are on fire. This is an incredible presentation and worth the price of admission alone. Very honored that David was able to join us. While I won't get a chance...

This may be our first coverage of the morning...LinkedIn has partnered with IBM to create a new plugin that integrates its professional social network into Lotus Notes, a popular business desktop client that includes Email, calendar, and IM functionality. The plugin is making its debut to the public...

In the manner of a liveblog.... The Blue Man Group has just finished "Rock Concert Movement"... y'all weren't quite into it yet this morning though, took some time to warm up. And for Carl Tyler's benefit.... we had them hired before your charity drive but it's been a really fun laugh.... 8:45...

Business partners who attended yesterday's business development day general session got a real treat -- a chance to see artist Dan Dunn in action. My colleague Tim Kounadis writes (username/password for Paxos required):We also had artist Dan Dunn there - who wowed the audience! Although I talked...

For many years, it has been my tradition to live-blog the Lotusphere opening general session. It's a fun and frenetic activity to liveblog an event, and I've tried hard to do it in the true spirit and not take too many pre-event hints on what will be announced. Website traffic soars, good informat...

When we were finalizing the schedule for Lotusphere 2009, the intent had been to schedule two session slots for INV102, "Notes/Domino: The Road Ahead". Unfortunately, that thought never made it through to the final, printed agenda. As such, there is no scheduled INV102 repeat -- the only time our...

Well this was completely unexpected.... For the last couple of weeks, PlanetLotus.org has had voting open for blogger of the year. I am totally surprised by this, in a good way of course! Thank you. I appreciate that the community voted to recognize my blog and blogging. I am sorry I was no...

I'm on a plane in the morning.... can't wait to get there.......

Now available... Link: IBM developerWorks: Notes/Domino 8.5 trial...

About seven months ago, I went to DNUG in Bremen and was asked to answer one question -- what about Notes 8 and Citrix? My answer was, we're working on it, especially for Notes 8.0.2 and beyond. Earlier this week, we published a 40-page technical paper discussing Notes 8 on Citrix:IBM and Citrix h...

More Lotusphere predictions and previews...What should you expect from the 16th annual Lotusphere next week? Lots of cloud computing talk and new customers on stage. IBM Bluehouse extranet SAAS service, Lotus Notes 8.5, Lotus Symphony for the Mac, and Web 2.0-oriented widgets and mashups for applica...

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...

The Lotus Symphony license allows for fairly open distribution of the download package, so we see Symphony available in a lot of places. However, I believe this is the first announcement of Symphony being pre-loaded, OEM-style, on a laptop computer at purchase:In addition, Intel's smallest and lowe...

We have a very exciting session lined up on Tuesday at 3 PM ... the return of Lotusphere Idol! In this session, five contestants/teams will show us their stuff, and a panel of celebrity judges will decide their fate. The winner will be speaking at Lotusphere 2009, Thursday morning, in their very o...

500-employee company moves from Notes 6.5 (the article's first paragraph incorrectly says Notes 8) to Google gmail...let's take a look:February marks the second anniversary of Google Apps Premier Edition, the beefed-up version of the free Google Apps hosted service launched in 2002 that revolutioniz...

It's been really exciting to be a part of the planning for this... The Lotusphere 2009 Blogger Program combines access to press conferences, key IBM executives, and one-time-only events designed to show bloggers a side of Lotus/Lotusphere they have never seen before. Bloggers in the program will ha...

I've spent much of the weekend on Lotusphere. In the solace of a quiet, snowy weekend at home, it has been easy and, dare I say, relaxing to focus on the myriad of preparations needed before I get on a plan five+ days from now. I worked for nearly seven hours straight on Saturday, and a few more o...

Just finished listening to the Taking Notes podcast, episode 93. Paul Mooney, Bill Buchan, Tom Duff, and hosts Julian Robichaux and Bruce Elgort look into their crystal balls and talk about their hopes, expectations, and predictions for Lotusphere. It's well worth a listen -- I laughed out loud se...

A comprehensive review of Symphony on the Mac...While most folks want to have a debate between Microsoft's Office and Apple's iWork, I have fallen in love with the new kid on the block in the Mac-world, IBM's Lotus Symphony. Unlike Office and iWork, Symphony is free, which is a huge plus in the new...

Back by popular demand...and new and improved with a focus on the LotusScript API. This will be up on the Lotusphere website shortly...Notes Developers and Business Partners have been waiting for a Lotus Symphony LotusScript API -- it has arrived! This hands-on workshop teaches the participant to i...

Tom Duff is back at it for CIO.com. The article talks about Google gadgets in the Notes 8 sidebar in a way that is understandable by any technologist. The conclusion is what grabs me, though:Once you realize that your Notes client can go beyond e-mail and workflow applications, the value you get f...

This is nice to see...IBM Lotus iNotes Ultralite For the many enterprises running Lotus Domino eMail, iNotes Ultralite brings e-mail, calendar, and contacts to the iPhone. To make this work, IT needs to upgrade the company's Notes server with Domino Web Access 8.0.2. Employees then simply point the...

The IBM team fielded this question more frequently than any other at Macworld Expo yesterday: "Why are you here?" In my mind, no question could be a better entree. In fact, it was essentially that question we wanted to answer simply with our physical presence -- tying the launch of Notes 8.5 and S...

Live from the Moscone Center in San Francisco...IBM today announced that the new IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 collaboration software with social computing features, is now available for all Mac OS X Leopard-powered computers. In addition, IBM's free Lotus Symphony document, spreadsheet and presentation soft...

Like I said... Forbes, IBM Polishes Its Apple Offerings:For the first time, IBM is eager to point out that new business-focused software will be released for Apple's operating system and the PC at the same time. Previous software versions had been published as late as a year after the Windows-compa...

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...

In case you missed it over the holidays, TechCrunch published a story on Notes/Domino on December 24th, entitled "Two free tickets to Lotusphere--is IBM's Lotus Notes Out of Touch With Web 2.0 World?" The article is an interview with myself and Kevin Cavanaugh, VP for Lotus messaging and collaborat...

With the Lotusphere kick-off being just a little over two weeks away, I wanted to offer one last reminder that we are taking submissions for the 2009 edition of Lotusphere Idol! We've received a number of abstracts already -- in fact, more than we can accept -- but just in case someone was still th...