October 2009

A "Lotus Knows" screensaver

October 31 2009

Lotus Knows I have been asked for this a lot... Screensaver for Windows -- download (730K) here: Link: The Collaboration Soapbox: Lotus knows you need a screensaver...

So much of what makes the Lotus community vibrant is our occasional coming together -- vendor, partners, customers -- around an idea, an event, or a theme. In-person or virtual user group efforts are an important component of keeping the market informed and the energy going. Today and tomorrow...

We are loving so many of the wonderful cards and gifts that have come our way since Chloe joined our family seven days ago. Creativity is a plus, but never in a million years did I see this one coming from my assistant Jodi and her family: It's a set of baby "onesies" with Lotus Knows on the fro...

If you are in Chicago (or can be) next week Thursday, November 5, a couple of really cool events are open to you -- free! The first is the IBM Innovation Center's tenth anniversary: The IBM Innovation Center in Chicago is hosting this open house event to celebrate its 10th anniversary. It will incl...

From the comments on this article from last week, I can see that it was visible somewhere in the Lotus community... a number of you stepping in to call into question the economics and the simplification of the author's message. Putting aside that an article about Exchange 2010 starts with the thoug...

Imagine your friend or colleague opening their morning email today and finding out that they are the "IT Superstar of the Year". Now, IBM.com can help you recognize that contribution! Go here to start the recognition (and be sure to watch the resultant video all the way to the end): Link: IBM...

Home with Chloe

October 25 2009

Wow. Last week's announcement that Chloe Frances has joined our household was amazing, with support and congratulations here/Facebook/Twitter that have continued for days. Since I will be taking most of this week off and a day or two next week, blogging will continue to be a little slow here. We...

Welcome Chloe Frances Brill

October 21 2009

This morning at 11:51 AM CDT, we welcomed Chloe Frances Brill into our lives and our hearts. She was a little bit stubborn about joining us, but she was worth the wait. Six pounds even (I mistakenly read "0.3" on the scale as "3" ounces in my Twitter/Facebook update earlier today), 19 inches, and...

IBM has posted two new videos about Notes/Domino 8.5.1 on YouTube, featuring Group Product Manager Angus McIntyre. The first focuses on reasons to check out Domino Designer 8.5.1: The second explains the transition to IBM's new simplified Domino client access licensing: No claims that these a...

IBM and Canonical ramp up the message around the client for Smart Work...Citing recent Gartner research that said migration to Windows 7 could cost businesses around $2,000 per user due to new PC requirements, IBM said its Client for Smart Work package is geared to help companies save up to 50 perce...

Balanced article from Computerworld exploring the truth or the stretching of it as it pertains to SharePoint sales and deployment:"So there's no question that in the early days, SharePoint's 'momentum' was illusory. Many people were getting the Core CAL, and almost accidentally getting SharePoint CA...

This seems to be a topic of increasing interest...IBM would like your input regarding a IBM Lotus Virtualization desktop for the Notes Client. Background: The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure VDI is beginning to replace traditional desktop clients in today's workplace. Some work areas starting to u...

Niklas Heidloff has just updated the OpenNTF blog with lots of additional details on the 2010 Lotus Awards for best open source contribution:For both categories, Lotus Awards will be presented to the individual/business partner that provides the best template, solution or sample, made available via...

Prescient insights from Redmonk's James Governor:"Good enough" -- used to be a pejorative at IBM. "Good enough" is what those upstart competitors offered customers, upsetting finely honed pricing and sales models for feature-rich systems and software products. Generally IBM products suffer from an e...

Yes, I get the ironies of linking to a guy whose Fake Steve Jobs blog once called me names. Still, after looking at Wave myself this week, and reading a bunch of blogs and having some conversations about it, I think Lyons sums this up pretty well:Maybe you've heard about Google Wave. It's the hot n...

New levels of transparency

October 15 2009

Most of the comments in yesterday's posting about Domino Designer and Domino Express customers are along the lines of "here's what you [Ed/IBM] should do". It struck me as I scrolled to about comment 28 this morning, we are having a truly remarkable and transparent discussion. My team and...

By far, the number one question I've received since we announced changes to the Notes/Domino licensing structure last week has been: How do I use Domino Designer with Domino Collaboration Express? This question comes up because under the "old rules", you could not combine Domino Express and Notes...

Paul was kind enough to blog this simple guide to using Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.1 on the iPhone last week, but 8.5.1 had not yet shipped. Now that the code is out, I wanted to link back to Paul's tutorial:I presented on Lotus Traveler and went through the iPhone setup using a webcam. I figured it...

My colleagues in IBM's globalization team (they do product internationalization) are conducting a survey, and would like your input. Generally, they are looking for customer satisfaction information related to several aspects of IBM products. You can respond to the survey for any IBM product, but...

I love when the stars align. The 2010 Lotus Awards nominations are now open. In case you are unfamiliar with the Lotus Awards, these are the premier recognition of technology and solutions built atop IBM Lotus and WebSphere Portal software. The awards are announced in December and/or at Lotuspher...

It's got to be one of these people... ...who would have thought that Bob Picciano, Darren Adams, Kitty Elsmore, Steve McDonagh, and the monkey would all be contributors to @FakeEdBrill on Twitter? Now I am seriously bummed that I didn't get to UKLUG last week and missed out on the chance to mee...

The no-charge download of IBM Lotus Domino Designer 8.5.1 is now available off ibm.com/developerworks/lotus. You must have or create an IBM ID to register for the download -- we want to be able to follow up with you!...

Earlier today, Notes/Domino 8.5.1 became available for download. The IBM developerWorks site will be updated later today with the new free download for Lotus Domino Designer. There are probably a few other lingering issues to be worked out today; we also still have to publish the licensing convers...

If you aren't reading Mary Beth Raven's series of postings on what's new and great in the Notes 8.5.1 client, you're missing out. She's been highlighting a whole lot of usability work that went into this release...some of it subtle, some of it in-your-face. I'm not trying to compete :-) but I jus...

The deadline for abstract submission for Lotusphere 2010 was yesterday. A week ago, I was a little concerned that we didn't have submissions in some key tracks...well, at least now we see that extending the deadline made sense. And just like last year, we received over 1000 submissions and over 10...

A few blogs and emails have asked in the last few days, "is Domino Designer really free?" I realize it's hard to answer that without the benefit of the license agreement and other details that will become visible on Monday, but the answer is unequivocally "yes". Here's the way it works -- startin...

We were fortunate enough to have a great timing confluence on Tuesday -- the Notes/Domino 8.5.1 launch, a Lotus brand customer event at the Willis Tower here in Chicago, and the "Lotus Knows" bus visit to Chicago. Even better -- there were "Lotus Knows" ads running on the monitors in the elevators...

After dinner last night, I took a few minutes to snapshot some of the reactions to yesterday's Notes/Domino 8.5.1 announcements from blogs and Twitter. Here's what I shared with my team -- by no means is it a complete list. Declaration of a national holiday in Spain by blogger Albert Buendia; "We...

Earlier today, I wrote about significant changes to the way IBM sells Lotus Notes and Domino in blog entries announcing free Domino Designer and the new Client Access License model for Domino. In part three, I'd like to talk about other changes to our licensing and offerings in the Notes/Domino fam...

In the wee hours this morning, I wrote about the Notes/Domino 8.5.1 launch and today's biggest news -- Lotus Domino Designer is now free. Reinvigorating our application development community is a key objective of Notes/Domino 8.5.1 -- but not the only one. Another objective my team and I set for...

It's finally here -- today is announcement day for Notes/Domino 8.5.1! The channel announcement is live, the press release will be issued this morning, press coverage is trickling in, and the LotusUserGroup.org webcast on Notes/Domino 8.5.1 is happening at Noon US EDT. Oh, and the channel announce...

Here are some useful links related to today's Notes/Domino 8.5.1 launch: Press release: IBM Brings Lotus Notes and Domino Software to Full Spectrum of Web Devices ibm.com: Notes/Domino 8.5.1 overview ibm.com: Domino Client Access Licensing ibm.com: Licensing FAQs for Notes/Domino (updated for 8....

Lotus Knows there will be a lot of press and blog coverage of the Notes/Domino 8.5.1 announcement on Tuesday, October 6... this blog entry will track it all. USA Today, Technology Live: IBM makes iPhone more attractive to businesses:Tech industry analyst Michael Osterman, president of Osterman Res...

Friday was the one-year anniversary of my promotion to Director of Product Management. I am grateful to my current and former managers and executives for the opportunity I was handed on October 2, 2008. The first year of life as an IBM executive has been challenging, inspiring, educational, and fu...

So as some of the astute readers of Twitter and blogs noted, IBM extended the submission deadline for Lotusphere 2010 abstracts to October 9. This means you still have a few more days to get your proposals in for consideration. I was looking through the database tonight (yes, it's a Saturday nigh...

On Monday, IBM will formally announce LotusLive iNotes: business-quality, cloud-based, low-cost email. At a list price of US$36/user/year, LotusLive iNotes delivers the right tools to provide email to a broad range of users, along with sibling roots and integration with Lotus Notes/Domino and Lotus...

Been focused most of the day on getting the final details in place for the Notes/Domino 8.5.1 launch. In the process, one of the interesting bits of product information I came across was the scoop on how Lotus Protector for Mail Security 2.5 has some nice integration with the Notes 8.5.1 client. S...