January 2010

A Bold upgrade

January 29 2010

Extremely grateful to my friends at RIM for upgrading me to the new Blackberry Bold 9700. I was one of the first Bold 9000 users, and I abused the heck out of that thing. It was finally a Blackberry that became a Crackberry for me...the whole reason I never wanted a Blackberry in the first place....

This white paper was published a few weeks ago but got lost in the pre-Lotusphere shuffle. Since we talked about virtualization in the Notes/Domino keynote at Lotusphere, I heard from many customers that having more details on how we view client virtualization is important. We've come a long way s...

The ibm.com team is utilizing some new techniques to display product screen shots on our Lotus iNotes web pages. In the past, I've heard complaints that screen shots are hard to find on our website. The new technology makes them easier to find, display, zoom, and interact. A bug in webkit-based...

More UK press analysis coming out of Lotusphere...[T]wo questions must be addressed in the days ahead. First, is the matter of whether IBM can actually live up to its promises to create a open and more developer-friendly platform than Microsoft. Microsoft might have the partner and developer...

That's a pretty impressive headline....As part of an IT cost-cutting exercise, a large multinational firm reduced its IBM Lotus Notes/Domino operating costs by more than $11 million over two years ($2.5 million for 2009, $8.6 million for 2010). It achieved this mainly through significant reductions...

As expected, now that a week has passed since the IBM Project Vulcan announcement, several bloggers, analysts, and pundits have offered initial reactions. That there is this much excitement is clearly a good thing. I'd like to pull out a few of the more interesting and/or provocative observations...

I have to admit, DJ Steve Porter wasn't on my radar until a few months ago, when Bob Picciano pinged me the "slap chop rap" video link on YouTube. So I wasn't entirely surprised to see the man himself standing on the Lotusphere stage at the closing session, and I love what he did to our week:...

Lotusphere 2010: Family

January 22 2010

The press loves to describe Lotusphere as a "reunion of the faithful". The reality, though, is I saw tons of "first time" buttons this week (I think Bob Balaban ran out), and I had plenty of "this is my first Lotusphere" conversations. The next sentence was usually "it's fantastic". Lotus Knows t...

I was going to write a whole blog entry about our exciting Notes partnership with Tungle, and its implications now and into the future of IBM Project Vulcan, but ZDNet's Oliver Marks did it for me:The challenge of adopting multitudes of innovative 2.0 and mobile applications is that they may make yo...

One of our announcements this week at Lotusphere 2010 is a partnership with Gist. I met with Gist yesterday to learn more about the service and their plans for Notes integration, and walked away incredibly impressed. Gist CEO T.A. McCann is here, and while we had never met, he knew all about me be...

At Lotusphere 2010 yesterday, IBM announced the upcoming beta of Lotus Symphony 3.0, coming in February. Symphony 3.0 is based on the OpenOffice.org version 3 codebase, with a refined user interface, more features, support for Visual Basic macros, and the latest Open Document Formats. Symphony 3.0...

During Lotusphere 2010 today, we announced that, like other parts of IBM software, Lotus Domino will soon be available as a developer/test image on the Amazon EC2 web services cloud. This service will be available through IBM developerWorks and makes a great complement to the newly-free Domino Desi...

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...

This morning, we announced several planned and available improvements to Lotus Notes Traveler, though not all the details were covered in the opening session. First, let's get to the two big bits. Today, IBM announced Lotus Notes Traveler Companion, which is IBM's first-ever application available...

I don't want to spoil it all but let me say this -- there will be more news in each of the mini-keynotes today and tomorrow. That includes mine/Kevin Cavanaugh's at 1 PM, the premises/cloud/appliance one Tuesday morning, and the app dev mini keynote. And as I suggested last week, you really want t...

Today at Lotusphere 2010, we laid out a vision, a blueprint, a concept for the future of collaboration, including the future of Lotus Notes, from IBM Lotus. Called IBM Project Vulcan, the demonstration highlighted several components to the Lotus collaboration vision. In the past, the complaint ab...

My plans for Monday are simple. I could live blog, but there is going to be so much announced on Monday I'll never be able to keep up (oh, and Fake Steve Jobs will make fun of me again). Instead, I will be posting blog entries and updates throughout the day, covering news and vision coming live fr...

Mikkel captured one of the moments of applause from Lotusphere 2010's business development day general session:I was happy to hear that Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino will also go into controlled distribution in 2010 meaning that you have to be certified to sell it. I find that a very good, although b...

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"....

I couldn't help but laugh when I saw Microsoft's "explanation" today of IBM's recent win announcement regarding Panasonic. Microsoft claims that only 4% of Panasonic was using Exchange Server, and claims that IBM was just keeping a Notes customer. I was surprised the blog entry wasn't written by...

Nice to see a UK publication expose the reality of where gMail is at today...Comparing the Notes architecture back then (all of which is still in the product, even now) with what Google is laboriously developing, as if there were no prior art, is pretty illuminating: Notes does smart replication bet...

I'm packing my bags for Orlando today, ready to see the Florida sun tomorrow. It's been a busy week -- well, a busy extended period -- readying the show, and in just a few short days, it will all be worth it. Like those of you who attend the conference as customers, partners, analysts, press, or e...

For a few days, I was teasing the coming release of this video...congratulations to Ascendant and iRise -- they really topped their effort from Lotusphere 2009.......

TheInfoBoom.com is a community website run by CIO.com and IBM. The site's focus is on mid-market-sized organizations. Last month, Kevin Hansen wrote the site's weekly "Expert's opinion" about Lotus Notes and had a lot of great discussion with other InfoBoomers. This week, I am the guest expert an...

A few minutes ago, Steve Mills announced some changes to the organizational structure of IBM Software Group. On the one hand, how we run the organization is a relatively internally-focused set of decisions; on the other hand, it is important for the community around Lotus to know what changes are h...

We're less than a week away from Lotusphere 2010. The conference agenda is filled with tons of great choices for sessions to attend, and I've enjoyed reading the postings so far from those who are planning their week. Politically, I should probably recommend every session -- from my team, my deve...

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...

One of the most popular labs at Lotusphere the last few years has been the User Experience labs. At Lotusphere 2010, there are nearly two dozen feedback opportunities in the labs, across Lotus's existing products as well as shiny new concepts. There will be both scheduled formal interactive sessio...

Collin Murray is the Program Director for Lotus Domino, part of my product management team. After hearing some recent competitive FUD, he asked for the opportunity to share some realities about cost-effective storage for Domino. Storage. I've been hearing about it a lot lately, and not just abou...

I can't believe it's only two weeks away! We're in the final countdown to Lotusphere 2010, and as usual, the preceding weeks are a flurry of activity to put the show together. I'll be in our Massachusetts labs this week to review keynotes and session content, as well as work on some last-minute de...