October 2008

Professionals at migration

October 30 2008

With a contact e-mail address like this, I guess we can tell what their professional stance regarding Lotus Notes is: Oddly, nothing much on their website about this service -- I found the presentation through a Google ad which leads you to a page titled "Removing the asbestos of software". I g...

Making a Bold move

October 30 2008

As I've traveled the last few weeks, my Blackberry Pearl has been the subject of a bit of mockery. True, the trackball barely works, and the back cover is duct-taped on, but I've been very happy with the Pearl as a business-class device... so I've held on. I knew that in time, RIM would come up wi...

eWeek takes a look at Notes/Domino 8.0.2:But the application I'm speaking of has been doing most of these things since the early 1990s; in fact, in many ways it's the forefather of the modern Web 2.0 applications. The application I'm talking about is Lotus Notes. While some may think of Notes as an...

A few appearances of recent IBM news around Notes/Domino: Both Osterman Research and Gartner have published opinions on the Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging announcement from last week. From Osterman, "Notes in the Cloud":[T]he new offering would be a good way for current Notes-enabled organi...

I can't say much about my time in San Jose today other than "I met with Apple". Not trying to start rumors -- they're not ever helpful in the Apple space. Instead, my point is that I realized tonight how much of my time in my new job has been spent with partners and the Notes/Domino ecosystem. Th...

For the first time in many years, I find myself in a position where having a tool to track my team's projects -- at a high-level, not a day-to-day Gantt chart -- would be really useful. Surely this must have been done a million times as a Notes application....so whose should I look at? I am happ...

You may have noticed...

October 26 2008

...that the rate and pace of blogging has slowed down here a bit. In part that was a result of busy travels in the last weeks (which continue for the next few days), but also, obviously, I'm adjusting to the new role. After three full weeks at it, my primary observation is that expectations are...

We've recently redesigned the case studies page for Lotus Notes/Domino on IBM.com. The navigation is a little different -- we're highlighting new references in some key industries, and then the links to the full database follow at the bottom. We are always looking for more good references and ca...

Forrester analyst Ted Shadler offers perspective on this week's announcement of Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging:So who should look into IBM's new Notes Hosted Messaging service? At least these three groups: 1. Existing Notes customers that want to move email for some employees into the cloud. T...

I was following Oliver's tweets from the Lotus Collaboration Summit in San Francisco earlier this week... but I did not realize he had some mis-conceptions about the Lotus Notes marketplace:Pre version 8.0, the c++ email client releases still in use in a large percentage of Lotus's client base are p...

Press release on the newswire this morning...will be on ibm.com shortly:IBM today announced that Global Hyatt Corporation will standardize on IBM Lotus Notes and Domino and Lotus Sametime software for unified communications and collaboration among its thousands of employees and its 365 managed, oper...

Among this morning's IBM channel announcements is the new Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging offering. As was previewed last month by Bob Picciano, this new offering offers IBM customers the flexibility of deploying Lotus Notes/Domino on premise or in a cloud model, hosted by IBM. Some of the key data p...

Watch for more on this topic shortly......

Via Julian and Keith, I've been pointed to a SharePoint community blog that offers up a SharePoint Price Calculator. While you can quarrel with the inclusion of some of the individual line items, and some customers could argue that they already own some of the pieces, it's a very simple way to see...

Stack overflow

October 17 2008

I realize it's been mostly radio silence here during my travels this week. It can be summed up in a short comment I made to Maja Kumme, Director for Lotus here in Germany, last night. She asked me if I get any opportunities during my travel to enjoy, or at least experience, the places I'm visiting...

Support for Lotus Symphony

October 15 2008

After a short customer meeting near Heathrow, I'm headed onward to the Frankfurt area tonight. During this quick stop, UK messaging sales leader Darren Adams was kind enough to give my boss and I a lift to the airport. One of our topics of discussion was how customers can obtain support for Lotus...

One of the great aspects of my job change is that it is not fundamentally a subject matter change. While I certainly have the new opportunity to develop deeper knowledge on some of our product areas, at a basic level, I'm still going to be out here talking about Lotus Notes, Domino, and Symphony pr...

Good catch by Stuart, who saw this factoid in Chris Pepin's report on a recent presentation:In terms of the client, there are over 80,000 employees on Notes 8.x and over 140,000 employees running Lotus Symphony - both integrated into Notes 8 and standalone.Symphony is one of the products my new team...

OK, Paul Robichaux, you were right -- it was bad admin... House of Representatives' email, and Internet services on Blackberrys, experienced a severe service outage, which began last night. This failure also has affected employees' access to shared drives and has impacted some websites within the Ho...

About a month ago, Jimmy Mooney released NotesCal, an iPhone app for accessing your Notes calendar. This morning, he's updated (and rebranded) the application as Notes Pro, supporting Domino mail, calendar, contacts, and to-do access on the iPhone. It's another step forward in terms of iPhone + Do...

More proof that the App Store is the killer app component of the iPhone...Scientists studying the mobile web are seeding Apple's iPhone Applications Store with research projects in a bid to see how users in the real world take to them. The projects include an experimental text-input system and an ap...

I'm suddenly much more interested in conversations like this one...Some people want a new workspace (especially since the iPhone) and some want the "open" dialog enhanced. Either way, Lotus have to manage and evolve two front ends to keep people happy. I had a suggestion before, and based on conve...

By far the most frequently-asked question in the last 72 hours has been, "what exactly is your new role?" I realized at some point last night that my initial blog entry used a lot of high level words, but didn't describe the day-to-day. After spending yesterday in an all-day operational review, I...

It has been over eight years since I moved from Boston back to Chicago, after two years working in the Lotus division offices in Westford and Cambridge, Massachusetts. So there was some sense of déjà vu yesterda. I drove out to Westford for the first time in many years, and sat in an office with t...

I have a new job!

October 6 2008

IBM personnel announcements aren't normally a topic for this blog. However, Earlier today, Kevin Cavanaugh, Vice President - Messaging and Collaboration, and Michael Garbett, Director - Worldwide Sales, announced that I have been promoted to Director, End-User Messaging and Collaboration. I guess...

Cold call from Unify

October 6 2008

A lot of people have been looking for me through various connection methods today, so when my phone showed a series of incoming calls via my published IBM phone number, I eventually broke down and answered it. On the other end, calling through the central IBM phone number, was "Drew" from Unify. I...

(Forgive the date/time stamp...I inadvertently set the date of my Friday evening post to Monday...thus this time stamp is done only to make this entry chronologically later than the last one) I'm in the Boston area today for the first day of my new job. As I mentioned when announcing on Friday eve...

The marketing team did a great job with today's Lotus Collaboration Summit event in Chicago. Navy Pier was a surprising choice for an event like this, but other than being at the far end of the convention center, and the crew in the next room using mechanical equipment to set up another conference...

Since I get asked about extst.ibm.com, a lot...There are a number of ways for customers and partners to exchange instant messages with IBM employees. Chris goes on to document the three ways: direct Sametime connectivity, Extranet Sametime service, and public instant messaging networks. He also hi...

As Andrew and others have noticed, the US House of Representatives is having a bit of an inbound mail volume issue...The House has implemented measures to limit the amount of e-mails flowing through to congressmen during high-traffic periods. If a person is tries to e-mail his representative during...

Forrester muses over what IBM's release of iNotes for the iPhone means for the overall mobility market...This time around, it's IBM that did it -- a third-party. And that is the crux of the matter: An independent company can extend the value of iPhone by building a mobile Internet application. Nothi...