November 2004

I just sent out informal e-mail notification to the 83 speakers in the Lotusphere 2005 infrastructure track that their sessions have been approved. There are 51 sessions approved in the track, up from 45 in 2004. Over 150 session abstracts were submitted, for this track alone -- a record. ...

TCO study - I need your help

November 30 2004

It seems that sponsored research and analyst reports are an ongoing blog theme here. This time, though, it's not-yet-published research that I'm writing about...and more importantly, need participants. IBM Lotus recently retained a major analyst company to create an updated TCO report on Domino...

I've been getting a lot of questions about the Lotusphere 2005 sessions in the last few days. Understandably, some of you (or your bosses) are waiting to see what the session content is going to be before deciding on whether to attend or not. The final session approvals are happening this we...

CRN: Volume deals drag out

November 29 2004

Shame. Microsoft is going on the defensive in the volume licensing game. The company's field sales force no longer is being told to push new Enterprise Agreements (EAs)--typically three-year volume deals--but rather to stem the bleeding, sources said. "The No. 1 priority for [Microsoft] sales...

Remote working note to self

November 28 2004

With the intent of getting some work done (I'm up against some deadlines this week), I left the house this afternoon to park my butt at Starbucks. Note to self -- when choosing to work remotely from Starbucks, it is best to choose one where it is unlikely that a friend or neighbor will happen ...

There are a lot of social software tools that I never have time to explore, nor see any value in. Others make perfect sense right away. It's a challenge to stay on top of trends in the market while not getting sucked in by flash-in-the-pan hype. This week, I've dipped a toe in the water on...

Engineers are trying to fix a massive computer failure at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that has caused chaos in the benefits system. More than three-quarters of its staff could not access payment processing systems on Monday after an update to desk-top computers went wrong. ... ...

First snow

November 25 2004

Chicago had its first snowfall yesterday. Combine strong winds and snow with the day before the Thanksgiving holiday and you get terrible traffic. Now why again did I agree to play messenger for a friend? This required driving into the city and back... a 3½ hour round-trip (which on a...

Following on a couple of the discussions we've had here this week, Libby Ingrassia rightly asks this question:How often are complaints about Notes and Domino (or any software for that matter) the result of lack of knowledge, poor implementation, out of date version, or simply bad choices on an e...

Several articles earlier this week that covered the unveiling of the new IBM developerWorks section on Workplace:To attract more developers to the collaboration platform, IBM launched the Workplace Resource Center on its DevloperWorks site. The new center gives a detailed overview of technologie...

More on the XACT XG2500 that I've written about a few times...David Rose, the executive sales manager at XACT, said the company had noticed the growth in the use of headset telephones just over two years ago. Headset phones generally come in two varieties: some plug into a conventional wired tel...

And more from around the blogs...Rob McDonagh met with his IBM sales team:When asked to describe the roadmap for Domino for the next few years, the rep mentioned the J2EE-based Workplace brand/product/I'm-sure-I'm-wrong-about-which-it-is, as expected. But then he pointed out that, since we have...

Surfing the blogs this morning, I found Paul Mooney's mention of an upcoming Notes/Domino 7 briefing in Dublin. No, I'm not inviting myself along (plenty to do State-side that week). It merits a mention because it's always good to see a partner taking the initiative and running events like t...

After yesterday's "hopes for ND7", I was reminded of an e-mail discussion I had with a blog reader recently. They asked, "other than DB2 [optional use of DB2 as a data store], what's really big in Notes/Domino 7?" Here was my off-the-top-of-my-head response: Target of 50% increase in scala...

Computer Associates has tapped IBM software executive John Swainson to lead the company as its new chief executive, sources said.What's interesting is that I knew this well before the press had picked up the story. Not because I work for IBM...but because starting at 9:30 CST yesterday, I had...

e-Pro's SysAdmin newswire highlights a list of reader-contributed Notes/Domino product dissapointments and hopes. I found a few of these interesting enough to respond to explicitly: "They keep selling the anti-spam features in 6.5 and 7 yet they don't tell you that it will have a huge impact...

Antepo's Maxime Seguineau calls Microsoft on the carpet for talking out of both sides of their mouth about "industry standards" in Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005.To make matters worse, rather than using a pure installation, Microsoft uses proprietary extensions of SIP/SIMPLE a...

I am not sure what the opening sentence of this article means:Microsoft will announce the release date of the next version of its Exchange Server in the first half of 2005, but until the upgrade arrives users can expect more management tools for existing versions, a company executive said this w...

New Wheels

November 21 2004

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TiVo, iPod, iTunes users -- check out what the US Congress is considering...Do you like fast-forwarding through commercials on a television program you've recorded? How much do you like it? Enough to go to jail if you're caught doing it? If a new copyright and intellectual property omnibus bill...

In my presentation earlier this week at SNUG, the Dutch user group for IBM Websphere & Lotus Software, I used a slide I've been using most of the year to describe Microsoft's track record in collaboration. Some of you have seen this... I use it to make a simple point. When considering...

Earlier today, I participated in a panel entitled "What do messaging analysts do?" at Inbox 2004 East, along with David Ferris from Ferris Research. When we set up this panel, it had been hoped that other messaging-focused analysts would agree to participate, which would have certainly made t...

Adventures in wifi roaming

November 18 2004

I realized last night, in the wee hours of my layover at JFK, that I hadn't been particularly productive during my three days in Europe. I have to qualify that -- my productivity standard is very high, in that I generally respond to all business-related e-mails within a day. I normally can kee...

"This morning", I gave a Lotus strategy and technology update presentation to SNUG, the Dutch Lotus and WebSphere user group. I counted about 60 attendees. A fairly standard presentation, but we had some good discussions and interaction. 100% of the audience have deployed custom Notes appl...

SearchDomino published a story yesterday covering a new Gartner "First take" on the IBM Workplace strategy. My impression of Gartner's report was different in reading it first-hand vs. what was I took away from the SearchDomino version. SearchDomino says In a "Gartner FirstTake," analyst To...

Bill Buchan´s new nickname

November 17 2004

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eWeek has a more detailed story about last week's IBM Workplace announcements. They also mention the forthcoming Workplace Designer tool, and cover some of the application development roadmap.Domino developers have long sworn by the Domino Designer RAD (rapid application development) tool. IBM...

smart Upgrade

November 16 2004

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My own private....

November 14 2004

Ever since it was announced, I've wanted to try out this flight. The Chicago to Düsseldorf route, sold by Lufthansa as LH437, is operated by a Swiss charter airline called PrivatAir. The plane is an Airbus A319, configured only with 48 business class seats. That makes this a fairly unus...

One TSA agent to another:Hey Ray, what was that long metal thing?...

Busy travel ahead

November 12 2004

The upcoming weeks have a fair number of events on the calendar. Hoping to meet many of you at these events... Next week, I'll be in Europe Monday - Wednesday. Monday I'm in Düsseldorf and Köln (Cologne) on what will mostly be a personal day. Tuesday, Eindhoven, Netherlands to ...

My colleague Arthur Fontaine, who some of you know from developerWorks/LDD or Partner Forum postings, webcasts, etc., has authored an article for DominoPower that discusses the Domino Express offerings:Yet tens of thousands of happy SMBs worldwide don't suffer these problems, because they use IB...

I linked to it yesterday, but here it is again: IBM Workplace Services Express demo. Why post it again? Because two people have pinged me within the last two hours to say "the UI for WSE rocks!" (well, ok, that's paraphrased). That's not normally the first thing people notice about IBM soft...

Is the IBM WebSphere product family unnecessarily complex? If you listen to the competitors the answer is a resounding yes. But the reasons for this complexity and the impact on users are less clear. A common explanation is that the complexity means that IBM sells lots of consultancy to help imp...

Another component of yesterday's Lotus-related news announcements:IBM plans to offer Web-conferencing as a hosted Internet service, seeking to reach small and medium-sized business customers while taking on more established rivals in the market, the company said on Tuesday. International Busine...

Some links: IBM Workplace Services Express product home page IBM Workplace Services Express Flash demo CNET coverage:On Tuesday, IBM said that its Workplace Services Express offering, a package designed for quick installation at smaller organizations, will be available at the end of...

Earlier today, IBM made several announcements, including the introduction of IBM Workplace Services Express. The announcement also included the release of WebSphere Portal 5.1 and introduction of several Workplace solutions. Workplace Services Express is a major announcement. This new offer...

Microsoft had a workshop a few weeks ago for Lotus business partners on integrating Domino and .NET. Looking at the agenda, it appears there was a fair bit of time spent on migration away from Domino, but I'll go with the storyline."There's absolutely no reason to abandon Notes," said Balaban...

In blogging about ComputerWorld's interview with Ray Ozzie, I really wanted to make a different point than I ended up doing. Let's narrow the quote:it's not just the nature of business that's changing; it's the nature of work itself that's changing. You're working with multiple companies, and...

Computerworld has two interesting stories today.. Crossing Boundaries (interview with Ray Ozzie):Ozzie: Essentially, what we've learned in the past few years of people using Groove is that it's not just the nature of business that's changing; it's the nature of work itself that's changing. Y...

Ah, memory lane... For sale on eBay UK (and offered only to Europe, Australia, Canada buyers): Lotus Notes v2.1 - sealed 5¼ disks - collectors item (Thanks, G)...

Well, since a heck of a lot of google searches for the Xact XG2500 (also sometimes referred to as a BellSouth GHS240) end up here, it is my duty to those google searchers to continue to hunt. Today, six months after the phone first appeared in Wired Magazine, I've finally found a retailer offer...

Another reason why I blog

November 5 2004

An e-mail:Just wanted you to know that your blog entry came in very handy yesterday when my boss who happens to read Slashdot questioned me about why we are using Notes instead of Wikis in some cases. The heads up is immensely useful because I would have never found that article on my own.Act...

Ted Stanton, one of the InsideLotus bloggers, has authored a quick "tip" document for developerWorks...This tip describes how to implement message disclaimers in Notes mail using the new Mail Settings document and Message Disclaimers options in the Configuration Settings document in Lotus Notes/...

It has been a few weeks since I said anything about Lotusphere 2005 content planning. The deadline for submitting abstracts was a couple of weeks ago. Maybe the world is just more paticapatory this year -- we had more abstracts submitted for LS05 than any of the previous years I've worked on t...

However, Microsoft must still convert staunch Exchange 5.5 users. Mainstream support for Exchange 5.5 stops at the end of this year and all support ends at the end of 2005. "Our focus is still on 5.5 because as much as 40 percent of the installed base still use it as their primary messaging syst...

Through its extranet, Celina provides its agents working at independent agencies single-click, self-service access to individual policyholder files and other key data. That saves time for the 600 agents across nine states who work for those agencies. But Celina also does something that some mig...

According to the IBM PartnerWorld website, the deadline for submitting nominations for 2005 Lotus Awards has been extended to November 12th. Get those nominations in! There are 12 categories this year -- up from nine for 2004....

See, the .NET team recognizes the value of engaging in an industry-focused debate with competitors from IBM etc.,...too bad for the Exchange team that they don't see it the same way.At a session entitled "The Great J2EE vs. Microsoft .Net Shootout" at the OOPSLA conference here this week, softwa...

It's time to admit something on the record -- I didn't vote in the 2000 presidential election. I was travelling that day in Boston, and I had naïvely expected to return to Chicago in time to get to the polls. But weather and a flight delay didn't cooperate, and I didn't get home until jus...

Oh my sushi

November 1 2004

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Business partners have been essential to the success of Notes and Domino, but IBM believes a renewed commitment to its Lotus partners will be a successful catalyst of future software growth. One key part of that renewed effort is its Move2Lotus seminars in which business partners and IBM Lotus...