November 2007

In one of my customer meetings over the last few weeks, I heard something that at first seemed very startling, but has grown on me in the subsequent weeks. This organization, an academic concern, told us that, as they look out on a five-year planning horizon, they are predicting a major technology...

A useful technote explaining changes in the multi-lingual distribution of Notes 8.0 and beyond:[T]he Lotus Notes (Eclipse-based) client 8.x language version releases will only be available pre-packaged in French, German and Japanese. MUI packs will be required to prepare clients in any other...

Several people sent me links to the two Paul Murphy blog entries about the State of Illinois decision to standardize on Exchange 2003 and Office 2003. In part, this is obviously "local interest" to me as an Illinoisan. But it is also interesting because of the way Paul dissects the decision-making...

Good story with real benefits...Cement Australia collaboration and development manager, Ian Norvock, said the company wanted a fully integrated HRIS, addressing the full gamut of HR transactions, learning and development and performance management while also analysing Intranet usage. He said the c...

It seems that the creative work is ready to go for phase 2 of the Notes 8 end-user advertising efforts. This new theme will be the lead for Notes 8 end-user advertising in 2008, starting outside of the US in Europe, Asia, and Australia: This is the "landing page" for the campaign, the destinatio...

Empire State readers might want to be in Albany next Friday, the 7th, for the New York Capital District Lotus User Group meeting. Details here...

Looking good on the front page of apple.com/downloads.... (Thanks, Susan)...

Google maps driveby

November 27 2007

I am really amazed at the investment Google is putting into expanding the Google Maps experience. There was a lot of buzz six months ago when they first started introducing street-level views. Still, I didn't expect them to embark on an effort to cover entire metropolitan areas. With Google, thou...

A bit later this morning, IBM will issue a press release announcing the availability Lotus Sametime 8, scheduled for Thursday, November 29.New features in Lotus Sametime Standard 8 include: - Expanded platform support for Lotus Domino 8 and server support for VMWare environments. - Extended mobile...

End-users using Notes 8

November 26 2007

A customer wrote me today:FYI - Several of my co-workers were running the Outlook connector because they were unhappy with Notes 6 and 7. Every co-worker that has upgraded to Notes 8 has been very happy and no longer feels the need to run Outlook. Keep up the good work. This is way cool...and more...

Lotusphere 2008 is shaping up to be better than ever, but I sometimes still hear from customers and partners that they need to provide justification to attend. Gregg Eldred did a good job of combing blog entries over the years to answer the "big question" of "Why go to Lotusphere?":While the price...

Mr. Buchan's testimonial to the stability of the Domino 8 release...up and running practically since the day that Domino 8 was released, no issues:I stuck 8.00 on there the day it was released, and stuck BES v4.1.4 on there too. (BES 414 isnt supported on 8.00 - BES v4.15 will be - so dont do this a...

Looking for a short video to highlight the new-and-improved Lotus Notes 8 for end-users? Look no further than the latest IBM upload to YouTube -- straight from the marketing production team (Thanks, Thomas!). Some outtake screen shots -- I've posted all of these on flickr for use as well....

Mark Jourdain, the product manager for Notes/Domino application development, came up with a fantastic idea a few weeks ago. IBM has been looking for ways to provide additional tools for composite applciation development in Notes 8 to a broad audience. Initially, the discussion was about how to bes...

It's great to see the community working to recognize outstanding contributions to the community...The LotusUserGroup.org Blogger Awards recognize the importance of blogging in the Lotus world and celebrates the contribution of bloggers to the Lotus community. Although we recognize that all bloggers...

The nearly-final list of breakout sessions at Lotusphere 2008 has been posted on lotus.com/lotusphere. Note that track 3 seems to appear twice in the view -- once with the sponsor sessions (SPNxxx) and once with the infrastructure sessions (IDxxx). Speaker names are posted along with the session t...

Slate: The death of e-mail

November 16 2007

I would have gotten around to posting this link sooner, but I'm behind in my e-mail...Those of us older than 25 can't imagine a life without e-mail. For the Facebook generation, it's hard to imagine a life of only e-mail, much less a life before it. ... Thinking more practically, there's now a gen...

I wasn't able to make it to DNUG, the Deutsche (German) Notes Users Group meeting this week in Bonn, so I arranged for Brent Peters, VP of Development for Notes/Domino, to be the keynote. Permessa CEO Stefan Mehlnorn is in Bonn and wrote about some of the upcoming Notes features that Brent previewe...

Good case study of a Notes-based intranet deployment in New Zealand that added key functions like people finder, leave requests, RFI process and more to a 650-employee organization."We wanted an intranet that everybody would use and view every day, and we needed workflow as well," says [Siggy ...

As announced by Rob Ingram over on the DominoBlog site, the final Notes/Domino 8 Redbook on deployment is now available. Rob notes:The download numbers for the draft have been impressive at over 10,000 total since it was released as an internet draft on August 2 - including being the #1 most downlo...

Those who have already registered for Lotusphere 2008 should have received an e-mail about session preferences and birds-of-a-feather voting. Both of these opened earlier this week. The BoF voting is particularly important, as the voting process is how BoFs are actually selected. The session pref...

During my travels in Australia last week, I had the opportunity to meet an existing Lotus customer where there is pressure to consider switching to Microsoft Outlook. Hey, it happens. In the course of this meeting, one of my colleagues (I won't name by name, as that would likely identify which cus...

Check out the latest on Lotusphere 2008 by tuning in to the Taking Notes podcast. Bruce and Julian get the latest on all the improvements for 2008 along with insights into what makes this conference successful. [Sandra] talks about things like: * Attendance is up so much that they hav...

My colleague Bob Sutor expresses some of the thoughts and concerns that I've been having since starting to use Facebook three months ago:The basic problem is who gets to know what about me. Short of someone doing something illegal and stealing, say, confidential payroll information, I'm talking abou...

To go along with the beta 2 announcement, you'll find two videos about Lotus Symphony posted on YouTube. The first one talks about some of the motivations behind Symphony evaluation at various customers, and the second is a Ron Sebastian demonstration of Symphony (posted a few weeks ago, but worth...

Symphony beta 2 is being officially announced today... some early coverage:Lotus general manager Mike Rhodin said that more than 250,000 copies of the software's Beta 1 version have been downloaded. "We've been getting very widespread response to this initiative," Rhodin told InternetNews.com. "The...

The channel announcement highlights some of the updates in the new version of Lotus Connections, which is planned for electronic availability on November 16: Expanded support for more operating systems, more browsers, and more directories, so you can easily deploy and integrate social software acro...

On Wednesday, learn the latest about Notes 8 tools for developing great applications, including composite applications:IBM Lotus Notes 8 provides a wide range of developers the ability to provide customized, integrated user interfaces via composite applications and via custom sidebar and toolbar plu...

Sleep deprivation

November 9 2007

The journey home from Oz is a long one, made better by Qantas's business class accomodations and catching an earlier flight to Chicago (way way in the back, but ok). Still, I didn't sleep as much as I'd have liked to. Qantas sat me in one of those "mini cabins" with just two rows of seats. Normal...

Au revoir, Australia!

November 9 2007

Getting ready for the 22-hour journey home to Chicago. It's been a great week in Oz -- a great time of year to visit, a great set of customer and business partner meetings, and some real Aussie experiences. It was good to see old friends (Simon, I owe you a reply mail) and meet new ones. I also a...

I like these new menus... and Coming in the 8.0.1 mail template. The default actions are the top ones -- so replies do not carry attachments by default anymore....

From an e-mail today:I was just in a Microsoft presentation where our company's decision makers were told that the Microsoft share in email has grown from 52% to 86% here in the [sub-region of the USA], and that while companies are constantly converting "from Notes to Exchange" there has nev...

In the Lotus strategy section of the presentations I've been giving this week, one of the slides that I've been spending a lot of time on is how technology trends are changing. A specific talking point on there is really interesting -- how "communities are forming both inside and outside the f...

Melbourne Cup Day

November 7 2007

Yesterday was a great day in Sydney! The day started with 50+ attendees at the Sydney Notes users group meeting. Somehow my presentation was magically timed that I hit the concluding slide just as the breakfast and champagne were wheeled in. Note to Bob Sutor: Not many of the Aussies took adva...

Well, it was available yesterday, but I forgot to hit "save" on the blog entry...We just made the Lotus Symphony Beta 2 release available from our download site. Be one of the first to try out this new release and let us know what you think. ... Remember to un-install previous versions of Lotus Symp...

People I met today...

November 5 2007

Today I met... A customer with a constituency where a gmail/hotmail kind of model would be appropriate to serve a huge population of users... Customers and partners at an event where 95% of the registrants showed up -- whilst they were only expecting the usual 50-60%...(and the establishment did...

Thank you to my Aussie friends for ordering up an absolutely fantastic, perfect, wonderful Sunday in Sydney. For those wondering which suggestion I took for how to spend my day off, it was mostly that from Karl Merkel and others of going to Manly, getting down to the beach, and also checking out No...

The Daibutsu is cast in bronze and weighs 121 tons. I'm sure it would look great next to the other one....

Nissan showroom GT-R

November 3 2007

It was nice of my colleagues Katoh-san and Terasaki-san to recommend that I take a few minutes between yesterday's workshop and dinner to visit Nissan headquarters in Ginza and check out the new GT-R. OK, so this isn't a gearhead blog, but I can see why these guys are excited. That is one im...

Feel good about Notes!

November 2 2007

A few weeks ago, one of the Lotus sales representatives sent me a link (with permisson) to a cool set of PDFs created by a customer as part of their Notes 8 internal marketing. Since I have preached for years that internal marketing is a critical element of successful Notes deployments, I was very...

Wrong hotel

November 2 2007

It's 3 AM in Tokyo, so this must be jet lag. Or maybe it's two other flavors of disorientation. I arrived in Japan about 13 hours ago. A fortunate chain of events had me out of the airport all of 15 minutes after the plane arrived at the gate -- very nice. I took the bus in from the airport to...

What a very nice compliment....Government and private organisations need to think twice about adversarial approaches to online criticism and must learn how to engage with social networking and other websites if they want to control their public image. That's the message from Steve Hodgkinson, the d...